John Holley Dining Room

we invite you to dine in our culinary classroom

The John Holley Dining Room is a beautiful facility that opens its culinary season with a variety of "classes" available to the public simulating an operating restaurant. This classroom is named in honor of Mr. Holley for his contributions, leadership and passion to the Culinary Program during his 14-year teaching career at the College.

This state-of-the-art classroom allows instruction that integrates industry technology, systems and innovation. Students experience quality “hands-on” learning by interacting with dining guests. Each Fall and Spring this classroom serves à la carte luncheon menus, banquet-style “Cuisines of the World” menus and in the Spring a magnificent dinner featuring frequently changing menus that emphasize the classical French cuisine as was prepared during the lifetime of Escoffier.

We consider the John Holley Dining Room, located on the first floor of the Advanced Technology Center, to be a place for diners to meet and enjoy the atmosphere, ambience and culinary delights that our Gulf Coast State College students create. At the same time, we remember that this is a classroom and that properly combining fine service and food is work as both an art and as a practice. Reservations are required.


Beginning Monday, January 29, we will begin accepting limited reservations for the John Holley Dining Room Spring semester service.  This semester the students are hosting an A' la Carte menu for both the lunch and dinner service.  Due to the limited seating this semester, only one reservation will be allowed for a party of four (4), for either the lunch OR dinner service.  The cost of lunch is $15.00 per person, or $60.00 per reservation.  The cost of dinner is $30.00 per person, or $120.00 per reservation.  We accept Mastercard, Visa, Discover, and American Express.  Payment must be made at the time the reservation is placed and all reservations are non-refundable.  Please contact Ms. Barbara Cline at 850-872-3838 or by email at  for reservations.

Please remember the John Holley Dining Room is our classroom.  The faculty will be providing guidance and instruction during your visit.  Please be on time as we have a limited time frame to serve, clean-up, review the day, and excuse our students to their next class.  If you arrive late for a reservation, you will most likely miss a course.  Please understand we cannot make substitutions or accommodate special dietary needs.  Please do not ask for take-out, our students need the service experience and we do not have take out containers.


Lunch Dates - Tuesday or Thursday  
 Tuesday, March 6 at 11:30 am  
Thursday, April 19 at 12:00 pm  


Barbara Cline
Assistant Coordinator, Business and Technology
(850) 872-3838

Steve Withall
Instructional Coordinator, Culinary and Hospitality
(850) 769-1551, ext. 4019