Reception to Feature Foster Tech Studentsin Culinary Designer's Challenge
March 6, 2007
Franklin Memorial Hospital will be the setting of the third annual President’s Reception and Designer’s Challenge, which will again feature the creative cuisine of Foster Regional Applied Technology Center’s Rainbow Café students competing in a Culinary Designer’s Challenge.
Approximately 75 people are expected to attend the March 22 reception as special guests of Richard Batt, President of Franklin Community Health Network (FCHN).
According to Maureen Goudreau, FCHN Development Director, “This unique reception is a means to thank donors, corporate sponsors, the medical staff, and the Board of Directors for their continued support of Franklin Community Health Network.”
Sixteen seniors in the culinary arts class have been split into two teams to plan, research, sample recipes, and finally compete in a head-to-head contest to show off their culinary skills, table décor creativity, and food presentation expertise. Attendees of the reception will judge and select the overall winner.
Hawaiian Luau with Samantha Bessey, Allen Buzzell, Michelle Halwix, Jesse Johnson, Noah Lake, Ashden Moore, and Ericka Toothaker will team up to present a Hawaiian theme, while the team of Global Village comprised of Lynsie Rose Bachelder, Patrick Dapolito, Mike Hall, Ginia Hinckley, Logan Hutchinson, Jenna Ranger, Jerrica Richards, Jourdan Simon, and Asha Taylor will present ethnic dishes from around the world.
According to culinary arts instructor Sean Minear, about half of the students who are participating in the challenge are planning careers in the culinary arts field. Minear has a degree from Cornell College in history, English and Medieval Renaissance studies. He worked in a Northern Italian restaurant in Brookline for nine years and has been teaching the culinary arts course since 1994. “Sean Minear is an extremely creative, passionate teacher,” said Goudreau. “We’re so lucky that he chose to showcase his students with us.”
Special guest, Dean Szablewski, Executive Chef at the Gingerbread House in Oquossoc, will also be on hand to offer his commentary. Szablewski graduated from the International Culinary Apprenticeship Program in Vienna, Austria, in 1996 with honors, and was the first American to complete the program at the time. Highly sought after for his talented, artistic cuisine, he has prepared meals in exclusive restaurants, clubs, and resorts in Wyoming, Florida, Georgia, Vermont, and finally Maine.
“Dean Szablewski is a talented member of the culinary community and brings his global travels and many rich life experiences to fruition through his food,” said Goudreau. “We are pleased that he has accepted our invitation.”
After the reception, a community concert featuring Native Oak will take place in the Bass Room at 7 p.m., to which the public is invited.
For more information, contact Maureen Goudreau at 779-2471.
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