Catering students keep school board fed and happy
School board members may have serious business to take care of at their monthly meetings, but they also have a fresh, home-cooked meal to look forward to.
For the last three months, Moffat County High School catering classes have been practicing their culinary skills by preparing dinner for the school board. For the cost of the ingredients, board members enjoy a fully catered meal in between the afternoon work session and evening meeting.
“They’re doing it on their own, they have to look up the recipe… they have to decide who does what,” said Family and Consumer Sciences teacher Kelly Pyper.
Pyper’s two Catering II classes, with a combined total of 45 students, have been responsible for catering the school board meetings. This month’s menu was Mexican-themed; students came up with recipes for enchiladas, rice and beans, queso dip, fruit salad and a green salad.
“All of us pretty much found our own recipes and went our own way,” said catering student Dakota Nelson. “We don’t follow a recipe to a T.”
Nelson signed up for the class because her dad is a chef who has competed in barbeque competitions, caters local events and is now in the process of starting a food truck called One Thumb BBQ. Nelson is eager to help out.
The students typically cook the meal during class time, but this month had to come in during extra class periods to finish up their work. Cooking for the school board offers a special opportunity to put their skills to the test in the community.
“They’ve done an excellent job,” said Board of Education member Joel Browning. “The food has been great.”
Next up, students will cater the Boys & Girls Club’s Cowboy Christmas event on Dec. 6, making desserts for more than 300 people.
“These kids can do a lot,” Pyper said. “They have come a long way. They are really good.”
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