For the first time since 2020 the Osprey Nest Café opened to the public. For six weeks students in the Culinary Arts and Baking & Pastry programs opened their doors to host, cook, bake and serve members of the community. Built off of the former World Café prior to 2020 in the previous facility, the Osprey Nest Café rotates menus weekly to focus on a different cultural cuisine. While the space has a capacity of 100 people, due to the overwhelming demand a reservation was required for seating in Osprey Nest. The reservation quickly became known as “the hardest reservation to get in the Mid-Coast” among industry professionals.
Many community members regularly joined students and staff in the Osprey Nest. Among those community members were industry partners from Primo Restaurant, Ruckus Donuts, and Camden Maine Stay Inn to name a few.
This year’s Osprey Nest Café dining experience remained a buffet where Culinary Arts students helped to develop the menu, prepare, and serve the food. The Baking & Pastry class prepared desserts on theme each week in a dessert buffet. New this year they also produced a variety of desserts that were favored and perfected by students to incorporate into a “bake shop.” These items were sold a la carte in addition to the buffet cost.
Many patrons also provided tips while dining. The money collected through tips allowed students in both programs to attend a fine dining experience at Ports of Italy in Rockport and to celebrate the café season.