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Posted: 15/05/09

Exotic European fayre at BAY6

People can tuck into European cuisine at West Nottinghamshire College’s BAY6 Centre and Coffee Bar, starting with a special Taste of Italy menu from 18-22 May.

Classic Italian fayre will be available at the centre, which provides a practical training and working environment for students with learning difficulties or disabilities, during the week.

On the menu will be homemade tomato and basil soup with a roll priced at £1.50, spinach and ricotta cannelloni served with a mixed salad costing £2.50, vegetable or ham and pineapple pizza at £2, and Tiramisu priced £1.

It will be followed by a Taste of Poland menu from 8-12 June, consisting of summer borscht – a cold beetroot soup served with a roll – at £1.50, pork shashlik – marinated cubes of pork, skewered with bacon and vegetables, served with salad – priced £3, glazed nut rolls (65p) and blueberry cheesecake (£1).

Food is available from 10am to 2pm, with tea, coffee, cakes and sandwiches also served during these times.

The Italian and Polish menus complete a series of themed meals laid on at the centre, which has seen students helping catering staff prepare the meals before serving them up to customers.  They follow the St Patrick’s Day, Easter around the World and British Week menus laid on earlier this year.

Di Fennell, BAY6 Programme Area Leader, said:  “The students have really enjoyed designing the menus, helping source the produce and serving the meals to customers.  It has been invaluable in developing their confidence, communication skills and customer interaction.

“Now they’re looking forward to serving up two more great tasting menus before the academic year ends.”

People can just turn up although parties of eight or more are advised to book a table on 01623 413027.

The BAY6 centre, in Woodhouse Road, Mansfield, is open to the public for hot and cold refreshments.  It also sells hand-made gifts produced by the students.

The centre will be closed for half-term from Monday 25 May, reopening on Monday 1 June.