Genesee Intermediate School District is combining youth training with professional meal service in the community. The student-run Fifty81 Bistro will let high school juniors and seniors in the Genesee Career Institute’s Culinary Arts Program learn in a state-of-the-art facility, following its recent grand reopening.
“Jobs in the culinary arts industry continue to be on the list of occupations in high demand and that is expected to continue through the year 2026, as reported by the Bureau of Labor Market Information and Strategic Initiative Career Outlook,” says Diana Allard, director of career and technical education. “Students absolutely come out of our two-year program job-ready.”
Formerly known as Weekdays, the facility’s restaurant is located at Genesee Career Institute Conference Center, 5081 Torrey Road in Flint. As Fifty81 the eatery will use an expanded kitchen and updated equipment to serve the public Tuesday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. for breakfast and 12:15 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. for lunch.
Youth trained in the program will keep food journals for two weeks as part of a nutrition project, and will learn to prepare healthy recipes that will be served at the restaurant and banquet center.
“Students in our Culinary Arts Program are also taught to consider healthy versus unhealthy ingredients,” Allard says.