With a newly redecorated dining room and a commitment to locally grown, sustainable ingredients, the Bagpiper Restaurant at Scotland High School open this week to the public for the 2012-13 school year.
The student-run eatery will be serving breakfast from 8:15 to 11 a.m. and lunch from 11 a.m. until 1:45 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursday.
The restaurant will not be open on days school is not in session at Scotland High.
“I am very excited about opening the restaurant,” said Chef Steve Dibble, who oversees the restaurant and the culinary program at the school. “Since school began, our students have been working on knife skills and basic cooking skills. We have reached a point where the best way for them to keep learning is just to do it, so it’s time to open the doors.”
According to Dibble, the menus this year will feature more locally grown foods.
“It is our hope that most of our produce will come from the horticulture program here at Scotland High,” said Dibble. “What we can’t get from on site, we will buy from local farmers and what we can’t get from Scotland County, we will get from North Carolina farms.”
In addition to the local produce, the restaurant will be using bread and other baked goods made in house by students.
“Chef (Sam) Richardson’s Foods II and Introduction to Culinary Arts classes will be baking most of the bread and dessert items for the restaurant this year,” said Dibble. “Looking at our overall culinary program, we want to make sure that our students leave here well versed in all types of cooking and food production and this is another step toward that.”
Returning diners to the Bagpiper will notice a much different look to the dining room this year as the traditional décor of year’s past has been replaced with a new, more modern motif.
“We want to keep this as a new and fresh and dining experience for our guests,” said Dibble, “while at the same time let our students get a feel for the full restaurant experience, which at times, requires an update to the space.”
For additional information, or to find menus for the Bagpiper Restaurant, visit them online at www.bagpiperrestaurant.com.