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Sacramento County Office of Education Sacramento County Office of Education

Student-Run Café Opens for the 2019–20 School Year

Culinary Program Teaches Employability and Social Skills

Local educators, civic leaders, and other invitees attended today’s kickoff of the 21st year of one of Sacramento County’s best-kept fine dining secrets: the Culinary Café.

Students are the driving force behind the Culinary Café and the Culinary Arts Program at Leo A. Palmiter Jr./Sr. High School and Elinor Lincoln Hickey Jr./Sr. High School. The Café, launched during the 1998–99 school year, teaches social and employability skills. The long-running program has helped place many students in jobs at Sacramento-area restaurants.

The launch of the program for the 2019–20 school year showcased the food handling and serving skills students are learning from Chef/Instructor Stephen Hazelton.

Lunch is served at noon on most Thursdays, starting November 8, 2019. The cost is $10 (gratuities appreciated). All proceeds are invested back into the program.

To make lunch reservations, call the Culinary Café at (916) 228-2039.


Student server holding plate of cookies

Instructor helping students serve food from warming dishes

Students posing in front of food warmer