Bulldog Café Much more than a cooking class

Students take a break from cooking and plating to introduce themselves and explain what they did for the day. PIA HOVENGA/HAMPTON CHRONICLE

Every other Friday the Hampton-Dumont High School culinary classroom transforms from a learning environment to a full service restaurant and kitchen. A total of 25 students spend the in-between school days studying under the instruction of Jane Hoegh. Just as a football team spends practice time studying game film and honing their skills and instincts, so too do these students, learning the finer points of the culinary arts including: knife strokes, the use of ingredients, proper measurement, serving etiquette, proper cleaning and memorizing recipes.

But when that Friday comes around, the recipes and the how-to’s get tucked away, and it’s just the students, their kitchen and their customers. The doors open at 11:30 a.m., and just like that, it’s another lunch hour at the Bulldog Café.

The Bulldog Café is a full service café/restaurant/classroom establishment at the H-D High School that runs from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. For $6 per person, customers get a three course meal, from salad /appetizer, to entrée and finally, dessert.

Read the full story in the November 1 edition.