If you’re looking for a healthy lunch or dinner and a way to support Kalamazoo Valley students, make plans to visit the college’s student-run Havirmill Café and 418 restaurant. The cafe opens for the winter semester on Tuesday, January 24 and the new restaurant, 418, is opening on Thursday, January 26.
The cafe and restaurant are both located on the first floor of the Culinary and Allied Health Building, 418 E. Walnut Street in downtown Kalamazoo.
The Havirmill Café's hours are Tuesday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. through February 24. Kalamazoo Valley faculty and staff receive 10 percent off their bill with a Valley ID card.
The 418 restaurant will be open for dinner from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday through Friday until March 15. Reservations are highly encouraged and can be made by calling 269.548.3200.
Both establishments give students hands-on restaurant experiences and are part of Kalamazoo Valley’s “Menus That Matter,” Culinary Arts and Sustainable Food Systems program. Students are in charge of all operations from preparing the food to working the cash register.
The cafe offers a variety of soups, salads and sandwiches and utilizes a grab and go concept with a small “a la carte” menu of made-to-order items.
Meals served in the 418 restaurant will be prepared by students who are beginning their third or fourth semesters in the culinary program. "At this point, they have basic fundamental culinary skills," said culinary instructor Cory Barrett, "The idea here in culinary school is to polish those skills. This will be their first experience in a culinary sense or serving the public in a dinner setting." Barrett stressed that the restaurant is a classroom above all else.