The ITHQ invites anglo diners to discover its training restaurant

    MONTREAL, Sept. 9 /CNW Telbec/ - Starting now and throughout the academic
year, the Institut de tourisme et d'hôtellerie du Québec invites
English-speaking diners to discover one the city's best-kept secrets, its
training restaurant is open to the public - and at the same time give the
ITHQ's next generation of student servers the opportunity to speak English as
they perfect their service skills. Over its 40-year history, ITHQ programs
have become more international in approach and placed increasing emphasis on
language skills for the hospitality industry. The programs include
industry-specific English as-a-second language classes and try to incorporate
innovative opportunities for practice beyond the traditional classroom. From
now on, English-speaking diners in the know can join the established
French-speaking customer base and help the ITHQ create a training environment
that is closer to the linguistic reality of Montreal restaurants.
    Salle Paul-Emile-Lévesque is a licensed training restaurant with two
rooms, SPEL I and II, together seating 120 people. The decor is stylish and
the ambiance warm. SPEL offers fine contemporary cuisine that is prepared and
served by students under the guidance of expert instructors in cooking and
restaurant service. All the food, from appetizers to desserts, as well as
bread and rolls, is skilfully prepared and beautifully presented by Culinary,
Baking and Pastry Arts students, while service is enthusiastically provided by
students in four different fields: vocational students in the one-year
Professional Restaurant Service program, or first-year CEGEP students enrolled
in International Hotel Management, Tourism Management or Applied Restaurant
Management. ITHQ student servers are trained to provide formal guest service
and, depending on how far along they are in the course or the program they are
in, this may include tableside preparations such as carving, saucing, plating
and flambéing.
    SPEL serves lunch and dinner from Tuesdays to Fridays, with admission by
reservation only. The menus, which change approximately every three weeks, are
table d'hôte and offer a choice of appetizer or soup, a main dish with
vegetables, and coffee or tea. Menus are affordably priced from $9 to $13.50;
desserts, applicable taxes and tips are extra. A sampling of this season's
menu selections: lobster ravioli, gingered carrot and sweet potato soup,
braised lamb shoulder with pesto, striped bass fillet with fennel, guinea fowl
supreme au jus, Opera cake and maple charlotte. The wine list offers a fine
selection of local and international wines ranging from $16 to $38. Cash,
debit cards, Visa, MasterCard and American Express are accepted.
    SPEL operates only during the academic year, which typically runs from
September to mid-December, and February to mid-May. This fall, lunches are
served from Sept. 23 to Dec. 12, and dinners from Sept. 2 to Dec. 12. There is
a strictly respected 30-minute arrival window for customers (lunch - 11:45 am
to 12:15 pm; dinner - 4:45 to 5:15 pm) as the student chefs and servers must
finish on time to get to their next class. Hours of operation for SPEL are
11:45 am to 2:00 pm for lunch, and 4:45 pm to 7:00 pm for dinner. Reservations
are required (514.282.5161).
    Located in Plateau Mont-Royal at 3535 St. Denis Street, just across the
street from Carré St. Louis, the ITHQ is easily accessible by public transit.
Busses #24 and #144 stop at the building, as does the Sherbrooke metro.
Metered parking is available on nearby streets.

    Established by the government of Quebec in 1968, the ITHQ is dedicated to
training people for the Quebec hospitality industry. Each year about
1250 students enrol in the 25 exclusive programs at the vocational, CEGEP and
university levels. The ITHQ is the only hospitality school in Canada with a
42-room training hotel, upscale hotel restaurant, two training restaurants,
three banquet rooms, 75-place underground parking lot, as well as a sensory
analysis lab, food chemistry lab and multi-media library specializing in the
tourism, hotel and food service sectors.
    In 2005, the ITHQ received the Pinnacles Award for Educator of the Year,
the food service and hospitality industry's only national recognition program
for excellence. Among the ITHQ's award-winning students is Stéphanie Gagné,
ITHQ graduate in Professional Restaurant Service, who received three medals in
2008 as part of the 14th Canadian Skills Competition for secondary level
students in Restaurant Service: gold at the regional level in Montreal, silver
at the provincial level in Quebec City and gold at the national level in
    ITHQ programs integrate work and study so that students are provided with
practical and theoretical knowledge of their field; thanks to partnerships
with recognized industry businesses and organizations, the ITHQ provides over
850 student internship positions each year. The ITHQ continues to innovate and
be recognized internationally as a leader in its field.

                                               Photos available upon request.

    Source: Paul Caccia
            Director, ITHQ Public Relations and International Affairs
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For further information:

For further information: Paul Caccia, Director, ITHQ Public Relations
and International Affairs, (514) 282-5110,

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