Dublin High School Gaels Catering Students Served 3,100 Meals This School Year
by Jackie Lawson (teacher – Dublin High School)
Student run catering programs are not new in today’s culinary world. However at Dublin High School, the Gaels Catering students are a degree beyond the majority of those in their field. This school year alone the students have prepared and served over 3,100 meals. The group has consistently been supported by the Dublin Unified School District and Dublin High School. In addition, the City of Dublin, local unions, athletic teams, and private events keep the students busy most weeks of the school year.
About half of the catering class has shown interest in pursuing a career in the food industry. Some are drawn to the savory side of the business while for others it’s baking and pastry. Dublin High School is fortunate to have support of Technical Education classes and offers Culinary I/II, Regional and International Cuisine III/IV, Baking and Pastry in addition to Catering and Advanced Catering. The Culinary Department will offer nine sections next year in their brand new facility (made possible by the Bond Measure ‘C’ funded Dublin High School Renewal Project).
The Consumer and Family Department, which includes Culinary Arts, will move during the summer to a building across campus with five new classrooms. Of the five classrooms, one will be a traditional six kitchen classroom, while the other will be a state of the art commercial classroom. The commercial kitchen will be equipped with a double deck convection oven, proofing oven, four reach-in freezers and refrigerators, gas ranges, a commercial dishwashing system, and flat screens to project instructor demonstrations to potential young chefs.
Diablo Valley College (DVC) and Dublin High School have articulated two classes, meaning that if a high school student successfully completes the articulated class and passes the DVC class exit exam with a score of eighty percent or higher, the student receives credit for the class. The earned units may be transferred to other colleges or universities as per that college’s transfer credit policy. If a Dublin student is planning on enrolling in the DVC culinary program and they already received credit for either of the two articulated classes, they receive class and unit credit and may enroll in upper division classes immediately. The student thereby avoids the bottleneck of students waiting to take these two preliminary classes.
The next time you are on the Dublin High School campus and eat something delicious, odds are you have Gaels Catering to thank!