A Taste of Italy: Fundraiser for Fleming Culinary and the Kawartha Trades and Technology Centre

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Local celebrities participated in the Sweet Dreams Dessert Competition on Jan. 7 at the Sutherland Campus. With the help of Fleming College culinary students, the celebrity chefs prepared desserts to be judged by Maggie McKeown, star of the Food Network’s “Recipes to Riches.” The winning dessert will be served at the A Taste of Italy fundraiser.  Seen here, Chamber of Commerce CEO, Stuart Harrison.

 My good friends at the Fleming College are hosting an exciting upcoming shin-dig.

From the official Media Release:

PETERBOROUGH, January 7, 2013 – Dean Del Mastro, Member of Parliament for Peterborough Riding and Dr. Tony Tilly, Fleming College President today announced a premier event in support of students in Culinary programs at Fleming College and the new Kawartha Trades and Technology Centre.

The event, “A Taste of Italy” presented by The WOLF 101.5 FM, CHEX Television and 100.5 The KRUZ FM will take place at the Sutherland Campus of Fleming College on Friday, Jan. 25 and will feature Maggie McKeown of Recipe to Riches on the Food Network. The event will offer an authentic five-course Italian feast, with wine pairings created by the students and faculty of Fleming College’s Culinary programs.

Dessert for the event will be the result of an exciting “Sweet Dreams” Dessert Competition, held on Jan. 7. Local celebrity chefs, assisted by Fleming College culinary students battled it out in the kitchen to prepare a dessert for Food Network’s Maggie McKeown, who will act as a celebrity judge and will award bragging rights and a personalized chef’s jacket to the winner.

The festivities will also feature a dance and live auction with one-of-a-kind items such as:

  • Tickets for two to a Rihanna Concert at the Air Canada Centre with deluxe accommodations;
  • A private catered group dinner in the Fleming College Food Lab prepared by the College’s Culinary Department; and
  • A personal tour of Parliament Hill and a meal in the Parliamentary Restaurant with MP Del Mastro.

“I am very excited to be co-hosting this dinner at Fleming College.” stated Dean Del Mastro, Member of Parliament for Peterborough. “Through the Good Samaritan Hands-Up Foundation – a fund within the Community Foundation of Greater Peterborough, this event will raise much needed funding to provide Fleming College students with the resources that they need to explore a career in the skilled trades. The Kawartha Trades & Technology Centre will help grow our local economy, provide good jobs with good wages to our ever-changing workforce and it will make our region a better place to live, work and play.”

“We are very excited for A Taste of Italy, which not only will be a fun evening for our guests, but a great, hands-on learning experience for Culinary students,” said Fleming College President Dr. Tony Tilly. “I’m looking forward to enjoying the five-course Italian feast, and am happy that so many members of our community will be showing their support for our Culinary students and the new Kawartha Trades and Technology Centre.”

This initiative is supported in part through a donor advised fund within the Community Foundation of Greater Peterborough. Donor advised funds are convenient, flexible tools for individuals, groups and families that wish to be personally involved in suggesting grants made possible by their gifts. This fund is a community initiative of Peterborough MP Dean Del Mastro and is supported through community fundraising activities that are organized and executed by volunteers working to build a strong and vibrant Peterborough.

Tickets for the “Taste of Italy” event are $125 per person, with a portion of the ticket price eligible for a charitable tax receipt. To order tickets, or for more information, please contact Arla Whalen at (705) 749-5530 ext. 1664 or by email at AdvancementEvents@flemingc.on.ca

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About the Community Foundation of Greater Peterborough

The Community Foundation of Greater Peterborough fosters philanthropy through the creation and management of endowed and special funds. Its grants to registered charities enhance the quality of life for local citizens. It is a part of a national network of more than 180 community foundations across Canada. The Foundation enables all residents to contribute to positive, lasting changes in our community.