The creative foods students at Storm Lake High School have opened their Kreative Kitchen for the semester and just look what's on the menu!
The students, all of whom completed beginning foods prior to registering for the advanced class, have prepared nine menus containing an entree, side dish and dessert. For nine Fridays, teachers, administrators and members of the community are invited to visit the Kreative Kitchen and enjoy the meals (for a small fee) that the young students have prepared.
Working in small groups, the menus are planned using criteria set up by instructor Becky Stille. The meals must contain a variety of color, temperature and texture.
The recipes are selected from Mrs. Stille's own collection of Taste of Home cookbooks. Though the students don't have a chance to experiment with the recipes before they prepare them for the public, their teacher is convinced that the recipes are all good. "They are tried and true," she said.
In addition to preparing the meals for the public, the students learn what else goes along with preparing a meal. A shopping list must be prepared and the students take turns actually going to the grocery store to select the items needed, based on quality and price. Following a theme, the students also prepare center pieces for the tables and have in the past sewn the edges of cloth to serve as table coverings. (The home ec department does have a variety of table cloths and centerpieces to select from to be used over again.)
The students learn to fold napkins, set the table and even learn table etiquette.
Stille has been teaching the course for the past three years but the Kreative Kitchen was implemented into the cooking course some 10 years prior.
The instructor has as much fun as the students. Last year, she said, she had the chance to take part in a course held at the culinary arts school, Johnson and Wales University in Denver. It was interesting, she said, being on the opposite side - here she was the student. She brought back much useful information that she has been able to share with her students.
The Kreative Kitchen portion of the foods class, she stressed, can be so useful. "Hopefully if they go into culinary arts for more advanced skills, they'll have the basics down. These skills are wonderful and can also be used in their homes."
Reservations are required for anyone wishing to visit the Kreative Kitchen. They can be made by calling the high school at 732-8065 the Wednesday before dining on Friday. The cost per meal is $4.50 - the portions are big!
Kreative Kitchen will also be providing meals for those people who abstain from eating meat on Fridays during lent. Serving begins at 12:10 p.m. in room 18.