Many of the diners are students; however, the teachers are also very keen to support the program. Georgene Inks (Ruidoso High School Drama Department) looks forward to the weekly dining experience, but would like to see more community involvement. She said, “I’ve been here for three years, the lunches are consistently well-prepared and the service is excellent!”
The program enables the students to learn about the culinary arts, develop restaurant and hospitality skills and immerses them in the ins-and-outs of how to run a business. The kids receive elective credits towards their degree and they get the added bonus of being paid for their services at the end of the year.
Miss Teen Ruidoso, Juliann Lamb pointed out, “Kids interested in culinary careers can benefit greatly from this program. We really look forward to Thursdays at the school.”
The Tee Pee Lounge has been in operation since 1987 and features international cuisine. The weekly production occurs every Thursday at 11:10 a.m. and 12:10 p.m. and is part of the culinary arts program at the school. The cost is only $5 for students, $6 for adults and anyone can come.
“We really need the support of this community and every dollar raised goes back into the program to ensure that it keeps running,” said Julie Rigsby, the teacher in charge of the program.
On Thursday, Nov. 18, the menu included parmesan-baked chicken, risotto rice pilaf, French green beans, freshly baked dinner rolls and baby greens salad. Drinks are included and dessert is an additional $1.
Reservations are preferred, but walk-ins are welcome. Call 258-4910 for further information or to make a reservation.