Educated Palate Celebrates Spring, Despite the Rain


Pictured Above: Students work hard to make Educated Palate the success it is. Pictured Below: Stewart Manville, who has been dining at Educated Palate for more than 20 years,enjoys a meal with fellow patrons including PNW BOCES board member Mary Cay Nilsen, Superintendent James Ryan, and board member Anita Feldman, among others.

It may have rained during the student-run Educated Palate restaurant’s spring luncheon this week, but that didn’t stop it from being filled to capacity. Patrons included newcomers as well as some who have been coming since the restaurant’s inception more than 20 years ago on the campus of PNW BOCES.

“I am 90 years old, and I’ve been coming from the beginning,” said Stewart Manville from White Plains. “I really enjoy it!”

High school students in the Hospitality program at The Tech Center plan the menu, prepare the meal and desserts, wait tables, and host as well as bus tables and clean up.

“I love this program,” said Natalia Imor from Brewster High School, “because it helped me get into the college I wanted to go to.” Imor will attend the Culinary Institute of America in the fall.

Joseph Zerafa, from Mahopac High School, said “The atmosphere and the people in this program are great.We learn everything about serving and how to run a restaurant.”

For the Spring Luncheon theme this week, diners feasted on monte cristo churros, sliced roast filet of beef with gorgonzola shiitake mushroom sauce, Dutchess potatoes and roasted asparagus with garlic, and lemon blueberry cake with lemon curd and blueberry buttercream.

“It is delicious,” said Yvonne Vanutrecht from Wappingers Falls. “I am so excited to be here!”

Artie Petroni from Yonkers was impressed with the ingredients and preparation. “It is really tasty and well balanced, with just the right proportion of ingredients,” he said.