Fiddlehead Restaurant has also worked hard to develop a unique and specially designed employment program reserved for those who have sacrificed and served our country. The veteran training program at Fiddlehead — FERN or Fiddlehead Employment Response Network — is a growing network Fiddlehead has established with area businesses to promote individualized training, advancement and long-term employment for service men and women. The assistant manager position at Fiddlehead will only be available to veterans and will be a yearlong apprenticeship alongside owners O’Reilly and Koselke. “We will find veterans interested in the restaurant business through both the Wounded Warrior project and Folds of Honor organization,” explains O’Reilly. "We hope that local vets contact us if they are interested in any of our restaurant positions."
Koselke and O’Reilly’s passion to help veterans was inspired from their family’s long line of veterans. They hope that FERN will create a domino effect within the workforce, where businesses will consider and appreciate their drive, skills and determination to serve our nation. “We will be working with area casinos, restaurants and other businesses to implement these new recruits into the community after about a year of training with us,” O’Reilly said. The FERN Program plans to partner with local casinos and area businesses for job placement once a veteran has completed the FERN Program.
Fiddlehead Focuses on Farm-Fresh Food!
The partnership between Fiddlehead (based in Michigan City) and Sims Meat Processing (based in La Porte) ensures that only the highest-quality meats make it to Fiddlehead, keeping the local economy strong!
Nestled against the backdrop of the serene waters of Lake Michigan and the awakening economy of Michigan City, Indiana Fiddlehead Restaurant opened its doors on Memorial day, May 25, 2015 and began serving comfort food that is anything but ordinary. But Fiddlehead is more than a restaurant; it is a community-minded training hub for veterans, serving fresh and locally sourced food and drink all under the passionate management of Mary Koselke, owner and operator of Blackbird Café, and Aaron O’Reilly, former Manager of Pikk’s Tavern in downtown Valparaiso.
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