Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Culinary Arts at WHS

Ms. Lacy and students at work
The first thing I did this morning was order lunch at our very own Warrior Cafe, the student-run Culinary Arts program at WHS.  Led by Culinary Arts teacher Ms. Susan Lacy, a talented  group of seniors enrolled in Culinary Arts class prepare menus, cook a wide range of delicious offerings, take orders and serve and/or deliver lunch for faculty and staff each day.  The students are gaining tremendous real-world experience running a fully-functioning restaurant, the Warrior Cafe.  In addition, they cater larger scale events including the Wakefield Education Foundation Celebration of Learning Banquet and the Senior Class Night Cookout. They host formal luncheons - like the Middlesex League Principals and WMHS Alumni Foundation Hall of Fame annual events - and often host receptions for the Superintendent and School Committee throughout the year.  The Culinary Arts program begins with a class for juniors where they learn the prerequisite skills for the senior course.   We are fortunate to have this unique, authentic curriculum at Wakefield High School, as it is not an experience available in many non-vocational high schools.  By the way, today's menu is:  

Soup:  Roasted Winter Vegetable (carrots, butternut squash, sweet potatoes and onions)
Salad:  Mixed greens topped with golden delicious apples, dried cranberries, pomegranate and sunflower seeds, and crumbled blue cheese
Entree:  Turkey & Sweet Potato Shepard's Pie

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