Although student chefs prepare the dishes for Coral Gables Senior High School’s annual Gala Night, the food is nothing like cafeteria fare. Menus have included blueberry- and pistachio-crusted goat cheese medallions and cabernet-filet mignon stuffed with roasted garlic.
At this year’s Gala Night, coming up March 18 at the Dome restaurant, the main course will be chicken roulade lined with apples and sausage, served alongside roasted fingerling potatoes and a port wine au jus.
These gourmet meals are prepared by students in the award-winning Culinary Arts Program at Coral Gables High.
The program is part of the academies division of the curriculum; an academy is similar to a major in college and dictates what courses the students take. In recent years the program, headed by teacher-chef Mercy Vera with colleague Angel Vazquez, has become one of the elite programs of Miami-Dade Public Schools.
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