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Rowe preschoolers get lesson in food service at Greenfield Grille

Rowe preschool students are given a tour of the kitchen of The Greenfield Grille by Emily Shaw, part owner of the restaurant and mother of one of the children, learning about restaurants. (Recorder/Paul Franz)

Rowe preschool students are given a tour of the kitchen of The Greenfield Grille by Emily Shaw, part owner of the restaurant and mother of one of the children, learning about restaurants. (Recorder/Paul Franz)

GREENFIELD — Eleven 4-year-olds got a taste of what it would be like to run a restaurant when they visited and ate lunch at The Greenfield Grille on Tuesday.

Rowe Elementary School preschool teacher Roberta Baker, along with teaching assistants and some of her students’ parents took the students on a tour of the restaurant’s kitchen and then sat down for a lunch of each students’ choice.

“This is part of our Tools of the Mind program,” said Baker. “We set up the classroom with different stations based on a theme we’ve chosen each year and this year it’s restaurants.”

Baker said she has the same children two years in a row, so this particular class has already experienced what it would be like to run a veterinary hospital and a general store.

“Right now, our classroom is set up with a Chinese restaurant station, a MacDonald’s, a Taco Bell, a pizzeria, and the Greenfield Grille,” said Baker.

Emily Shaw, a parent of one of Baker’s students and co-owner of the Greenfield Grille, said she offered to have the children visit the restaurant to learn about food preparation and service.

After the children shed their winter coats and settled in, they were led to the restaurant’s kitchen, where they learned about everything from food preparation and presentation to trash disposal and cleanup.

Enthusiastic students giggled, pointed and asked questions as they watched chefs prepare salads, soups and meals.

Then, they returned to their table, where they enjoyed chicken tenders, hot dogs, fish sticks and macaroni and cheese.

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