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SKAMANIA LODGE COOKS WITH KIDS
Lodge partners with local high school to prepare students for culinary careers
"This is a great opportunity for Stevenson culinary students to learn the ropes, for Chef Boheim to shape future culinary students, and for the community to experience the partnership and education coming to fruition in a delightful dinner experience," said Scott Spann, general manager at Skamania Lodge. "As a leader in Northwest hospitality, we want to share that knowledge with the hospitality leaders of the future and be involved with the education of our local community."
This year, 45 students are participating in the Cooking With Kids program, an hour-long daily class that runs for a full school year. Each month, members of Skamania Lodge’s culinary team work with area students to teach them new skills ranging from proper cooking techniques to providing hands-on educational opportunities related to the day-to-day operations of a restaurant. The program has already seen success with three students hired to work weekends at Skamania Lodge this year.
On June 8, each student will work in an assigned position to mimic experience in a working restaurant. The staff will include a chef, dining room manager, host, garde manger, pastry chef, sous chef, and line cooks. Students will spend the days prior to the dinner preparing the dishes for the evening. On Tuesday, the class will make compound herb butter and pipes rosette. Wednesday the class will make antipasti salad, Thursday the class will make tiramisu, and Friday, prior to dinner service, the class will prepare chicken.
The full dinner menu will include delectable dishes, all student-made:
Spaghetti pasta with made-from-scratch marinara sauce
Lemonade and water
Tickets to attend the dinner are $10 each and guests must purchase them from Stevenson High School in advance to secure reservations. Students are hoping to have at least 100 guests attend. For more information about Skamania Lodge, call (866) 399-7980 or visit www.skamania.com.
About Skamania Lodge
Surrounded by the waterfalls, peaks, forests and canyons of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, Skamania Lodge is an all-season mountain resort and conference center situated on 175 acres, 50 minutes east of Portland, Ore., in Stevenson, Wash. With 254 guest rooms and a 22,000-square-foot International Association of Conference Centers (IACC) approved conference center, Skamania Lodge offers a destination for outdoor enthusiasts and groups. Skamania boasts the Waterleaf Spa, indoor swimming pool and hot tubs, a fitness center, onsite hiking, an 18-hole par-70 Golf Course that earned a four-star rating from
Golf Digest magazine in their "Best Places to Play" for 2008, the Cascade Room, River Rock and the U.S. Forest Service Information Center located in the lobby. Skamania Lodge is centered in a Pacific Northwest playground with hiking, biking and Sternwheeler cruises along the Columbia River in the summer; skiing and snowshoeing in the winter; and golfing, fishing and whitewater rafting all year long for outdoor enthusiasts. Skamania Lodge is a spectacular location to soak in the natural beauty and to enjoy a vast array of outdoor activities. www.skamania.com.
About Destination Hotels & Resorts
Destination Hotels & Resorts is a privately held hospitality management company headquartered in Colorado. With more than 35 independent, luxury and upscale hotels, resorts and golf clubs, Destination is the third largest hospitality management company in the country. The company’s portfolio features more than 8,970 guest rooms, 15 golf courses and 16 full-service spas. Destination Hotels & Resorts properties are located in key metropolitan and resort markets including Washington, D.C., Seattle, Denver, San Diego, Santa Fe, Aspen, Austin, Phoenix, Portland, Palm Springs, Palos Verdes, Maui and Lake Tahoe. The company is a subsidiary of Los Angeles-based investment, development and management firm Lowe Enterprises.
For a complete list of properties in the Destination Hotels & Resorts collection, please visit www.destinationhotels.com.
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