Durham College hospitality sizzles at Bistro Max

Students enrolled in Durham College’s Hospitality Management and Culinary Skills programs are inviting members of the public to experience the sight, sound, scent, and taste of success at Bistro Max, a student-operated restaurant/classroom.

Located at Maxwell Heights Secondary School (Maxwell Heights S.S.) in Oshawa, Ont., Bistro Max is part of the Hospitality Management and Culinary Skills programs’ Food Service Operation course. It is open to the public for a 10-week period from September to December, and then again from February to April. Students are responsible for preparing and serving three-course meals from a biweekly, rotating menu for $15 to $16 per person plus tax and gratuities.

Durham College introduced the Culinary Skills and Hospitality Management programs in September 2010. Both programs emphasize culinary expertise and provide a foundation in outstanding customer service. When possible, regional food and beverages are featured in the programs, supporting their commitment to sustainable practices and local cuisine.

While students currently use Maxwell Heights S.S. for their practical lab work, they will eventually move into a new 30,000-square-foot building to be constructed for students studying culinary, hospitality, tourism and agriculture as part of Phase 3 of the college’s three-phase Whitby campus expansion. The building will be able to accommodate an additional 950 students and house a full-service, green-certified restaurant and lounge. The expansion will also include a greenhouse so both students and community members can watch the foods of Durham Region come to life.

Members of the public who are interested in making a reservation at Bistro Max or would like more information can call 905.721.2000 ext. 2488 or email bistro.max@durhamcollege.ca.