Last Thursday may have been the big food event for most of the nation, with Thanksgiving feasts taking place across the country. But at Putnam Northern Westchester Board of Cooperative Educational Services, Tuesday was the day foodies were talking about because that was the launch of the Educated Palate, the entirely student-run restaurant at the Tech Center.
The opening-day theme on November 22 was Autumn Harvest, and diners tucked in to a fall salad of field greens, pear and candied pecans with maple vinaigrette; leek and cornbread-stuffed turkey breast with mushroom and butternut squash and barley risotto; sautéed Brussels sprouts with bacon and red pepper sauce; and pumpkin cheesecake. A fabulous array of additional treats created by Pastry students was available for purchase after the meal.
While patrons could be heard “ooing” and “ahhing” over the sumptuous cuisine, students were busy keeping up with the demands of the bustling restaurant. “It’s nerve racking,” said Peekskill student Brandon Dearman, as he expertly handled several orders at once. But the experience is helping these budding culinary professionals become at home working in a restaurant.
“It’s much easier this year,” said student Samantha Wallis from Mahopac. “This is my second year working at the Educated Palate so I know the routine.”
Other luncheons will feature the cuisines of the Mediterranean and Middle East, on February 9; Asia on March 15; and France on April 19. Reservations are required within one month of the desired day and are honored after full payment via check is received. Checks should be made payable to Putnam/Northern Westchester BOCES and mailed to The Educated palate, Culinary Arts/Hospitality Academy, 200 BOCES Drive, Yorktown Heights, NY 10598, attention Tech South Secretary. For additional information, call (914) 248-2210.
Photos: Samantha Wallis of Mahopac, above,tends to diners’ needs. Erica Ignacio of Yorktown, below, takes an order at the Educated Palate.