As the spring semester gets underway, the students of the Culinary Arts Institute (CAI) of Montgomery County Community College will reopen the doors of Forty Foot Café for business starting Thursday, Feb. 12, from 9 a.m.-noon.
Operated by students, Forty Foot Café offers an assortment of baked goods, coffee, sandwiches and other food items prepared by CAI students. Revenue from the sales will support the Culinary Arts programs, and tips will help students pay for competitions, field trips, aprons and other program-related items.
The retail bakery, located at 1400 Forty Foot Road, Lansdale, will continue to be open 9 a.m. to 12 noon, Wednesdays and Thursdays, through the end of the semester in early May. The café is easy to access from Forty Foot Road and has convenient parking. Seating is available for a few guests who would like to stay and eat onsite.
The CAI opened Forty Foot Café in October 2014 to provide a hands-on opportunity for students to learn the soft skills of operating a business. The students operating the café are enrolled in the CAI’s Retail Operations course in which students learn customer service skills, as well as how to produce culinary items and baked goods on a large scale.
The CAI’s plans call for the opening of a restaurant bistro in the near future. Like the café, the bistro will feature rotating menu options prepared by the students in their courses, as well as a buffet. The date for the opening of the new bistro will be announced in a few weeks.
~ by Diane VanDyke