If you want to have a meal that will not only feed your body but also feed your soul than you need to make a reservation at Cora Jean's Old Skool Cafe
Old Skool Cafe is a youth-run supper club that provides "employment opportunities and training for youth as apprentice chefs, waiters and entertainers."
Upon entering the club, you are immediately transported back in time as you are greeted by the host who is dressed in 1920's elegance. Your host leads you up to the tufted banquette seating while a jazz singer and piano player croon away on the main floor.
The food is served tapas style small plates.
I ordered the Grexican Burgers which consist of three flame-grilled slider burgers with feta cheese, oregano, pickled red onion, grilled poblano chile, tomatillo salsa and chipotle aioli. I loved it!
I also ordered Abu's West African Peanut Butter Stew. The dish originated in Sierra Leone and has chunky chicken, creamy coconut milk, topped with fresh herbs and garlic chips. Delicious!
Throughout the evening the servers rotate taking turns on the main floor sharing their personal stories, performing spoken word poems, or singing a song. While the stories will break your heart you can't help but root for these kids to succeed.
The restaurant is located in Mendell Plaza which is at the heart of Bayview. Though the neighborhood has a history of poverty and crime; Old Skool is just one of several new businesses that have opened in the community in the last year.
To learn more about the incredible work Old Skool Cafe is doing for the youth of the community please watch this short film.