Grab some grub: Student-run cafe opens in Bath

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BATH — Area residents have another place to get breakfast or lunch while taking part in a youth educational experience, thanks to the opening of a student-run cafe at the Bath Regional Career and Technical Center.

The cafe, hosted by culinary arts students, debuted Tuesday at 800 High St. There are two cafes a week – breakfast from 9-10 a.m. Tuesday, and lunch from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday.

The breakfast cafe offers an a la carte menu, with fresh baked goods and eggs that are made to order. Lunch is a three-course meal and beverage for $7.50. The changing menus are available via e-mail.

“It’s great experience for the students,” Emily Dittman, a culinary arts instructor, said on Wednesday. “It gives them some real-life experience in the educational setting. They get a chance to do the entire process, from menu planning, to the food prep, to setting the room, to serving, and to clean-up. They get to see the whole piece.”

The first day went well, Dittman said, noting there were customers sitting at tables and stopping by for take-out orders at the cafe, which can accommodate about 40 people.

“If people have a particular time-line, it’s best if they put their order in ahead of time, so that we can have it ready for them,” she said.

For reservations, or more information, call 443-8257 or send an e-mail to culinarycafe@rsu1.org.

Alex Lear can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 113 or alear@theforecaster.net. Follow him on Twitter: @learics.

Kierra Hall, a participant in the culinary arts program at the Bath Regional Career and Technical Center, serves patrons Wednesday at a new student-run cafe.

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A Maine native and Colby College graduate, Alex has been covering coastal communities since 2001, and currently handles Bath, Topsham, Cumberland, and North Yarmouth. He and his wife, Lauren, live in the Portland area, and Alex recently released his third album of original music.