Update on SCCC Culinary Arts program and Marshall Park partnership

Monday, April 2, 2018
Brendon Bates, a student in the Saline County Career Center Culinary Arts program, works in the kitchen at The Golf Course Grill.
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The Saline County Career Center Culinary Arts program has partnered with the City of Marshall Parks and Recreation Department to operate The Golf Course Grill at Indian Foothills Golf Course. This partnership allows our students to train in a hands-on learning experience.

“Chef (Lorena) Reyes and I are thrilled this partnership has developed with the parks department. Our students are gaining an invaluable experience where they apply the skills we’ve taught them into a real-world setting,” Mitch Holder, director of Saline County Career Center, said.

According to a press release, in addition to participating in this training during the school year, this partnership could translate to a job offer for students.

Director of Parks and Recreation Jeff Stubblefield goes through the menu tasting line during an open house at The Golf Course Grill held on Friday, March 16.
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“Jeff has even mentioned hiring students for work throughout the summer,” Holder said. “Which is really a big opportunity for students to earn a paycheck in an area they enjoy working.”

The partnership developed through conversation between Chef Reyes and Jeff Stubblefield, who serves as the director of Marshall Parks and Recreation.

“By partnering with the Culinary Arts program, we’re able to satisfy several areas of need for both sides,” Stubblefield stated. “This provides an opportunity for students to learn about the food industry while serving the public, and it reduces some costs that we would normally incur.”

Holder said the food is phenomenal too.

“Chef Reyes has tremendous industry experiences and we’re lucky to have her leading our Culinary Arts program,” he added. “If you’ve had any meals prepared by Chef Reyes, you know it’s going to be fantastic.”

The Golf Course Grill is open Monday through Friday from 8-10 a.m., and noon-2 p.m. The program offers a “brunch” menu during the first couple of hours in the day and switches over to a full lunch menu beginning at noon. Daily specials are available, and The Grill’s famous “Tenderloin Thursday’s” will continue to be offered. The Golf Course Grill is open to the public and is located at 1536 E. Watermill Road.

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