OHS hospitality class partners with Golden Mast

By Jake Meister - Enterprise Staff

Nov. 16, 2017

 The Oconomowoc High School hospitality class members got to test their skills in the craft last month at the Golden Mast Inn. From left to right, Keith Walters, Brannon Houck, Katie Kindler, Martina Newlands, Grace Hood, Oona Audley, and Seyter Holeman, learn about front-of-house responsibilities before their hospitality class lunch service.
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OCONOMOWOC — The Oconomowoc High School hospitality class partnered with the iconic Golden Mast Inn of Okauchee last month for a real restaurant management and operations experience, according to a press statement from the Oconomowoc Area School District.

The Hospitality Class is open to freshmen through seniors who would like to learn more about professions in tourism, hotel management, restaurant management, meeting and convention planning, and recreation management. Each year, students partner with a local restaurant to host a lunch service for Oconomowoc High School staff, Oconomowoc Area School District staff and retirees, and their own families. Over 50 people attended the luncheon and dined on butternut squash soup, salad, Tuscan chicken pappardelle, chicken pesto wraps, and schaum torte.

To prepare for the meal service, students learned about the responsibilities of restaurant managers, bussers, hosts, wait staff, kitchen staff, and chefs. They also gained a better understanding for how these roles interact in a successful meal service, all before they arrived at the restaurant.

On the day of the luncheon, Golden Mast Inn staff and General Manager Lisa Marks met with students to explain the front-of-house and back-of-house operations before dividing students into their roles to prepare for the meal. Students were able to set tables, assist in food preparation, expedite meal preparation, serve guests, wash dishes, and clean up after the meal.

 Oconomowoc High School students Ayden Jeffery and Brannon Houck roll silverware ahead of their hospitality class luncheon at Golden Mast Inn.
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Students quickly learned how to work together and serve their guests, all under the professional guidance of Golden Mast Inn chefs and managers.

The class is part of OHS’s goal of preparing students for life after high school.