The Brook Catering Co. at Willowbrook provides students with real-world culinary experience

Through The Brook Catering Co. at Willowbrook, students enrolled in Culinary Arts 3 – Catering learn about event planning, scaling recipes, ordering groceries, figuring costs in a lab setting and working with clients to determine themes and menus. The course prepares students for careers in the food service industry, catering and nutrition/menu planning.

Students in this program earn dual credit, have an honors option and are certified ServSafe safety and sanitation managers. They begin each year by catering Homecoming and end with the Senior Recognition Assembly and lunch. For more information, go to

The Brook Catering Co. provides service for many events within the school, as well as throughout the community. Below are two recent occurrences.

Administrative Professionals Tea (pictured above, center and right)
On April 28, Willowbrook Career and Technical Education (CTE) Department Head Mary Barney and CTE teacher Amy Nowak (CEO of The Brook Catering Co.) hosted the 10th annual Administrative Professionals Tea for the always-appreciated administrative professionals and clerical staff at Willowbrook.

The Brook Catering Co. students provided a made-to-order omelet bar, French toast, bacon, sausage, yogurt parfait and a variety of baked goods and fresh fruits.

Clerical staff attended the event with their respective administrator and also were given spring flowers as a token of gratitude.

Cinco de Mayo box lunch (pictured above, left)
On May 5 (Cinco de Mayo), members of The Brook Catering Co. catered their final box lunch of the school year.

The menu included carne asada, fried rice, elote, tortilla soup and a special concha dessert.