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Basic Food Services

This program works in conjunction with the Hospitality and Facility Care and Culinary Arts programs to prepare students for entry level positions in hospitality services for food and lodging.  With the skills that students learn in these programs they are able to secure entry level positions in hotels, nursing homes, hospitals, restaurants, school cafeterias, theme parks, cruise ships, food production plants and private residences.  


Students gain knowledge and develop skills in the following areas of the Basic Food Service Program. They include good personal hygiene, proper hand washing procedures, kitchen safety and sanitation, food safety, proper and safe use of kitchen equipment and knives, reading a recipe, measuring ingredients, identifying kitchen utensils, the function of individual ingredients when baking, the function of eggs in recipes, preparation of various foods from soups, salads, fruits, vegetables, meats and pasta, to baked goods like breads, cakes, cookies, and pies, food service terminology like garde manger, entrée, stocks, and a la cart, nutritious foods for good health and menu planning, budgets and smart shopping, purchasing and storing food, exploring job opportunities, and employability skills. In lab, students get an opportunity to work in a residential kitchen making a wide variety of foods from scratch. Students also receive some on-the-job training at one or two local nursing home facilities. They work directly with or close to a nursing home employee in dietary, housekeeping, laundry, activities and inventory.   


Students are also members of a student organization called FCCLA or Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America. As members, they are eligible to participate in various annual regional and state skill events pertaining to the curriculum taught in these programs. The skill event competitions include Creative Banquet Table Design, Dining Room Attendant, Garde Manger, Guestroom Attendant/ Inspector, Hotel Linen Operations and Inventory, Meeting Event Set-Up, and Pastry Arts. Students spend the night in a hotel in Columbus after the state competitions, and then they attend the FCCLA State Conference at the Ohio State Fair Grounds where they are recognized on stage and receive their awards.   Also, as members, the students participate in community service projects, such as preparing luminaries for the Jingle Bell Parade route in Waverly and Christmas caroling at area nursing facilities.


Some scheduled fieldtrips that our students participate in include the Gordon Food Show in Columbus, the Bob Evans Farm Festival at Rio Grande, and occasionally a movie, COSI, or the Columbus Zoo.

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