Catering students go ‘entirely bonkers’ for Mad Hatter’s Themed Evening

On Wednesday 8th March, Burton and South Derbyshire College catering and hospitality students treated a fully booked Mulberry Restaurant to an ‘entirely bonkers’ Mad Hatter’s Tea Party Themed Evening.

There was a buzz throughout the Mulberry Fine Dining Restaurant as visitors enjoyed a vibrant ‘curiouser and curiouser’ Alice in Wonderland experience, with a delicious menu freshly prepared and served by students under the close eye of expert lecturers.

Level 3 Hospitality Supervision student, Michael Kirby took responsibility for planning the event and arranging the delicious menu and whacky restaurant décor, which saw tables dressed in artificial grass, mushrooms, playing cards and flowers. Students also looked the part, wearing Mad Hatter crazy hats and bow ties.

The themed events give Wednesday evenings an exciting twist for customers, as well as providing students with valuable work experience. By organising the themed evenings, students gain the job ready skills needed to plan events and provide an excellent customer experience.

Mulberry Restaurant Manager and Lecturer, Denise Oliver, commented: “Michael did a fantastic job planning the themed evening and the students worked really hard to put on a brilliant night, which was very much enjoyed by everyone who attended. The themed evenings enable students to express their creativity and gain confidence dealing with a fully booked restaurant, preparing them for a successful career in the catering industry.”

This is one of many exciting themed evenings that the Mulberry Restaurant hosts throughout the year, with other themes including a Night at the Oscars, James Bond and French Riviera. The evenings are extremely popular, with only limited spaces remaining for the St. Patrick’s Day (15th March), a taste of Mexico (5th April) and a taste of Spain (3rd May) events. The Mulberry is also open Wednesday to Friday lunchtimes, serving high quality food at affordable prices. To book a table for lunch or an evening meal, call 01283 494673 or email

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