Hello and welcome to the first Rummies blog this year! The aim of this blog is to keep you all updates with the exciting things that take place within our bistro!
So I thought we better start at the beginning by explaining the aims of Rummies. Our bistro was set up over two years ago to give our students the opportunity to develop catering skills in a 'real' environment. Every week we have over thirty students working in the bistro. Students practice their catering skills, food hygiene and safety skills and front of house and service techniques. Throughout the sessions our students are encouraged to work as independently as possible. As well as the valuable work experience, all of our students are working towards a BTech level one/two and a food hygiene certificate. Many of our pupils are attending regular work placements in local establishments such as The Tavern on the Hill and Cafe Vienna.
Over the past two years we have had numerous visitors to our bistro, including our local MP Chris Green, The Mayor of Bolton, John Jones (a chef who appeared on Master Chef the Professionals) and a fantastic local company called Rivington Chocolates.
Last term we had several highlights. In September we saw the return of our well established weekly meals. Due to their success we now have two sittings to ensure all of our hungry customers are fed. Another highlight in September was our Macmillian coffee morning. Our students spent the previous day making a selection of delicious cakes. Rumworth staff were invited to take part in Rummies bake off. A range of delightful cakes were entered and then judged by our headteacher and Steph Sharratt from the local charity Breaking Barriers.
October was an equally exciting month. At the start of the month we hosted a successful breakfast event. The customers were so pleased with our students they immediately booked their next meeting with us. As well as continuing with our weekly meals we managed to fit in making some beautiful wedding cupcakes and two trips. One to a local café and another to judge a Bake Off at our neighbouring school. This was an opportunity our students relished and took very seriously. The definite highlight of October was receiving a Bronze Award from gift of a wedding. This award was for supporting this fantastic charity on a number of occasions in the last academic year. This is a huge achievement for our school bistro as the majority of the other winners were big businesses. We look forward to working with Gift of a Wedding in the very near future.
During November Rumworth school participated in a whole school war week. In Rummies we decided to make the type of food that soldiers and families ate in World War One. Rumworth students visited our bistro and sampled the food. This was a fantastic opportunity for our students to work alongside younger students. On the second day of war week Rummies welcomed Steph Sharratt into the bistro to lead a cake decorating session. During the session we decorated cupcakes and painted a remembrance cake with edible paints. Our favourite part of November has to be the trip to The Cake and Bake show at Event City. Ten of our hardworking bistro students visited the exhibition. Our students took part in a bake off challenge, watched celebrity chefs cook live, collected recipes and tried numerous delicious samples. A fantastic day was had by all.
December turned out to be our busiest month so far! Over forty Christmas lunches were served to our amazing regular customers. Turkey, root vegetable mash, mashed potatoes, roast potatoes, honey glazed parsnips, Yorkshire puddings, pigs in blankets and a delicious gravy was all made and served on each day of service. As well the Christmas meals, we hosted a breakfast networking event, a Head teacher’s lunch and made and sold a selection of Christmas cakes.
After a restful two weeks we returned in January ready to start the New Year. Due to the success of the previous year we decided to start the year with a healthy eating focus. Our healthy weekly meals have been very popular and we have decided to continue this theme into February.
The first day of February was an important date in our diary. Margaret Asquith the Chief Executive of Bolton Council came to celebrate a very special birthday at Rummies. Our Rummies and Lifebridge students made a fabulous cake and cupcakes for the very special event.
We have a lot to look forward to at Rummies. Our weekly meals continue to be a success. We are excited to continue our sponsorship with AFC Masters Football for All League. Also this month we are catering once again for the Mayor of Bolton and Lifebridge! Our students are gaining a valuable set of skills and being given exciting opportunities by working in Rummies. We are so excited to see what the future holds for some of Rummies stars!
To book a meal in our bistro or offer work experience to our pupils please contact reception on 01204 333600 or email Rebecca Wood directly at email@example.com