The public is invited to buy a good lunch at a nice price while helping Dearborn hospitality students learn their trade.
The student-run Bon Appétit restaurant inside the Michael Berry Career Center opened for the school year in mid October. Lunch is served Tuesdays through Thursdays from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The center is at the corner of Warren Road and Ann Arbor Trail in Dearborn Heights. Special menus are offered before some holidays. Call the school at 313-827-4800 to learn more.
The District’s culinary arts program started at Fordson High School and was called Wheels Inn. In 2006, the program was moved to the newly built Michael Berry Career Center, where Chef Eleanor Shepperd continued to grow the program until her retirement in 2016. Chef Karen Pokrywki then took over the program.
Currently the restaurant’s success is driven by 20 first year students, 15 second year students and one third year student. Students can work a two-hour or three-hour class, where they learn from scratch baking and cooking and gain hands-on experience with the front-of -the house restaurant operations. This school year the restaurant launched a farm to table food cart that runs every Wednesday from 10:30 a.m to 1 p.m for grab-and-go healthy food options for staff, guests and students.