by Jonathan LeTang, Admissions Counselor
Founded in 2007, the Hazell Nut Café, named after distinguished alumnus Jeffery Hazell ’83, is a full-service, student operated café — one of the first in the country — located directly on campus. The Hazell Nut Café, located in Maxcy Hall on the University of New Haven’s main campus, features locally ground coffee, pizza, lobster rolls, sandwiches, pastries, and a variety of delicious foods you can order for a great price.
The recently renovated café has new equipment and an upgraded menu to provide a true restaurant-quality experience for students. Helping to reinforce the University’s reputation as a leader in experiential education, students in our hospitality and tourism management programs intern at the café, learning how to manage and run their own business right on campus, concurrently with their classes. The Hazell Nut Café gives them first-hand experience in everything from food preparation, managing the budget, developing marketing strategies, and producing new menus to keep the customers coming back. Students acquire these career-building skills outside of the classroom, gaining a more in-depth understanding of what it takes to run a small business in the real world of this industry.
Students also gain experience through Jeffery’s Fusion Restaurant, a fine-dining restaurant right on campus. Jeffery’s Fusion was brought to life through a generous donation from Jeffery Hazell. The restaurant seats sixty and is located in Harugari Hall on the University of New Haven’s South Campus. Jeffery’s Fusion’s customers include staff and students, as well as the local community. There is quite a buzz about the food, which includes such tempting dishes as lobster bisque, “Champagne Delight,” which is a sabayon cream dessert with fresh berries, and snapper de rojo.
Juline Mills, coordinator of the UNH hospitality and tourism program, believes that the students’ work at Jeffery’s Fusion better prepares them for the hospitality career field. Students learn about menu planning, various styles of tableside food service and develop skills that give them an edge over other graduates and job applicants in the field.
The Hazell Nut Café and Jeffery’s Fusion: two crucial components of our hospitality and tourism program that provide our students with real-world experience, a glimpse into their future careers, and a chance to give back to their fellow students and faculty.