This all happened a couple months ago but I thought to hold it for a more appropriate time. That’s now — because the Peninsula High School Catering Club will be displaying its culinary talents on Saturday at the Gig Harbor Yacht Club. They will provide a choice of salmon or vegetarian pasta dinners to patrons of the Gig Harbor Arts Center Alliance’s fun and fundraising “Evening of ExtraOARdinary Delights.”
It all started with an email from PHS culinary arts teacher Mary Lyssand.
“My catering club is going to teach first-graders at Minter Elementary how to cook. They are going to do a cooking demo and inspire first-graders to think about careers in culinary arts,” Lyssand wrote. “My girls are so excited to work with the first-graders.”
At my request, in advance of the big day, Minter first grade teacher Amanda Hefa had her students express their views.
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“What?! Cooking?!” exclaimed Abigail Grover. “How do high schoolers even do that?”
For James Kane, “Learning how to cook things will be fun. I am just interested in how they will make it in our classroom.”
And Mikiyas Arnold declared, “I am excited to learn cooking. I want to be a chef. Well, I am halfway there, and this will get me my other half.”
That’s what I call self confidence.
“The kiddos were very enthusiastic and we loved talking with the high schoolers, who were all so friendly!” said Hefa. “I especially loved the part where we talked about the types of classes offered in high school that focus on future interests. As a Kids@Hope school, we are always time traveling and thinking of our futures. It was fun to be able to see what kids could do before they become grown-ups.”
After the cooking lesson, the kids expressed their feelings about the experience.
“Now I know how to make crepes!” said Ryan Anderson. “I am going to have crepes everyday, all spring break long!” Pointing to crepes in his mouth, Greyson Riley assured that, “This is the best ... I want to make these.”
But to classmate Angelina Segrera, “It is like they are GROWING the crepes. This isn’t a how-to make them, it is a how-to GROW them!”
Funny! I failed to notice that.
PHS catering club member Madeleine Breland “really enjoyed interacting with the first graders. Some of their comments were hilarious.”
For fellow caterer Jessica Scaduto, “This was definitely one of our best events. I had so much fun making crepes for the students.” Her colleague, Kyle Anne Elliott, “loved working with the first-graders. The thank you’s they sent us were wonderful.”
“Now my students want to be in high school so they can ‘take all the classes!’” Hefa said. “PHS gifted my youngsters with this opportunity to anticipate a fabulous and exciting time in high school. My class was able to see that school and learning can be fun! We always say, ‘Never give up! Never surrender!’ Now, my students really do not want give up because they want to succeed in school so they can get to high school!
“Also,” Hefa said, “I know the overall comments were: ‘This is amazing,’ ‘Mmmmm, yummy,’ ‘Oooh, so good!’ And even one of the moms who came to help was pregnant and said, ‘The baby really liked the crepes.’”
Summing it all up, Hefa enthused, “We loved our in-school field trip!”
I’d a liked it a lot better if I’d had even one tiny bite of the crepes. But I was on duty.