Jacob Moss is showcasing an entrepreneurial spirit in the Nicoise salad that will be served at the opening of the Lubar Entreprenuership Center on May 8. Many of the salad ingredients have been grown by Vincent High School students who were mentored last summer by UWM students in the Learn-Earn-Grow MKE program.
“The produce that I’m getting from their program is better than what I’m buying commercially,” said Moss, UWM executive chef.
The students are growing the lettuce for the salads in hydroponic gardens and the eggs are collected from the dozens of chickens fed and cared for at Vincent High School’s urban farm. The students are supervised by Vincent High food sciences teacher Jeff Neuser and Jerry Hoefs, a volunteer with many years of hydroponic gardening experience.
“It’s just really gorgeous lettuce,” Moss said.
The Nicoise salad will be one of the food stations around the front hall of the LEC as a salad installation. Each part of the salad will be placed in separate bowls next to each other and the visitor will customize their own Nicoise salad to their own liking.
Vincent High School students have collaborated with UWM before with the Learn-Earn-Grow program that gets high school students hands on learning about urban farming and higher education opportunities.