Overview

The restaurant will be a small venue open for lunch six days per week. We will serve a limited menu made from fresh, locally sourced ingredients. Menu items will include housemade tomato soup, fresh breads, charcuterie, and a selection of seasonal salads. The restaurant will provide training opportunities for students, and we hope to employ adults with special needs. The restaurant will be located within a working greenhouse, providing a true farm-to-table experience.

Objectives

  • Provide job training for students in all aspects of the restaurant industry

  • Build a workforce to support local culinary & hospitality businesses

  • Employ adults with special needs

  • Create a revenue stream that helps sustain the Chesapeake Food Connection project

  • Incorporate locally sourced ingredients and finished goods to support local farmers and small businesses

Timeline

We've done our best to estimate our project timeline. However, reality doesn't always cooperate with even the best-laid plans! The timeline below is our best current estimate of when the restaurant will be opened. The restaurant will provide training opportunities for students in all aspects of the culinary arts and service, so our goal will be to open as soon as it is feasible to do so.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS 

Why is this part of the Chesapeake Food Connection project?


The Eastern Shore of Maryland has a robust tourism economy, but restaurants often have a difficult time hiring qualified employees. We will provide extensive training and skills development for students interested in culinary and restaurant service careers. We also hope to employ adults with special needs who will be able to help with food preparation and table turns. The restaurant will also help sustain the overall Chesapeake Food Connection project through the revenues it generates.




Where on the property will the restaurant be located?


The restaurant will be located within a working greenhouse, providing a true farm-to-table experience. The greenhouse will be located near the education building for Farming4Hunger.




What kind of training and skills will students learn?


Students will have the opportunity to learn every many aspects of the restaurant industry. Specific skills include, but are not limited to: - Food prep and food safety (cleaning, chopping, etc.) - Cooking, plating & presentation - Menu planning & ordering - Service & hosting - Point of Sale software




Will you offer carry out and/or delivery?


We will offer carry-out orders, but we are not planning to offer delivery service at this time.




Will there be a lot of noise and traffic? What will your hours be?


Noise and traffic at the restaurant will be very minimal. The restaurant will be open for lunch only. Our tentative plan is to open Monday - Saturday, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.





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