Completed in 1993 and located in the Mateer Building, Café Laura is an educational partnership between the School of Hospitality Management and Penn State Housing and Food Service. Since 1937, Hospitality Management students have applied food service systems management, stressing the integration of purchasing, menu-planning, and cost analysis in quantity production of quality food. Student experience first-hand the total integration of production and service in the various food venues of Café Laura, while participating in sustainable practices.
Ranked in the nation's top five hospitality management programs, the program's blend of technical and quantitative problem solving coupled with the required 1,000 hours of practical experience has made it a favorite of many national recruiters.
Like all Penn State dining commons, Café Laura helps reduce waste and protects the environment. Recycling bins for metal cans, plastic bottles, newspaper and mix office paper, glass bottles are located in the facility. The composting program uses napkins and kitchen scraps from the café to mix with leaves and other organics for composting at Penn State's Organic Materials Processing and Education Center (OMPEC).
Students in the school grow many of the vegetables and fresh herbs that are used in Café Laura. Café Laura also participates in the farm to college initiative that has the University buying fresh, locally grown produce and dairy. By purchasing locally, Penn State helps local farms, keeps money within the community, and supports a sustainable way of life. Anyone is welcomed to enjoy Café Laura's Lunches and themed Dinners. Just make a reservation and look forward to some delicious cuisines.
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