The enchiladas have been rolled. The apple pie has been baked. In the Payson High School's Longhorn Culinary Arts program, the students are ready for community groups to meet and enjoy a meal in their restaurant.
"We passed the state inspection and we are open for business," said Family and Consumer Sciences instructor Devon Wells.
Chinese, Mexican and Italian entrees will be prepared, cooked and served by culinary arts students. After the meal is over, the students do the dishes.
"We are confident with these menus, but we want to limit it to a couple items per group," Wells said.
Complete meals for eight people, complete with coffee, tea and water, are available to any interested group for the low price of $15 to $30 per sitting. That averages to less than $4 per person. A dessert of apple pie and plain or strawberry cheesecake is a little extra.
All are welcome, from civic groups to private parties from now until the end of the school year.
Reservations need to be made a week in advance. The restaurant can accommodate 32 and is open from 10:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Mondays.
A larger room is available that can accommodate 60 people on any weekday.
"I do want the students to experience serving, but I don't want to have the students do more than two days a week because we still need to get our curriculum in," Wells said.
Net proceeds from the meals go into the fund to remodel one of the classroom's home-style kitchens into a professional kitchen.
"Any tips go into a pot and then the students will decide what to do with this quantity of money at the end of the year," Wells said.
Longhorn Culinary Arts can also provide catering upon prior arrangement.
Contact Wells at (928) 474-2233 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to make a reservation.
Longhorn Restaurant menu
Orange chicken: Served with onions, bell pepper and celery, with an orange marmalade sauce. Crab puffs and egg rolls served on the side.
Sweet and sour pork
Bean and beef chimichanga