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David Aston, Holly Puig and Margaret Wilson enjoying lunch at El Centro

The Westside Wanderers of Central Christian Church  dined at El Centro Collage Thursday, enjoying a Rocky Mountain inspired lunch.

During the spring and fall semesters the talented students in the Food and Hospitality Department of the school prepare lunch on Thursdays and open a fine dining experience to the public for the reasonable price of $12.00. In addition to the price being a "deal" the money helps support the hospitality department.  You can also purchase beautifully decorated cakes for $3.00, bread at the unheard of price of three loaves for $1.00, cookies and muffins, etc. 

The students choose a theme or International cuisine each week to keep the menu fresh and exciting. Rocky Mountain food is very much the farm-to-table concept, but it tackles using a lot of ingredients forged in the Rocky Mountains. For example—local herbs and flowers like the Columbine, Colorado’s state flower. 

Peak fishing in Rocky Mountain National Park takes place from mid-June through mid-October when the trout are plentiful and bite frequently. A delicious ginger lime glazed trout was the star of the show on Thursday’s menu which also featured a jicama salad with spicy pork empanada, poblano potato soup, Annatto rice with queso fresco and choice of chocolate lava cake with bourbon ice cream or berry Napoleon dessert.

The Westside Wanderers are a group of church members who seek the friendship of other seniors while enjoying lunches, day excursions and theater around Dallas and surrounding areas. You do not have to be a member of the church, or any church for that matter, to be a part of the fun. They enjoy the lunches at El Centro so much that they are returning in November for a California Buffet.  If you haven’t dined at El Centro and would like to, email for information.  Seating is limited and on a “first come, first served” basis. 

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