Ara hospitality students in Timaru put their customer service and cooking skills to the test by running a restaurant and bar on campus that caters to paying customers.
Starz Restaurant is open to the public at certain times of the year (see below) and also hosts one-off functions, demonstrations, themed nights and chef’s table dining experiences.
The restaurant prepares students by giving them confidence in a real-world environment and adds to the comprehensive nature of their hospitality education. Menus are developed to support our students’ learning and to offer a selection to tempt the palate of our diners. They include vegetarian, dairy-free and gluten-free options and may change depending on the season and teaching requirements.
Starz dates for 2019
Tuesday 28 May*
Wednesday 29 May *
Tuesday 5 June*
Wednesday 6 June*
Tuesday 29 October
Wednesday 30 October
Tuesday 5 November
Wednesday 6 November
Meals prepared and served by Level 4 Certificate Cookery students. spaces are limited to 25 guests each night.
*Themed Restaurant evenings (see below for details)
Game of Thrones
Tuesday 28 and Wednesday 29 May
Three course meal - $40 per person. Style is family service - meals are placed at the centre of the table for diners to serve themselves (vegetarian option available if requested when booking). The bar opens at 5pm, reservations taken for dinner bookings between 6pm and 7.30pm.
Pub Food & Quiz
Wednesday 5 June (Thursday 6 June is already sold out)
Includes a three course meal and a quick-fire quiz for non-quizzers. $30 per person. There are four quiz categories: general knowledge; food; beverages and one more (to be decided) plus prizes up for grabs. Teams can be 2-5 people.
The bar opens at 5pm, dinner is at 6pm. Quiz starts at 6.30pm.
To make a reservation email: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 0800 24 24 76.
Tuesday 5 November 2019, 11.30am - 12.30pm.
Special acknowledgments and our appreciation to the companies supporting our students through Starz:
- C4 Coffee
- Southern Hospitality
- Moffat Ltd
- Akaroa Salmon