Folsom City Hall opened its doors to the public March 20, with many department heads on hand to answer questions.
Ron Phillips, Folsom's fire chief, said he was looking forward to interacting with the public.
"We're talking to them about fire and emergency medical services we offer to the community," he said. "We're here to answer questions they have about their fire department."
Mayor Steve Miklos said the open house was long overdue.
"It's been a long time since we've invited the public to city hall in an informal setting," Miklos said. "It's a chance to meet the elected officials and we are trying to re-introduce the community to the culinary arts program at the high school."
He said while they public often interacts with those at city hall, it's usually in a more formal capacity.
"Doing something like this show's we're just real people, normal people," Miklos said.
For culinary arts student Halie Zilverberg, the event was an opportunity to showcase a family recipe.
"I really like (the program) because I have a passion for cooking," she said. "Today I got to try something my grandma showed me. It's a fun class and we get to internships at Intel and local restaurants."
Learn more about city hall at http://folsom.ca.gov.