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Posted: 09/03/09

Irish inspiration at BAY6!

People can tuck into traditional Irish fayre at West Nottinghamshire College’s BAY6 Centre and Coffee Bar this week.

Students will be serving up Irish-themed meals from Monday 16 to Friday 20 March to celebrate St Patrick’s Day, which is on Tuesday March 17, 2009.

On the menu will be a starter of Irish carrot soup, costing £1.50, and a main course of beef and Guinness pie with champ potatoes and carrots priced at £3.  Deserts of Irish Apple Pudding Pie or Irish Coffee Cake cost £1.

Meals are served from 10am to 2pm, with tea, coffee, cakes and sandwiches also available during these times.

The St Patrick’s menu is the first in a series of specially-themed meals being served up at the centre in Woodhouse Road, Mansfield, over the coming weeks.  Easter from Around the World meals will be served daily from March 30 to April 3, while a British Week menu is planned for April 20 to 24.

The students, who have learning difficulties and disabilities, are assisting College catering staff in planning the themed-menus, as well as helping them to prepare and serve the meals to customers.

Di Fennell, the College’s BAY6 Programme Area Leader, said:  “These regular events will put students in a real-life working situation, which will help to develop their confidence, communication and customer service skills.  They’re really looking forward to rolling up their sleeves and serving up some tasty meals to customers.”

The BAY6 Centre is no stranger to laying on culinary treats.  Last November students helped staff to provide a special luncheon for local pensioners as part of the first ever Colleges Week – a national celebration of the role colleges play in unlocking talent and transforming lives.

People can just turn up to enjoy the St Patrick’s meal, although parties of eight or more are advised to book a table on 01623 413027.

The BAY6 Centre provides a practical training and working environment for learners with learning difficulties or disabilities. It helps learners progress into employment by giving them work experience in a supported environment.