Lion's Den Bistro | Culinary Program for Students With Learning Differences

The Lion’s Den Bistro is a dining spot that serves as an educational opportunity for interested students. With a rotating seasonal menu sourced locally, the Lion’s Den feeds the Forman community while teaching students new cooking techniques as well as new food items.

Led by experienced Chef Matthew Thomas, the Bistro offers students healthier food options provided by local farms and develops a relationship with the nearby farming community. Forman’s Culinary Program is an opportunity for students to learn about food preparation and cooking. Five students are working six or seven days a week in the program this fall in lieu of playing a sport.

Chef Thomas and the Lion’s Den Bistro have developed relationships with many local meat and produce providers. Among them are:

Meat & Produce Providers
Laurel Ridge Farm Litchfield March Farms
Litchfield Wild Carrot Farm Bethlehem Arethusa Farm
Bantam Back 40 Farm Litchfield Beltane Goat Farm
Washington Depot Acre View Farm Lebanon Berry Ledges Apiary
Roxbury Deeply Rooted Farms Litchfield Cato Corner Farm
Harwinton Finnegan Farm West Colchester Wave Hill Breads
New Milford Beaver Meadow Farm Norwalk Jasper Hill Farm, Greensboro, VT