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Student-managed Prairie restaurant joins Lake County Restaurant Week

by Public Relations and Marketing | Published Feb 14, 2020

Enjoy delicious dining at the College of Lake County (CLC) student-run Prairie restaurant during Lake County Restaurant Week Friday, Feb. 28 through Thursday, March 8. This is the first year CLC is participating in this annual savory event. Culinary students are working hard to learn contemporary restaurant principles and will prepare sophisticated meals to showcase their skills.  

In addition to the Latin American cuisine for lunch on Friday, Feb. 28 and contemporary breakfast on Monday, March 2, you don’t want to miss the prix fixe lunch menu served on Thursday, March 5 featuring: 

  • First course: Salad Lyonnais with a poached egg on a bed of frisee with bacon, onions, caper berries and tossed in champagne vinaigrette 

  • Second course: Pan-seared Hudson valley duck breast with whipped truffle potatoes, asparagus and topped with cherry port sauce 

  • Third course: Classic Creme Brulee 

Located on the Grayslake Campus’ Lower Level A, Prairie (pictured) serves breakfast and lunch certain days of the week during the semester. Operated by students in CLC’s hospitality and culinaryCollege of Lake County culinary students prepare a meal in the student-managed restaurant, Prairie. management program, Prairie offers the community high-quality meals at affordable prices, said Chef William Vena, a professor in CLC’s hospitality and culinary management program.  

“It’s truly win-win for everyone,” said Vena. “We have one of the most competitively priced sit-down restaurants in the area. At the same time, students gain important hands-on experience, ranging from waiting tables to preparing food to supervising kitchen operations.” 

Prairie is one of more than 75 restaurants in 24 communities participate in Visit Lake County’s annual Lake County Restaurant Week. For updates on the menus, visit and email to make a reservation. 


About College of Lake County: 

The College of Lake County is a comprehensive community college committed to equitable high-quality education, cultural enrichment and partnerships to advance the diverse communities it serves in northeastern Illinois. Offered at three campuses in Grayslake, Vernon Hills and Waukegan or online, college classes are affordable and accessible to help each student achieve academic, career and personal goals. More than 70,000 students graduated with degrees and certificates since the college opened in 1969. The College of Lake County is the only higher-education institution ranked among the top 15 best places to work in Illinois by Forbes and is a national leader in many areas, including sustainability and conservation.