(Editor's note: The following information was submitted by the public relations office at Shawsheen Tech.)
When fall arrives, it’s always good news for hungry patrons of the Ram’s Head restaurant at Shawsheen Valley Technical High School, and their wallets and pocketbooks.
Shortly after the start of the school year, the Ram’s Head opens its doors to the public and, according to Brian Considine, the Dining Room Supervisor of the student-operated establishment, the Ram’s Head is now offering its usual tasty selections of meals and their always-affordable prices.
The Ram’s Head is already buzzing about its biggest event of the year, the Thanksgiving meal that is offered for four to six days each November. The meal offers a traditional Thanksgiving menu along with some alternative options.
“It’s the most popular event we do,” said Considine, a former student at Shawsheen Tech that also worked at the Ram’s Head during his days on campus. “It’s something people call a month in advance for sometimes.”
The Thanksgiving feast is only $9, less than an average value meal at a fast-food restaurant and about the third of the cost of a comparable dinner at a traditional restaurant.
Reservations for Thanksgiving at the Ram’s Head and for regular dining are strongly encouraged and can be made between 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. by calling 978-671-3668.
If leaving a message, the Ram’s Head asks that you include your name, phone number, the day and time that you are calling and the number of people in your party. A member of the Ram’s Head team will call back to confirm your reservation.
Reservations can be made for the same day or in advance.
The final dates for the Thanksgiving feast should be finalized soon, Considine said.
The Turkey Day celebration isn’t the only special occasion at the Ram’s Head.
There’s also a Christmas theme in December along with other specials celebrating Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day and Easter.
At the restaurant, patrons are treated to two seatings per day at 11:30 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Meals are only $7 and include an appetizer, an entrée and a desert. The entrée includes a starch and the vegetable of the day.
The meals are cooked and served by the students and the transactions at the end of the meal are also coordinated by members of the student staff.
The menu at the Ram’s Head changes every day, but repeats its cycle regularly so the ninth and 11th graders that alternate working in the restaurant with the 10th and 12th graders can all experience the same types of food preparation and serving.
Along with its daily seatings, the Ram’s Head also sells frozen meals and soups. Soups cost $3.50 per quart while individual frozen meals are between $3 and $4. A few family-style portions of frozen meals are also sold for between $5 and $6. Considine said the frozen meals are popular because of their convenience, their freshness and their large portions.