Sussex Downs College students are hoping to bowl over 550 guests at a lunch to mark the return of county cricket to Eastbourne after 17 years.
Level 4 Hospitality Management students have been working on the planning of the lunch for several months as part of their course assessment and have created work related tasks for all the Catering & Hospitality students, levels 1 -3, to ensure everything is spot on for the guests and organisers.
The prestigious event on Sunday (14 May) will be the first time that Sussex County Cricket has played at the Saffrons since 2000. Lunch, which includes thai noodle salad and chargrilled salmon, will be served as individual table buffets in a corporate marquee.
Eastbourne Cricket Club Chairman Ian Fletcher-Price has worked with Sussex Downs College students in the past when he has organised the annual Lashings cricket lunch but this will be the first time they have prepared, and presented, the food.
Christina Cavallari, Programme Manager for Catering & Hospitality at Sussex Downs, said, “It’s been a tremendous experience for the students as they have been involved from the start so they can see first-hand the progress that has been made over the months. They’re now in the final stages of preparation which is exciting and we just hope everyone enjoys eating the food as much as we’ve enjoyed being part of this event!”
Ian Fletcher-Price said, “It’s been brilliant to have Sussex Downs College students on board because it shows the community spirit – working together and supporting our local college, which does a fantastic job. We’ve had several meetings with the students over the past months and are really grateful for all their support.”
Last month, the students got hands-on experience when they rustled up a three-course meal for guests in the restaurant at the Pelham House Hotel in Lewes – for one night only. Following the night’s success, the plan is to make the takeover an annual event.