Students of MLK Jr. Education Center's Culinary Arts Program To Celebrate the Release of a New Menu With an Open House

Students of the MLK Education Center’s Culinary Arts Program will heat things up this winter with a public open house and the release of their new, savory catering menu Thursday, Jan. 28, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Carmichael Room at the MLK Education Center, 2727 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.

The free event will feature more than 20 menu selections, including Tandoori chicken skewers, spicy pork empanadas and mini pumpkin cupcakes. There will also be an omelet bar and carving station featuring smoked St. Louis style ribs and carved beef tri-tip with a wild mushroom demi-glacé. Some of other hot items on the new menu include the following:

· Pan-seared salmon with lemon caper butter
· Tortilla chicken soup with fried tortilla strips
· Stuffed portobello mushrooms

The culinary arts program – which provides catering services throughout the community – educates students about food service and catering. Students hone their skills in a commercial kitchen that prepares meals for youth in detention, a residential treatment program and the Martin Luther King Jr. Education Center. Currently, 23 students are enrolled in the program that began in 2005. The students are taught all aspects of food service including customer service, washing dishes and setting up for events. Every student completes the Oregon Food Handlers Course and obtains a Food Handlers Card.

Details about catering services available through the MLK Education Center’s Culinary Arts Program, including pricing and menu items, is available by phoning (541) 682-4700.

About the Martin Luther King Jr. Education Center:
The Martin Luther King Jr. Education Center provides opportunities for students to develop skills for success in school, at work and in the community. Serving middle and high school students who have an active case with the Lane County Department of Youth Services (DYS), the program is a collaboration between DYS and the Lane Education Service District. The center provides services and support to juvenile offenders who have experienced multiple interruptions in traditional school placement. In addition to providing education support, the program also offers job skills education in the vocation areas of culinary arts, technology, horticulture and medical technician. The program’s success often leads to dramatic, positive changes in behavior, performance and attitude. For more information, visit the center’s Web site at