Sunday, February 02, 2020

Fine dining at CPC, courtesy of TY students

Kilcullen's latest eatery, which both opened and closed last night, proved to be a tremendous success, writes Brian Byrne.

The Cross Bistro was the culmination of three months' work by Transition Year students in a unique Food School module organised by Newbridge-based Food School owners Georga Dowling and Conor Wafer.

Some 40 students participated in the initiative, with last night's conversion of the Assembly Hall into an intimate fine dining experience being wildly applauded, at the end of the evening, by the more than 70 paying guests.

Everything was the work of the students themselves, from the design of Cross Bistro ('Food with Passion') to the menu choice, food preparation, front of house management, and service.

The initiative was the first of its kind in the country, and will be repeated by next year's TY cohort.

A presentation was made by Georga and Conor of a framed set of menus, with the students' own design of the restaurant logo, to CPC's TY Head Glenda Groome. In turn, the students presented their module tutors with gifts in appreciation of what they had learned, and the fun they'd had. All students involved were presented with certificates at the end of the evening.

Appreciation was also expressed to the Well Lads TY mini company, which makes garden furniture, for the help of their woodwork skills in converting to the Bistro. The help of sponsors Hire All, Whyte's Fabric Store, Paddy the Butcher, and Little Birch Tree cake maker Fergal was also acknowledged.

The full background to the story features in next Tuesday's edition of The Kildare Nationalist.

Meanwhile, here are a range of pictures from last evening which provide a sense of what was a really singular occasion. (All the Diary's pictures from the evening can be seen here.)

NOTE: Change made to original story to correct Conor's surname.

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