Our 2016 program began in April with a three-day weekend of events.
We started our first day by meeting at the PAL offices. Once everyone had introduced themselves, we headed a few blocks north to the nearby Union Square Greenmarket. A representative of the market gave us some background on how the market operates to serve NYC and a short cooking demonstration using produce from local vendors, followed by a tour of the market.
Day 2 was held at Fig and Olive Meatpacking where Chef Tim and the F&O staff treated the kids to a cooking demonstration and workshop. The kids learned how to make fish en papillote, zucchini carpaccio and apple tart. After the class, the group sat down to enjoy the fruits of their labor for lunch.
Day 3 was an opportunity for the kids to tour Fig & Olive, including an overview of all the various jobs that are part of the restaurant business. This was followed by service training and an exercise where the participants waited on and served lunch to one another.
It was a very full weekend that allowed us all to get to know one another and to set the tone for an exciting year ahead!