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Students hone culinary skills at Schoolhouse Cafe

 

March 14, 2018 | View PDF

Christopher Andersson

Marysville students Atreal Loyd, left, and Kolby Green prepare some food as part of the Marysville School District's Schoolhouse Cafe program on March 8.

Local Marysville students run a real restaurant near the downtown as part of the district's Schoolhouse Cafe program.

The program is meant to help students learn cooking and restaurant management skills while at the same time providing a space for locals to eat.

The restaurant is open Tuesdays through Thursdays from 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. at Totem Middle School at 1605 7th St., Marysville.

Students from Marysville-Pilchuck High School and Marysville Getchell High School take part in two classes there.

The first is for culinary arts food preparation.

"These kids prep everything we serve in the restaurant, so they're making fresh bread and desserts and everything else," said Jeff Delman, the chef instruction for the program.

Delman is in his 11th year teaching the program and previously worked in fine dining restaurants in Seattle.

The other class is more about running a restaurant.

"Half of the class is waiting on the public and taking orders, and the other half is making the food," said Delman.

Many different kinds of students get involved with the program.

"Some of them are really enthusiastic and they want to do this, whether they want a culinary arts career or not," said Delman.

"Some are just curious and like to eat," he said.

Marysville-Pilchuck High School student Danika Loucks said she wanted to learn how to cook.

"My mom has always been the one to cook and I wanted to learn so I can make stuff for my little brother," she said. "Now I've been able to bring recipes home."

Marysville student Atreal Loyd said he enjoys cooking.

"I like cooking a lot," he said. "I do it in my personal life and this is cool as I can learn tricks I can take home."

Students are running a restaurant that serves the public, but Delman tries to keep a fun atmosphere.

"It can be really hectic because there's a lot of kids in the kitchen and we have a lot to get done, but I try to make it a fun workplace," he said.

But students still have to meet the right standards for customers.

Christopher Andersson

Marysville student Emma Holscher cuts up some butter as part of the district's Schoolhouse Cafe program on March 8.

"It's up to us to make the recipe right and that's one of the hardest parts," said Loyd.

And Loucks said that Delman can be a tough critic. "He's never quite satisfied with the stuff we do," she said.

Students said they'll take a lot out of their years in the program.

"Learning how to cook, how to measure and just knowing how things should taste," said Loyd.

"Learning to work together and taking what I learned here and applying to my own life," said Loucks.

Prices range from $5 to $10 for meals and include classic American staples like burgers, french dips, Philly cheese steaks and fish and chips.

They also have specials that change every week.

"We make a new soup every week and our specials range across the board from salmon to pastas to baby arugula and grilled chicken breast sandwich," said Delman.

 

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