‘Spirit of Christmas’ on the menu this week

Students work alongside faculty in preparing over 300lb of donated turkey, 200 lb of ham, as well as stuffing, potatoes, veggies and more. Niagara College photo

From Wednesday Dec. 20/2017 through Friday, Niagara College’s Canadian Food and Wine Institute students, staff and faculty are cooking up some Christmas Spirit.

In support of the De Divitiis family Spirit of Christmas dinner, volunteers at Benchmark restaurant are preparing donated food for over 800 Christmas meals, complete with turkey, ham, stuffing, veggies, potatoes and cobbler for dessert, to be given to those in need at Gord’s Place in St. Catharines on Christmas Day.

Beginning Wednesday, students worked alongside staff and faculty in preparing over 300lb of donated turkey, 200 lb of ham, as well as stuffing, potatoes, veggies and more in support of the dinner.

This is the second year Baker/Patisserie Apprentice Dakota Braun has participated in the Spirit of Christmas preparations. She said that while a lot of work goes into preparing over 800 meals in two days, “everyone works really well together as a team, and it’s all in support of something good.”

Preparing the holiday feast for this annual event has become a tradition for staff and students at the CFWI. College president Dan Patterson and his wife Saundra have also been volunteering on Christmas Day at this event for several years.

The annual Spirit of Christmas Dinner event in St. Catharines offers a free holiday meal in a festive atmosphere to those who attend, which often includes the homeless, and those facing financial challenges, as well as people without families and newcomers to Canada.

Along with the De Divitiis Group, Niagara College is a lead sponsor of this year’s event. More information can be found at http://spiritofchristmasdinner.ca/.

Source – Niagara College press release

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