Localmotive reopens for lunches

Localmotive, the student-driven restaurant operated by the students of LiHigh School on Main Street in Poultney, reopens on Monday, July 7th, after closing down for a three-week break following the end of the school year.

The take-out restaurant will be open Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, serving lunches prepared by students using ingredients from local farms such as Dutchess Farm, Yoder Farm, Wellsmere, and Poultney Meadows, not to mention the Poultney Community Garden. Students will also be selling food from a booth on the property every Thursday during the Poultney Farmers Market.

Along with switching from dinner to lunch hours, there will be a significant change to the operation of the restaurant. Before the three-week break, students prepared the meals beforehand and customers brought them home to reheat and enjoy. But now that the students have experience in the kitchen, Localmotive is excited to announce that all menu items will be made to order.

Guided by Chef Bill Allen, who brings over 30 years experience into the kitchen, the students will be changing the daily menu based on what comes in from the various farms, turning lunchtime into more of a culinary adventure for the people of greater Poultney.

Along with running the restaurant, students from LiHigh School will be using this summer to gain valuable work experience on various farms, helping with the community garden, redesigning the landscape in front of the school building, and participating in the construction of a bread oven. All of these various projects give new meaning to “farm to table,” because the students will play a major part in every step of the chain.

We hope to see you on Monday for our grand re-opening!

Author: Kyle Callahan

Hi, I'm Kyle. I'm an advisor at LiHigh School. I've been involved in progressive education since I was in high school. I was an original member (and student representative) of the Progressive Program at Green Mountain College, and for my Master's degree, I attended Goddard College, which started the trend toward progressive education in the 1960s. Along with teaching at LiHigh School, I teach courses in creative writing and communications at Green Mountain College. I live with my wife and daughter in Poultney.

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