As in years past, The Black Tie Restaurant was open for business in “The Pit” at the high school - - for one night only - - on January 12.
Around 100 students, all belonging to Mrs. Gallagher’s Food and Nutrition classes, brought the mock restaurant to life. Some cooked and prepared the food, while others waited on and bussed tables. Approximately 200 guests were served.
“The restaurant offers my students the opportunity to showcase their talents in both culinary arts and hospitality service,” said High School Food and Nutrition Teacher Mrs. Gallagher. “The students have been learning a different culinary skill and nutrition concept each week.”
This year’s menu featured four entrees - - Chicken Riggies, Sweet and Sour Chicken, Stuffed Shells and Stuffed Pork Roast. The four course meal also included a homemade buttery crescent roll, salad and dessert. For dessert, dinner guests also had four options - - Apple Pie a la Mode, Strawberry and Kiwi Cream Torte, Cheesecake and Black Forest Cake.
As always, the dining area included tables draped with linen table cloths and decorated with flowers and candles to create a restaurant-like atmosphere. There were also ornamental trees with lights and live entertainment, courtesy of the High School Music Department. All servers were dressed in a white shirt, black pants and a black bow tie.
“For most students, this experience provides a wonderful high school memory and an opportunity to try out a career area that may entice them to explore, in more detail, what the food service and hospitality field has to offer,” said Gallagher. “Also, for some, it’s the first time they have had the opportunity to be involved in a school event that their parents and families can come witness - - it’s their big game, their concert, their class theater production.”
The Black Tie Restaurant offered two seatings, one at 5:15 p.m. and another at 6:30 p.m.
Food and Nutrition is a half-year course offered at Whitesboro High School. The Black Tie Restaurant is the end-of-the-course assignment.
Great job to Mrs. Gallagher and all of the students who made the restaurant a reality!
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