Casola Dining Room
The Casola Dining Room is open for in-person dining this fall!
Out of an abundance of caution and keeping in line with SUNY Schenectady guidelines, we require all guests of the School of Hotel, Culinary Arts and Tourism wear masks while entering Elston Hall and when visiting the Casola Dining Room, Van Curler Room, Pane e Dolci and the Boucherie. Once seated, guests may remove their masks. If guests are exiting or otherwise moving around the facility, they must return to wearing their masks. Students, faculty, and staff will be wearing masks as directed by the college.
We welcome the opportunity to have you participate in our educational experience by dining with us. The focus, purpose, and vision of the Casola Dining Room centers on education; it is not designed for the purpose of operating a profitable business. All monies collected are used to purchase ingredients so the students will be able to prepare high food cost items in quantity.
Your willingness to participate in this educational experience gives our students training in dining room operations and service, baking, garde manger, and culinary a la carte service.
Each week we offer a different menu from a different cuisine. Each menu has three appetizers, three entrées, a bread selection consistent with the weekly theme, and three desserts. Guests have a choice of one appetizer, one entrée, and one dessert. In the fall semester we feature Regional American Cuisine, while the spring semester concentrates on International Cuisine.
The meals at noon and in the evening are exactly the same. The only difference is the cost. At noon, the meal costs $19.00; in the evening the meal costs $25.00 which includes the New York State sales tax and a surcharge that supports the Faculty Student Development Fund. Patrons may bring their own wine and pay a corkage fee of $3.00 per bottle. The students are not permitted to accept gratuities.
In order to make the dining experience a great learning experience for the students, as well as an enjoyable experience for our Casola Dining Room guests:
- Dinner is served Wednesday at 7:00 and 7:30 p.m.
- Lunch is served Tuesday and Thursday at 12:00 and 12:30 p.m.
- Reservations are mandatory and can be made via Open Table online two weeks in advance of the date.
Any remaining tables will be made available at 10:00 a.m. by calling and leaving a message on our reservation line at 518-381-1391 on a first-come, first-serve basis. Leaving a message does NOT guarantee you a reservation. You will receive a return call confirming or declining your request.
Reservations are limited to six (6) or fewer guests and only one reservation per person per date is allowed. This is done in order to give as many people an opportunity to experience The Casola Dining Room as possible. The dining experience generally takes a minimum of 90 minutes for proper service and preparation of the food.
We have discovered that when we attempt to take more than 50 reservations, the quality of education, food, and service do not meet the high standards that our students and guests have come to expect. Because of the limited amount of seats, reservations book up rapidly; some weeks in as few as 15 minutes. We realize that at times, especially with the popular menus, this makes obtaining reservation for the Casola Dining Room difficult.
Thank you for your interest in dining with us. We appreciate your willingness to help to train the hospitality students at SUNY Schenectady County Community College.