Hospitality class gets into the Mardi Gras spirit


Jewel Jurek-Stamm

Junior Aurand Jackson stirs seafood gumbo for Eastland Middle School students and RCS staff.

On Tuesday, Feb. 25, the hospitality class cooked a Mardi Gras feast for the Eastland Middle School French students and staff members throughout the district. Mardi Gras is also known as “Fat Tuesday,” because of all the foods that people eat. Many people eat desserts such as packzis and many others the last day before Lent, which then lasts until Easter. The feast that the hospitality students and teacher Jon. Grommons prepared included gumbo, jambalaya, baguettes, and crepes, among other specialties. The meal was served buffet style; however, the hospitality students served lemonade, french onion soup, and samples of gumbo to the middle school guests. Teachers were also able to place orders for lunch. 

“The beignets were so yummy- not too sweet but the hint of powdered sugar made a nice touch,” journalism teacher Sarah Drouin said. 

The students worked tirelessly to make this meal. There were students who continued the cooking, students who helped  serve, and students who helped wash and take care of the dishes. 

“Cooking a feast like that, it’s challenging because you’re always on the move; but at the end you’re proud of your work,” senior Jordan Olko said. 

The hospitality classes play a huge role in others’ enjoyment of occasions like these, and are excited to continue to do so in the future.