Food & Drink » Food & Drink Stories

Much better kind of school lunch



Even Julia Child had to start somewhere. The Southeastern Academy Culinary Training Center may not be as highbrow as the Cordon Bleu in Paris, but it's a local training ground for a new generation of chefs. Test the progress at The People's Place, staffed by student chefs.

Drop in from 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. weekdays to study the constantly changing lunch menu. For $5.95-$6.95, help yourself to coq au vin (chicken with wine), French oxtail soup or seafood pasta primavera. On Thursdays, there's a free dessert buffet. Every five weeks, the graduating class prepares an elaborate themed luncheon. The next luncheon, labeled as New World cuisine from "The Seven Continents," is at 11:30 a.m. July 14, Reservations are $7.95.

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Orlando Weekly. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Orlando Weekly, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at

Orlando Weekly works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Central Florida.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Orlando’s true free press free.