Showing their ‘Flare’ for Stateside serving

Abby Maund and Casey Woodley serve Sally-Ann Woodley-Maund and Liam Stainton at the American diner EMN-141117-151203001
Abby Maund and Casey Woodley serve Sally-Ann Woodley-Maund and Liam Stainton at the American diner EMN-141117-151203001
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A Market Rasen cafe turned into an American diner to serve up stateside specials for one night only as part of a youth project.

Students from the social enterprise Flare programme took over Cafe Clip in the town’s Queen Street for an American-themed evening.

“The students have organised it all themselves - sorted the menu, done the shopping, the marketing and of course cooked and served on the night” said programme tutor at Clip Learning Charlotte Barnett.

“It has been a great way for them to develop their customer service and cookery skills; they have all done a fantastic job.”

The evening certainly got the thumbs up from the diner guests, who were served a three-course meal full of Dixie delights and yummy Yankee 
favourites.

And the students themselves enjoyed the experience.

Conner Douglas and Andy Binns serving Hayden Smith and Caroline Binns EMN-141118-151618001

Conner Douglas and Andy Binns serving Hayden Smith and Caroline Binns EMN-141118-151618001

“It has gone well and everyone seems to have enjoyed the meal,” said Paul Allum, who has been on the Flare project since September and was in charge of the kitchen on the night alongside fellow student Terence Kombey.

“I have a BTec in cooking, so it is something I enjoy and this has been a good opportunity for us all to work as a team and for me to gain some experience.”

As well as the meal, diners had the opportunity to take part in an American quiz with the prize of a hamper up for grabs.

“We would like to thank everyone who donated items for the evening - Starbucks, Greens, the Co-op, Garnetts and the Salvation Army,” added Charlotte.

“We may even be looking at doing more theme nights in the future.”

The Flare project is open to 16 to 19-year-olds looking to build skills, confidence and qualifications .

“The aim is to help develop them as people and help them on their next stage, whether that is an apprenticeship, 
college or work,” said Charlotte.

“The programme is tailored to the individual’s needs and young people can join at anytime throughout the year.”

One way of developing skills is to work on community projects.

Their current project is working with the Forestry Commission to clear the area around the ponds in Willingham Woods.

“They all enjoy going up there every week and they work very hard,” added Charlotte.

For more information on the Flare programme or to offer work experience placements contact Charlotte on 01673 843489 or email charlotte@cliplearning.com