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North Culinary Students Serve Up Meal for Meals On Wheels Volunteers

Meals On Wheels volunteers were treated to a meal of their own as a special thank you. The meal was prepared by the Hospitality Foods Co-op and Culinary Arts 3 students at Sheboygan North High School.

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"The students really worked diligently in days prior to the event in order to prepare hors d'oeuvres and finger pastry desserts during class hours. Despite school closings and early release schedules they were able to prepare for a meal that served about 200 guests," said Karen Sullivan, North High School culinary instructor.

In class, students learned culinary and service skills that could be transferred to running a catering business, restaurant or entertaining at home. The menu required some advanced baking and decorating skills which the students had fun doing, said Sullivan.

The menu for the evening included a wide array of treats including Sassy BBQ Meatballs, teriyaki chicken strips, deviled eggs, miniature quiches, tortilla spiral canap�s; baked brie with caramelized onions and mango or cranberry-apple chutney; assorted crackers and pear slices; artichoke, roasted red pepper and crab spread; spanakopita and spinach-mushroom puff pastry pinwheels; pita guacamole trees; fresh fruit; lemon bars; brownies; white chocolate raspberry and turtle cheesecake bites; holiday cut-out cookies and more.

It wasn't until the night of the event that most of the students had the opportunity to plate their food creations, which were placed on festive tables.

"The students were able to work well as a team in the spacious kitchen at First United Lutheran Church, where the event for the volunteers was held," said Sullivan. "They really appreciated being able to use the dishwasher."

The event honored Sheboygan Meals on Wheels Volunteers. The students and their teacher wanted to help make the event extra special for those who generously give of their time, all year long, to deliver meals to the homebound, disabled and elderly of Sheboygan County.

On the night of the event students had the opportunity to serve and converse with the volunteers.

After the event, students were excited and had much to say: "That was really fun. We had a great time. I was surprised to see how it all looked in the end! It was like working in a restaurant, especially when it got very busy!"

When Sullivan thanked the students for all of their hard work that evening, a couple of the senior students replied, "It was our pleasure!"

"Working with students who exhibit such wonderful caring attitudes is truly a rewarding experience," Sullivan said.

Sheboygan Area School District Press Release
December 23, 2008