Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Starfish Cafe

This week I visited the Starfish Cafe for the first time with my friend Diane and my parents. We were on an afternoon self guided eating tour. We were out to try some of the restaurants we'd been meaning to check out. We stopped at 4 different restaurants and got a little bite at each. Now doesn't that sound like fun? Starfish was our last stop on this little tour and needless to say we were pretty full by that time. We decided to just look around and ask questions instead of eating, saving that for another day. I did buy their cookbook though! Looks like some great recipes. I'm sure a few will end up on the table here for afternoon social hour.
The great thing about this restaurant and the thing that intrigued me the most was why it is here in the first place. The Starfish Cafe is a joint venture between the Savannah Union Mission and the Savannah Technical College. The culinary arts training program serves breakfast and lunch to the public Monday thru Friday from 8 am to 2:30 pm. Participants in the program are homeless or are looking for job skills to make a better life for themselves. Since the program's inception in 2000, over 200 students have graduated and obtained full-time employment. The goal of the program is to assist each student in finding employment and making them independent and successful members of our community. What a great purpose!
By the way, a few days later we did try the food. Very nice. We tried three of their sandwiches, my favorite was the shrimp salad and their wonderful signature salad with chicken. Very yummy! This a great spot for a nice lunch that serves a great cause.
Plan your next vacation now and don't forget to stop here for lunch.

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