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Sault College is pleased to announce the opening of its newly redesigned and modernized teaching restaurant, Willow, on February 4, 2015. Willow Teaching Restaurant welcomes patrons to an elegant dining atmosphere and features a new, progressive and inspired menu. Willow is located at Sault College, on the corner of Willow and Northern Avenue.

“We are thrilled to be offering the Sault Ste. Marie community this opportunity to experience Sault College students’ exceptional culinary and hospitality skills,” notes Angelique Lemay, Dean of Community Services, Interdisciplinary Studies, and Curriculum and Faculty Enrichment at the College. “Working alongside Sault College faculty Chef Sarah Birkenhauer and Chef Jennifer Healey, students will have the opportunity to perfect their culinary and hospitality skills in an advanced learning restaurant environment. Having a facility like Willow on campus allows our students to apply their craft learned in the Sault College Chef Training, Culinary Management and Hospitality Management programs in a fine dining atmosphere. Sault College Chefs Birkenhauer and Healey have spent considerable time dedicated to designing a menu that will provide a unique epicurean experience. Chef Peter Graf and Hospitality faculty member, Deron Tett, round out the Sault College teaching team, overseeing hospitality students in “the front- of-the- house”. We are also pleased to have Annelise Wolfe join Sault College as Restaurant Manager on Friday nights”, Dean Lemay adds.

Willow’s cuisine reflects a refined contemporary palate, offered alongside featured wines. Willow will open to the public for dinner beginning February 4, on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday evenings. Reservations are preferred, but walk-ins are welcome. To view Willow’s fine dining menu and make a reservation, please e-mail [email protected] or call 705-759-2554, ext. 2513.

Applications for Sault College’s Culinary and Hospitality programs are also currently being accepted for this fall. For more information on these exciting programs, and how to apply, please contact Student Recruitment at 705-759-2554 ext.2222 or visit