KRIS DUBE/Bullet News
FORT ERIE – The Pomegranate Restaurant at Fort Erie Secondary School is one of the small town’s best-kept secrets.
On Wednesday evening, several Fort Erie dignitaries and members of the community were invited to a sitting at the student and teacher-operated dining venue, that has also received a massive crop of support from the agricultural community, such as Sexsmith Farm in Ridgeway.
Every week until the end of the academic year, the restaurant is open to the public and the most recent night was catered to show appreciation for everyone who has helped in some way over the years and to also showcase how well the program has grown since its inception.
Local farmers have stepped up even more for this season at the restaurant, working closely with the high school and its special needs students who have undertaken the task of growing various herbs and produce items in a greenhouse at the school.
This addition to the program focuses on bringing healthy food from the farm to the table.In the past, Sexsmith Farms would provide produce grown on its property in Ridgeway but are now helping students become part of the process right from scratch.
“This year, we are kicking it up a notch and producing more,” said teacher Afshin Keyvani, who has shared his culinary expertise with students for the last eight years.
But those involved in the program have learned far more than how to prepare world-class cuisine. Throughout the program, they gain knowledge of many facets of the hospitality and tourism industries.
Serving guests, setting the atmosphere for their dining experience ans the importance of an overall customer service experience are considered just as important.
“We want to show every aspect of what we do here,” said Keyvani.
Also helping to spread the word about the restaurant’s growth and success was Pacific Productions, a multimedia company based out of Ridgeway that has been commissioned by the Town of Fort Erie to produce a series of videos to promote positivity in the municipality.
The first phase of web episodes was titled ‘Finding Fort Erie,’ which highlighted the many amenities in town.
The recent project focuses on and the various entertainment options available in Fort Erie.
“And we have been trying to incorporate local businesses,” said James Backshall, director and writer of the project.
Brad Murphy from Pacific Productions is the series of videos’ producer and he says highlighting the Pomegranate Restaurant was an easy decision.
“It gives us an opportunity to showcase something that’s unique to Fort Erie. This is a great story,” said Murphy.
To make a reservation at the restaurant, you can phone 905-871-4610.
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