Black table cloths, mood music, artfully folded napkins, and time with my hubby. Those ingredients are the perfect recipe for a date. And last week, we had another day date (those are becoming more popular) with those exact elements. The location was a little outside the box and may come as a surprise to some of you, but I’m always up for an adventure! Our outside-the-box, Friday lunch date took place at the Storm Lake High School.
And no, we didn’t eat cafeteria food. We ate at Kreative Kitchen, a student-run restaurant found in Room 31. On Fridays from 12:00 – 12:45 PM, students serve up a menu they carefully planned and prepared. Carry-out and dine-in options are available for $6 a person. Reservations must be made by calling the school or filling out an online form here the Monday before the meal (upcoming menus are available online). There is a little planning ahead required, but I guarantee it will be a fun experience.
We weren’t sure what to expect with this date experience, but we kept an open mind and empty stomachs. We stopped at the school office and got directions; although we could have followed our noses! Once we found the right room, we were greeted by the students and the Family and Consumer Sciences teacher, Ms. Whitney Davis. All students had a role in making the restaurant run smoothly from taking money to pouring drinks, serving food, and washing dishes.
My hubby and I sat at work stations converted into fine dining tables and enjoyed the atmosphere. It was impressive to see the set-up. It was much different from the home-ec room at my high school! We only chatted for a bit before our choice of drinks and meal arrived. We enjoyed fried chicken, mac and cheese, and potatoes and gravy. (Sorry, no photos. I got distracted by my surroundings and hunger that I completely forgot to snap a photo!) Once our plates were cleared, we were served dessert-banana cream pie. We were able to chat a bit more and even had some time left to run a couple errands together before my hubby had to be back to work.
We left feeling good about our Kreative Kitchen experience. It was a cheap meal. Really, where else are you going to get a home-cooked meal, drink, and dessert for $6? The atmosphere was fun and different. We knew we were in a classroom, but it was transformed to enhance our dining experience. As we walked out of the school, we got tangled in the traffic of changing classes. That transported me back in time just a bit, bringing up memories of days gone by.
The nostalgia and time with my hubby were pretty great. But, I have to say the best part was that we supported kids in our community. We go to sporting and music events and support fundraising efforts. Kreative Kitchen is just one more way to support our schools and the kids and teachers who work hard every day to make an impact in our world. The student chefs at Kreative Kitchen are learning very important skills, and who knows, one of them may just be an award winning chef someday.
So, support Kreative Kitchen. Have a day date. Bring your friends. Pick up to-go orders for your office. Kreative Kitchen prepares meals for 20-50 people each week. You could be one of them! You don’t live in Storm Lake? Support similar programs in your area. Check out what your area schools are doing and put those events on your must-do list. You never know what out-of-the box idea will lead you on a fun adventure!