• 55°

East Rowan class hosts ’52 & Foods’ in pop-up restaurant

SALISBURY – Students in Katie Misenheimer’s Foods I classes at East Rowan High School hosted “52 & Foods,” a breakfast, lunch and dessert cafe, in their “pop-up” restaurant Tuesday.

Misenheimer’s students saw their restaurant come to life through applying for “jobs” to work behind the scenes preparing meals and also to interact with their guests.

Students got involved through positions that included manager, server, cook and dishwasher.

Guests at Tuesday’s lunch were given the choice of a grilled chicken wrap and baked macaroni and cheese or broccoli and cheddar soup with a salad.

Eleventh-graders Madison Benton and Paityn Butler spoke well of Tuesday’s lunch.

“I thought it was really well planned, and it was really cool,” Butler said.

Benton said she thought it was “well organized.”

“It was like a real restaurant in a way, and the food was really good,” she said.

Misenheimer said that, as a career and technical education teacher, she is always looking for ways to make her lessons connect with students and to teach them skills they will use long after they leave her classroom.

Misenheimer said she began a GoFundMe page at the beginning of the fall semester to purchase used restaurant equipment and supplies for her classroom.

“Through generous donations, I was able to transform my classroom and open the possibility of having a pop-up restaurant in my actual room here at school,” she said. “Actually seeing the refurbished tables, booths and restaurant chairs in our classroom, the students couldn’t help but get excited about the possibilities this would open up.”

Misenheimer teaches students how to work as a team, helps them identify the correct equipment and utensils to use while cooking, and teaches them “basic kitchen skills.”

“We’ve been learning about things such as measuring liquids, solids, that kind of stuff, weighing stuff, how long you should cook something and what temperature it needs to be in order to be served,” ninth-grader Will Williams said. “We started preparing the chicken yesterday. We had to get 4-gallon baggies, had to cut up the chicken breast, place them in the baggies, and we then had to fill up the baggies with Italian dressing and let them marinate. Today we put them on the griddle.”

Misenheimer said students learn to cook fruits, vegetables, grains, proteins and dairy dishes.

“After mastering these skills, the students used their knowledge to start creating menus based on different seating times during the day,” she said.

Tenth-grader Mackenzie Sikes said she loves that she and her classmates had the opportunity to “work together as a team.”

Misenheimer attended a conference last summer that “planted a lot of seeds to be more purposeful” not only in her planning but to allow students to see how her class could relate to their everyday lives.

Misenheimer said she aims for her students to walk away from the experience with “lots of new skills” that they can use at home and for prospective careers.

Students in Misenheimer’s second-block class served pancakes with strawberry topping, a mini parfait, or bacon and cheddar quiches with fresh fruit, orange juice or coffee for breakfast early Tuesday morning.

Guests were provided a choice of a fruit tart or a brownie with milk or hot chocolate for dessert by her fourth-block class Tuesday afternoon.

Misenheimer’s fifth-block class will serve pancakes with strawberry topping at their breakfast on Thursday. Her sixth-block class will serve sausage or a breakfast burrito and mini parfait, orange juice or coffee or chicken Brunswick stew with a side salad at Thursday’s lunch.

Representatives of the Rowan-Salisbury Schools administration and parents and guardians of Foods I students in Misenheimer’s class were among those in attendance Tuesday.

Comments

High School

High school football: Some anxious moments, but Hornets win state title

Local

Photos: Salisbury High Hornets win big in 2AA championship game

Local

County manager outlines projections for the upcoming fiscal year budget, suggests uses for stimulus money

Business

Miami-based Browns Athletic Apparel opens second screen printing location in Salisbury

News

At funeral, fallen Watauga deputies remembered as ‘heroes’

Coronavirus

COVID-19 cluster identified at Granite Quarry Elementary

Coronavirus

More than half of North Carolinians have now taken at least one vaccine shot

Local

City hopes to cover expenses in 2021-22 budget with surplus revenue generated this year

Local

Fallen tree proves to be a blessing for local nonprofit Happy Roots

Local

Quotes of the week

Coronavirus

Health department drops quarantine time from 14 to 10 days

Crime

Blotter: More than $100,000 in property reported stolen from Old Beatty Ford Road site

Local

City fights invasive beetles by injecting trees with insecticide

Local

City names downtown recipients for federal Parks Service grant

China Grove

China Grove Town Council weighs 2021-22 budget priorities, supports buying body cameras

Education

Educators reflect on Teacher Appreciation Week

Education

Livingstone College wins $30,000 Home Depot grant

Education

Shoutouts

News

Shield-A-Badge With Prayer program enters 26th year, accepting volunteers to pair with officers

Education

COVID-19 infection, quarantine numbers in Rowan-Salisbury Schools reach new highs

High School

High school football: Offensive line came together for Hornets, who play for state title tonight

Local

Pro baseball: White makes pro debut and says, ‘It felt amazing to be out there’

Education

West Rowan Middle eighth grader wins investment writing contest

Local

YSUP Rowan invites agencies to participate in youth-focused training