CHARLOTTE, N.C. – A local culinary instructor is retiring after 30 years and is celebrating with his students by creating a special menu.

After 30 years, Central Piedmont Community Center instructor Chef Bill Lassiter is set to retire in July.

“It’s going to be sad to see him go,” said CPCC student Bryan Dario.

Wanting to do something special before he left, Chef Lassiter created a menu inspired by dishes he prepared when he was the same age as his culinary students.

“I just thought it was a good idea,” Lassiter said. “It’s my last hurrah.”

Jumbo lump crab cakes and a Tomahawk pork chop are just a few of the tasty items that are being served up for the first time by Lassiter’s students in the Greenway Restaurant at CPCC, starting Monday.

“I felt honored, honestly,” said Dario. “We were all in for it.”

Lassiter told NBC Charlotte his special menu will be offered at the Greenway Restaurant for about a week.