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DPS Culinary Cafe in Business for Decades

Feb. 3, 2017

Story Credit: Fox31 Denver

In the Highlands neighborhood in Northwest Denver, there’s a little cafe that’s been delighting diners for more than 40 years. The Eliot Street Cafe is located inside Denver Public Schools’ CEC Early College.

“It’s a student-run restaurant. The only one in Denver. The students do everything from the front of the house to the back of the house. From baking and pastries to management,” said chef Trish Wilson, the instructor at the CEC Early College.

Professional culinary schools charge thousands of dollars for the knowledge these student chefs are getting for free. Graduating senior Mysun Hall loves the culinary classes and can’t wait to get cooking.

“I’m going into culinary school and then from there, after I graduate, I just want to perfect my craft,” Hall said.

Bill and Lori Bennett have been lunching here since 1980, for the food and the chefs in training.

“You come here and it just makes your heart feel good about what great kids they have here,” Bill Bennett said.

Hands-on learning, taught by the pros, at no cost to the student, in a real world environment: that’s a recipe for success. Read the full Fox31 Denver feature online here.