Pictured above: Craig Youdale, Paul Jawarowski, Bruce Worden, Scott McInerney, Thomas Pittman, Janine Hall, Trevor Littlejohn and Jim McClean gather in the Canadian Food and Wine Institute where they have been preparing for the 13th annual Spirit of Christmas event.
Christmas giving is on the menu at the Canadian Food and Wine Institute.
Staff and students have been busy preparing a turkey dinner with all the trimmings (potatoes, gravy, cranberries, stuffing, and veggies) for the 13th Spirit of Christmas Dinner in St. Catharines.
The event, to be held Dec. 25 at Stella’s dining lounge, typically draws hundreds of people from the community including the less fortunate, those without families or no places to celebrate the holiday; as well as people who are retired and newcomers to Canada.
NC participants include chefs Virginia Marr, Jim Duncan, Jim McClean, Craig Youdale, and Bruce Worden, and Oscar Turchi; as well as students Thomas Pittman, Janine Hall, Paul Jawarowski, Trevor Littlejohn and Scott McInerney.
Chef manager of Benchmark restaurant Bruce Worden, who has been involved with the Spirit of Christmas event for many years, said it is a great event for both the students and recipients of their efforts.
“With all of the help from all of our sponsors, this drives home what this college is to the community and allows the students to take the lead on a fantastic and heartfelt event that reaches so many,” he said. “The students do a great job and deserve the recognition for the work they have done.”
“Our Culinary Management students took great pride and delight in cooking this festive meal;,” said chef professor Jim McLean. “I hope the merry spirit with which it was prepared is spread to those who enjoy it this Christmas.”
Niagara College is a co-sponsor of the community event along with the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce, Sun Media, Emterra Environmental, Canadian Tire, Raising the Bar, and Stella’s dining lounge.
The Spirit of Christmas Dinner will be held Dec. 25 from 12-5 p.m.
Stella’s dining lounge is located at James St., St. Catharines.