Well done boys, a dining room full of happy customers! After seven weeks of cooking and learning together the Rec Cooking Students from PNBHS put on a pop-up restaurant for the night at Wholegrain Organics’ Cafe on The Square. Firstly we prepared 37 identical dessert glasses (chia see pudding – see recipe) and stored them in the chiller. We then refuelled with 12 large vegan pizzas, and a couple more (hungry teenagers!) before the evening got really busy. Next step was to make 80 bean burgers, pan-fry them and set them on oven trays ready for grilling just before service. Meanwhile salad prep was done, fresh herbs prepared and 8 litres of creamy almond milk prepared for the vegan polenta!
At 6PM the cafe was closed to customers, and a team of boys flew into action transforming the dining room. After ironing the table runners they positioned candles nestled in lima beans and had a lesson on table setting etiquette from our resident expert (thanks Mum!) The last hour whizzed by as boys were briefed on how to meet, greet and seat guests, correct serving technique and order, and the plating plan for each course. Kitchen was setup, food was giving the final cooking, intro welcome given and dinner began.
Appetiser: Seared organic butternut fillet on a bed of red quinoa and lentils with mushroom broth.
Main: Creamy vegan polenta with bean burgers, garlic mushrooms and slow-roast tomatoes.
Dessert: Chia seed “cheesecake in a glass”
4 boys worked on the production line preparing plates, the other 4 boys served finished plates to the tables. Great teamwork, and many happy customers. A really fun evening enjoyed by all, we hope to see you again boys!