Students at East Iberville School are getting some real-life restaurant experience right at their school.
The students are participating in a two-year culinary program call ProStart and as part of the program they operate the Tiger's Paw Cafe at school.
The restaurant is open through December from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. It will offer a full menu from gumbo to etoufee to salads and seafood items. The school received a $500 grant from the Louisiana Restaurant Association to include Louisiana seafood dishes.
"The experience is about as real as it gets," says Delores Pointer, the career and technical education teacher who oversees the program. "Our students walk away with skills they can use anywhere."
The students help create the menu, take the orders, cook the food, run the kitchen, serve as waiters and waitresses and cleanup afterwards. Upon completion of the culinary program and the internship, they have earned 12 hours to go towards their post-secondary culinary education.
The restaurant is open to the public. Pointer says many of the local businessman and plant workers as well as community leaders come eat there.