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AW Beattie offers lunches and desserts to the public

The AW Beattie Career Student Restaurant is open to the public every Thursday and Friday for breakfast and lunch.

The restaurant, located at the AW Beattie Career Center on Babcock Boulevard in Allison Park, serves a different menu each week. Breakfast is available from 8:15 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. and lunch from 11:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Lunch selections can also be ordered for take-out only from 1 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

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Guests can enjoy their meal served in the dining room by students from the culinary arts department, said chef instructor Aaron Yurek.

Customers can finish their meal with dessert or take home fresh bread from the AW Beattie Career Center Bakery, baked by students in the Baking Arts Department.

Lunches are buffet style and Yurek selects the menu based on what the students are learning that week.

The lunch buffet is $8 and includes a main course, side and soup. Breakfast is $6.50, but items can also be purchased a la carte for a separate price.

Everything in the restaurant is student-run with guidance from the instructor. Students in the culinary department learn about cooking as well as how to serve and work in a high-stress environment, Yurek said. They also learn the soft skills needed to be a leader, including good communication, personal cleanliness and good attendance, because if students don’t show up, someone else has to do their job, he said. declared.

“It’s not just about cooking, it’s about working as a team,” he said.

The bakery crate is on display in the dining room, along with a dessert table, as a dessert is included with lunch, said baking arts department instructor Ken Morehead.

The selection can include cookies, puff pastry, white and chocolate cakes, creme brulee, puddings and hot desserts like peach cobbler. Students also bake and sell a variety of breads, rolls and English muffins.

The Baking Arts Department had to raise prices slightly to account for rising ingredient costs. But the prices are still quite competitive with bread at $1.50 a loaf, a dozen cookies at $4 or a quarter sheet of cake at $16. He said they are also open for outside orders.

The center averages more than 100 clients a day, said Eric Heasley, executive director of the AW Beattie Career Center.

It’s just one of the ways the career center provides real-world experience for its students, Heasley said.

“It’s a great program, one of our most popular, and students get gainful employment. The program is highly respected,” Heasley said.

Culinary arts skills include food ordering, storage, inventory, food preparation, cooking, carving, and customer service. All students can earn certification in safe food handling, Yurek said.

Morehead said the baking arts department covers all facets of baking arts, including proper measurement techniques and the functions of a commercial bakery.

“There are a lot of things we do that are different from baking at home,” he said.

Students in the culinary arts program can also complete a three-year food truck project as they begin their second year. Yurek said this program was instituted two years ago. So next year’s graduates will be the first to complete it.

The project consists of 30 modules, including coming up with food truck ideas, using a specialized oven, learning how to attract potential investors, designing letterhead and business cards, creating menus and prep lists food.

The students team up with the advertising design department to help create their food truck look.

Yurek is a former Beattie Tech student, graduating in 2001 from Shaler Area. He said he had a head start when he attended culinary school after Beattie, which allowed him to hone his skills.

“It really gave me a head start at the next level,” he said.

Morehead, who has worked at Beattie for 22 years, said many baking arts students go straight into related jobs after graduating, and others go on to a culinary program in high school.

There are 45 students in the culinary arts program and 25 in the baking arts program, Heasley said.

AW Career Center is an extension of nine local school districts in Allegheny County including Avonworth, Deer Lakes, Fox Chapel Area, Hampton, Northgate, North Allegheny, North Hills, Pine-Richland and Shaler Area for students in grades 10 through the 12th year.

The career center offers 20 programs that ensure students are ready for college and careers in their field after graduation from high school, according to Beattie’s website.

Heasley said the website would contain information about its annual Friday fish fries during Lent.

Morehead said Beattie is reinstating its popular baking arts summer camp for youngsters entering sixth and seventh grades, with this year’s theme “South of the Border”, from June 13-16. Details will be posted on the school’s website.

Natalie Beneviat is a contributing writer for Trib Total Media.