The Oakley Dining Room

Join us each Spring in the Oakley Dining Room for a delicious three course meal!
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Students in the Meal Management course (NTN 422) operate the Oakley Dining Room. The Meal Management course is required for students majoring in nutrition and dietetics.

For each meal, the students start with an idea for a theme, build a menu around it, and then execute this multi-component project. This capstone course is an amalgamation of what these students have learned throughout their undergraduate education including courses in nutrition, food preparation, food science, and business management.  In the execution of their meals, the students develop professional skills such as critical thinking, time management, cost analysis, marketing, and customer service.

Each week a different student serves as the Oakley manager responsible. Other students in the class are responsible for preparing and serving the meal as instructed by the manager. These meals are definitely a group effort!

Service starts on March 25, 2020, and will be provided each Wednesday of the Spring semester. Dates and themes are listed below. Click on the theme name for each date to learn more about the theme, the menu, and the meal price.  Meals are served at 11:30 a.m.  Reservations are required and can be made by calling (270) 809-3152 or visiting http:/

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Wednesday, March 13, 2019: Jack and Joan's Cupboard
Manager: Megan Claspell
Wednesday, March 20, 2019: no meal service due to Spring Break
Wednesday, March 27, 2019: A Taste of Bluegrass
Manager: Karly Stom
Wednesday, April 3, 2019: Italian - "Benvenuto a Italia"
Manager: Sarah Frederickson
Wednesday, April 10, 2019: The Master's Club Luncheon
Manager: Jane Watts
Wednesday, April 17, 2019: Mexican Fiesta
Manager:  Bridgette Holt
Wednesday, April 24, 2019: A Celebration of Earth Day
Manager:  Bailey Lankster
Wednesday, May 1, 2019: Mother’s Day Brunch
Manager: Bethany Meredith


This year, the nutrition and dietetics program has partnered with the Dr. Alyx Shultz and Dr. Steve Still in the Hutson School of Agriculture to include fresh herbs, vegetables, or honey in the recipes. The fresh herbs and vegetables were grown as part of the Mabel’s Garden initiative to reconnect classroom knowledge, food production, and community involvement. The honey was harvested from the apiary at the Murray State Arboretum.

The program would also like to thank the Kentucky Poultry Federation, Jamie Guffey, Executive Director, for a generous donation and Lyons Magnus ( for their donation of Designer Dessert Sauces. The program also appreciates the culinary skills workshop provided to the students this semester from Chef Bob Adams and Rayona Baker from Gordon Food Service (GFS). 

Additional Information

The menu is fixed and we are unable to make substitutions. Seating will begin at 11:30 a.m. It may take
up to 15 minutes to seat all guests. Seating may not be available after noon despite having a reservation.
Unfortunately, we are unable to accept credit or debit cards. Cash or checks only.

Parking: Visitors to Murray State University may park at the Curris Center. Murray State requests that
visitors register their vehicle at https://murraystate.nupark. com/portal.

Digital Media Notice: Photographs, video images, or other media could be captured during the dining
experience. By placing a reservation, you agree to release Murray State from any and all liability related
to dissemination of your image.