Penn State Berks students turn Opportunity House into five-star restaurant

Written by Lisa R. Baldi, Director of Strategic Communications at Penn State Berks.

Penn State Berks students turned Opportunity House into a five-star restaurant on the evening of Tuesday, March 29, 2022. The theme was the Penn State “Lucky Lion” and clients enjoyed a three-course meal and an evening to remember, with a St. Patrick’s Day twist.

Students enrolled in college’s four-year Hospitality Management program were joined by other students throughout the college in this annual volunteer event coordinated by the Office of Campus Life.

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The day began with students shopping for supplies and decorating Opportunity House’s dining area with centerpieces to create ambiance for the clients. Throughout the event, students served in the roles of cooks, sous chefs, hosts, waiters and food runners.

Photo courtesy of Autumn Fritz: Senior Hospitality Management majors planned the menu and prepared the meal.

Opportunity House has been helping the homeless population of Reading since November 1984 and has expanded to include an emergency shelter, a 24/7 childcare and learning center, services from the Children’s Alliance Center, assistance for veterans, and reuse and recycle services that reinvest funds back into the agency in order to further support their mission and services.

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