NORTHEAST – The Culinary Program at Ivy Tech Community College–Northeast will open its weekly, student-managed deli on Sept. 14. This semester, students have named the deli “Kelty’s Kafé” in memory of Chef Bob Kelty, who passed away in August.
Kelty served as adjunct faculty in the Ivy Tech−Northeast Culinary Arts program from 1985 to 2000, when he accepted the positions of dean of the School of Education and Public and Social Services. He retired earlier this year, after 26 total years of service with Ivy Tech.
“Kelty’s Kafé” will offer a variety of soups, sandwiches, salads and desserts. The café will also offer comfort foods such as fried chicken, mac and cheese, chili, and chicken and noodles when the weather gets cooler.
The Bakery Merchandising course creates and manages a deli each semester on the Coliseum Campus (3800 N. Anthony Blvd.). Each student is assigned a week as head chef, and in this role, he or she will create a themed menu full of fresh and unique items. The students also plan the production schedule, prepare requisitions for food purchases, and calculate costs.
“The Bakery Merchandising class, or ‘deli,’ is one of the most beneficial to our baking and pastry students because they get to put what they’ve learned into action and see if their own baking and pastry thoughts are on track with the trends of the industry and today’s customers,” said Jeff Bunting, Hospitality Administration program chair.
“Kelty’s Kafé” is open every Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. through the end of November. Depending on availability, the weekly menu will be posted on the Ivy Tech−Northeast calendar the Friday prior to deli offerings. Prices are very reasonable and an ever-changing selection of student creations will be available.
“This is the students’ deli and it is run as a real world for-profit business,” said Meshele Wyneken, assistant professor of Hospitality Administration. “It is a lot of planning and hard work but the knowledge and experience gained is well worth it.”
Ivy Tech Community College is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system. Ivy Tech serves nearly 200,000 students annually and has campuses throughout Indiana. It functions as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its community along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North