From our farm to your table
Our partnership with Kirkwood Community College is at the heart of what we do at The Hotel. In addition to educating the global hospitality leaders of tomorrow, we also play a role in the training of tomorrow’s agricultural professionals. And, as our guest, you benefit by enjoying innovative, local cuisine.
Through our HK Beef program, The Winery at Kirkwood and our Chef’s Garden, many of the products we serve
at The Class Act Restaurant come from no further than a quarter-mile from The Hotel.
Serving the freshest, highest quality ingredients is important to us, as well as being thoughtful of our
The Class Act is the only restaurant in this area that raises and serves their own beef. Made possible through a partnership between Kirkwood’s Culinary Arts and Beef Science programs, students benefit from incredible hands-on learning opportunities.
Utilizing a nose-to-tail approach, chefs at The Class Act Restaurant feature HK Beef in various menu items. Guests are guided by their servers through where and how the products are used on the menu.
In the near future, locally-raised pork and lamb are expected to be offered through a similar partnership.
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The Winery at Kirkwood
Offering the perfect spot for a vineyard, Kirkwood’s campus is home to two viticulture certificate programs: Vineyard Management, and Wine Making and Winery Facility Management. The Winery at Kirkwood produces 13 delicious choices of wine. As a teaching vineyard, The Winery continually seeks new varieties of grapes for Kirkwood students to study. You can enjoy the fruits of their labor at The Class Act Restaurant, Maikka, our lobby bar, or during our Wine at Five event, offered Monday through Thursday from 5 to 6 p.m. in the Hotel lobby.
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The Chef’s Garden
Our Executive Chef and Culinary Arts students meet annually to plan a garden based on the produce needs of The Class Act Restaurant. Between the Chef’s Garden and Horticulture’s greenhouses used by students in Kirkwood’s Ag Sciences programs, everything from herbs to potatoes, pumpkins to kohlrabi, are grown within walking distance of The Hotel. Each year 3,000 pounds of produce are grown at Kirkwood - one-third of which are done hyrdo- and aquaponically, allowing for year-long growth.
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