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Advisory: Student-Run Café Opens for 2022–23

Culinary Program Teaches Employability and Social Skills

SCOE Media Advisory

Contact: Xanthi Soriano, Executive Director, Communications
Phone: (279) 789-1601 • Email:



WHAT: Local educators and civic leaders will help celebrate the annual opening of one of Sacramento County’s best-kept fine dining secrets: the Culinary Café at Leo A. Palmiter Jr./Sr. High School. Students are the driving force behind the Café, part of the Culinary Arts Program at Palmiter and the adjoining Elinor Lincoln Hickey Jr./Sr. High School. The students are young people with educational challenges who are learning employability and social skills. They get food service experience and an opportunity to earn a valuable ServSafe food handling certification, which gives them a leg up when applying for work. Many students from the Culinary Arts Program have been placed in jobs at Sacramento-area restaurants.

WHEN: Thursday, October 27, 2022 • THE OPENING EVENT IS INVITATION ONLY • Restaurant service begins at noon • Interviews and photos with students, staff, and guests available 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.

WHERE: Culinary Café at Leo A. Palmiter High School, 2040 Ethan Way (corner of Ethan Way and Cottage Way, three blocks north of Arden Fair Mall).

WHO: Students enrolled in the Culinary Arts Program will showcase the food preparation and service skills they have learned from Culinary Arts Instructor Stephen Hazelton. The Palmiter and Hickey campuses are operated by the Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE) to serve special student populations.

WHY: Invited guests will celebrate the opening of the student-operated Culinary Café. Regular lunch service will take place at noon on most Thursdays, beginning November 3. The cost is $10. Gratuities are appreciated and all proceeds are invested back into the program. Reservations are required: call (916) 228-2039. Lunch dates and menus are available online: 

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