Shaker Village hosts community college chefs
The restaurant opens to the public Oct. 1. It is in an old kitchen in one of the sections of Shaker Village's main buildings originally designed for culinary education, said Funi Burdick, the village's executive director.
Burdick reached out to Hall and the college.
"They add a lot to the village, especially because they bring another age group here," she said. "It's great to see fresh young kids around."
"It's perfect for us here," he said. "Their mission is education, and our mission is education. It's a great fit."
In fact, the partnership of the school and the village — the college has signed a two-year lease — has added another dimension to the college's culinary programs, Hall said. The Shakers taught the concept of "farm-to-table," or self-sustaining food systems in which little or no food stock was needed from outside sources.
And there will be a lot of collaboration in the future between the village and the students, Burdick said, as there was at a recent event the students catered at the village.
"You'll be able to get a full-course meal for nine bucks," Hall said.
"The atmosphere is great, and we love what we've seen of our new clientele," LaRoche said. "It's like we finally have a home here."
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