Baker High School sponsored by Squid Ink Eclectic Eats & Drinks
Peggy McGallagher and Tiffany Morgan
This program begins with the fundamentals and principles of the art of cooking, management and production skills, and techniques. Within this pathway, students can pursue a national sanitation certification, industry certification, and scholarships. The courses offered involve a laboratory-based instructional setting and internship hours at local businesses within the hospitality industry.
Our students participate annually in several culinary competitions, some of these include the Dauphin Island Sea Lab Corks and Forks, Mobile County Beef, Pork, and Peanut Competition, as well as participating in the USA Hospitality and Tourism Workforce Summit.
We are excited to be offering this brand-new program and to have the opportunity to help prepare our students for the hospitality workforce. We are equally excited for the relationships we are building with our industry partners.
Squid Ink Eclectic Eats & Drinks
Nick DiMario was born in Overbrook, PA in 1967. He started working in the restaurant business at the ripe age of 13. In the late 80s, he moved to attend the University of Alabama where he studied hotel and restaurant management and was a walk-on for their college football team. Not long after this, he began working as a general manager for Alabama Legend, Bob Baumhower. In the 20+ years he spent working for Bob with Aloha Hospitality, he climbed through the ranks from general manager to Director of Operations. In September of 2013 he partnered with Chef/Owner Pete Blohme a.k.a. Panini Pete along with Panini Petes and Sunset Pointe Brands. Since partnering with Pete, they have opened Ed’s Shed and most recently, Squid Ink. He specializes in operational scaling of restaurants and development of systems and operations. He has been affiliated with multiple restaurant concepts ranging from sports, Caribbean, seafood, and fast casual, and continues to invest and grow multiple different concepts. His goal is to be an innovator and leader in the industry and to develop young leaders in the process.