February 11: Cask 63 Readies for a One-Day Culinary Student “Coup”
Scottsdale has a long history as a top training ground for culinary talent. In that spirit, chef/owner Brian Feirstein of the city’s popular new eatery, Cask 63, will transform his restaurant into a one-day boot camp for Chaparral High School students Feb. 11. The “Lunch Coup” promises to be a takeover of the friendliest sort, with 240 of the school’s most advanced culinary students participating in every aspect of the restaurant’s lunch operations under Chef Feirstein’s expert supervision.
A special prix fixe lunch – with menus conceived, prepared and served by the students – will be available to the public from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. It will include an entrée, dessert and non-alcoholic specialty beverage, for a cost of $20 per person. All proceeds will go directly to the Chaparral High School culinary program.
“The idea for Cask 63’s “Lunch Coup” grew out of a desire to ensure that the city’s strong culinary legacy will continue,” said Chef Feirstein. “By cultivating the talents of young, local students and introducing them to the workings of a fine restaurant early on, we hope to inspire the next generation of Scottsdale culinary professionals.”
“This is a first-time experience for our students to practice their skills in a gourmet restaurant and they are really looking forward to the challenge,” said Trish McCreary, Instructor Hospitality & Tourism for Chaparral High School. “They’ve done charity events and cooked for our staff, but never something of this magnitude. I’m thrilled that Chef Feirstein has the confidence in our kids to welcome them into his kitchen and share his expertise and vision as they prepare to embark on culinary careers of their own.”