KALISPELL - With their "pop-up" restaurant just a day away from opening the senior culinary students at Flathead Valley Community College are busy preparing.
"We're doing an Italian-Caribbean restaurant fusion style and the concept is going to make old world flavors meet new world flavors," said FVCC culinary student Allie West Culinary.
Named "Eclipse," the restaurant will only be open a short period of time for three weekends in October.
"An eclipse is two things coming together and that's what we're trying to accomplish as well and it is something that only happens over a short period of time, and same with our "pop-up" restaurant," said culinary student Haley Lindgren. "Our teacher gives us parameters of what we can kind do but it's really up to us what we want to be, who we want to be, what we want to become."
The pop-up restaurant is the students' senior capstone project and showcases the skills they have been building for 18 months.
Thier instructor, Chef Howard Karp, helped build the successful culinary program.
"We have a really unique program here. I really try to give the students a real feel of the outside and what the real world is in my craft," Karp said. "It's not meant to be the teaching of being in the restaurant business, because the food industry is so large today. What it's really meant to do is teach you to be entrepreneurial. The kids came up with their own menu, they had a food cost and had to do everything about it."
Eclipse will be open for the next three weekends in the instructional kitchen in the lower level of the Arts and Technology buildings. Making reservations is recommended.
The restaurant officially opens Thursday, but seats are already sold-out for the day. It's hours of operation with be Thursdays through Saturdays from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. for the next three weekends.
This year, for the first time, they will be serving beer and wine. For more information or to make a reservation you can call 406-871-6736.