Tuesday – Friday; 12pm – 1:30pm
While school is in session.


ESC 4Welcome to an exceptional dining experience at the Eliot Street Café, located at the CEC Middle College of Denver (a magnet high school within the Denver Public Schools). At CEC our school motto is Do Something Real and each day we live up to this goal, as our students combine academics with career courses to help create their future paths and prepare for the “real world.”

The Eliot Street Café is a perfect example of our students putting learning into practice and sharing their culinary passion with the community. On any day of the week you will find CEC students hard at work learning the ins and outs of the restaurant business from front of the house, waiter/waitress to marketing and management. In the kitchen, students learn production skills, including; prep, pantry, baking, line cooking and scullery skills, all while operating a full-service restaurant that is open to the public for lunch Tuesdays through Fridays, 12-1:30pm.

ESC 1The Café also offers breakfast, food service, space for meetings, and event catering by reservation.

For a high-quality meal at reasonable prices, join us at The Eliot Street Café for your next lunch or special event.

We look forward to serving you.

Meetings and Catering

ESC 2Looking for the ideal spot to host a meeting or special event? CEC has space available for meetings of up to 70 people at the Eliot Street Café and special event space for up to 200 in our multi-purpose room. Guided by four talented and experienced chef instructors, students provide a beautifully executed event with top-notch food offerings from appetizers to desserts and full-meal options.

Reservations for your next event can be made by contacting Chef Patricia Wilson, at: 720.423.6645 or Patricia_Wilson@dpsk12.org


Thank you Chef Trish:

I am so glad we chose the Eliot Street Café to cater our Open House.  The food was excellent, and so well presented.

Not one bite was left over.”

Kit Mead, Marketing Manager
Yeh and Assosciates, Inc.

“Hello Chef Wilson,

There are a few times in our lives that we have a special experience, which has a profound positive impact on us.  I was delighted to have one of these special experiences this past Wednesday – 05/15/13, when I had the opportunity to dine at the Eliot Street Café!

Thank you for your cordial hospitality and for all you do to provide meaningful guidance to this student run eatery.  Your positive influence and attention to detail was obvious throughout this wonderful culinary and exceptional service experience.

I congratulate you for the important contributions that you make to each student, as they develop and hone their practical skills for their future success in the “real world.”  May and her staff were most cordial, polished, and genuinely interested in providing exceptional service and a sumptuous food experience.  I thank Chef Lamb for enlightening me to your wonderful Café, and I have already been passing on, promoting, and marketing to my associates what a positive culinary and social experience is…and to take the time to experience it themselves!

My compliments to you, to May and to her cohorts, and to the entire leadership team at the CEC Middle College of Denver.”

Bob Farmer, MPS – Organizational Leadership
President & CEO

 “Thank you so much, it was perfect! CEC catered our gala this year and I couldn’t be more grateful. Your food was fantastic with a classy touch having the culinary students passing appetizers. Because of your delicious food and excellent service, we will definitely call you again.”

–Jerry Francas, Development Coordinator
Colorado Cross Disability Coalition

“I just wanted to send you a note to thank you for lunch and to tell you how blown away I was last Friday. I had heard about how good the lunches at CEC are and I believed it, but I didn’t realize it would be as good as it turned out to be. Every single item included in the Mexican buffet was absolutely outstanding!

Judging by my experience on Friday the culinary arts program is running in top form at CEC and you have some seriously talented students!

Please tell your students thank you as well.”

Andy Raicevich
Supervisor of the SCC & Community Use