Sunday, February 28, 2016

Infusions, Mount Joy, PA

A friend and I recently traveled to Mount Joy, PA for Afternoon Tea at Infusions restaurant.  Infusions is an endeavor coordinated by senior high school students of Lancaster County Career and Technology Centerwhere education meets delicious. Afternoon Tea is featured on Tuesday, while a Prix Fixe luncheon menu is served Thursday and Friday, during the school year. If the school is closed, so is the restaurant.
The restaurant, surrounded by windows overlooking the campus, features linen covered tables, crisply folded napkins, mix and match china tea cups and the menu, which varies each week and builds upon what the students are learning and the skills they are mastering.

Tea choices included Warming Crimson Berry, a caffeine free hibiscus and cranberry blend with a strong bold flavor and a hint of cayenne pepper, or fair trade organic English Breakfast tea.

The first course featured a Vegetarian Vegetable Soup, a mixture of fresh and frozen veggies.
A warm serving of Spinach and Feta Quiche was placed along side a lovely Asian Salad. The salad, dressed with a light oil and delicate rice vinegar dressing had a fun variety of fresh veggies with snap peas artistically placed on top of the cabbage.

Plates were cleared, and smaller clean plates and new utensils were offered in anticipation of the presentation of the Three Tier Tray.

The tiered tray held sandwiches in the middle tier, Ham and Swiss on Pumpernickel and Shrimp Salad on a Slider Roll. Shown here, the vegetarian option which included Grilled Veggies on the Slider Roll and Egg Salad on Pumpernickel. They are happy to accommodate vegetarian or vegan requests if ordered in advance in addition to other dietary issues.
The top tier had Cinnamon Chip Scones with Devonshire Cream, Lemon Curd and Peach Jam. The scones were fresh and flaky with a light cinnamon glaze on top for extra yumminess.

The desserts on the bottom tier included Chocolate Raspberry Pinwheel, Peppermint Mocha Checkerboard Sandwiches, Cream puffs and Fresh Fruit Tarts.
Students prepare the food, a different group serves the food, and others tend the pastry cases where you can find an assortment of sweet and savory treats to take home. The Technical Center offers a Culinary Arts/Chef program and Baking & Pastry Arts program that prepares the students for their first professional job in the food industry. Young, enthusiastic, and quietly nervous, many have aspirations of becoming an Executive Chef and perhaps owning their own restaurant.


martea said...

This looks lovely and is quite an ambitious menu for students.... especially
the desserts.

Marilyn Miller said...

Now this just sounds like such a special program for these teens. The food looks and sounds quite delicious. What a treat!