École Secondaire Notre Dame High School Grade 11 students Kaylee Wheaton, left, and Abby Ward serve up some Tex-Mex cuisine while James Ward helps with the cooking. All the money raised from Food Truck Friday goes toward the Central Alberta Child Advocacy Centre. Robin Grant/Red Deer Express

École Secondaire Notre Dame High School students hold ‘Food Truck Friday’

Food studies students learn what it takes to run a food truck business while giving to a good cause

The smell of delicious food was wafting through the halls of École Secondaire Notre Dame High School on Friday.

Food studies students were creating dishes from all over the world for the annual Food Truck Friday at noon.

“They basically had to create a food truck business for a day, developing a menu, looking at product costs and scaling up production,” explained Food Studies Teacher Jeff Lerouge.

“Projects like this allow students to get involved in the community and do real-life things for a day. It gets them out of the kitchen and into the community.”

Nacho cheese fries, sliders, maple syrup dumplings, poutine, pizza and mac ‘n’ cheese were just some of the food dishes available to buy, with all the money going toward the Central Alberta Child Advocacy Centre.

Grade 11 student Abby Ward set up a food station selling Tex-Mex cuisine with her classmate, Kaylee Wheaton.

“The biggest thing is prepping ahead and communication between your group members,” she said. “I don’t think I could have done it without talking between my classmates and also my partner who is helping me out.”

She added, “For someone who is interested in going into the food industry, I get to have practice with all my peers and just practice for the future to see how it works.”

The aim of the school project is to raise about $40,000 for the Centre.

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