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Norwalk Students Help Dish Up Desserts

Tamia Taylor carefully filled the cannolis with cheesecake filling for next week's Norwalk Education Foundation fundraiser. The Nathan Hale eighth-grader and her classmates spent a morning last week with catering students from Norwalk Community College to learn how to make desserts. In addition to cannolis, they made bulls-eye cookies, biscotti, strawberry swirl sugar cookies and mini-apple pies.

You can get a taste March 3 at the foundation’s annual “Taste for Education” fundraiser, which features food by local restaurants as well as the desserts by middle school students. “They let us do a lot of the work,” says Taylor, a student in Nathan Hale’s consumer science class, formerly known as home economics. Each middle school visited the community college’s kitchen this month.

Community College culinary arts professor Jeff Trombetta says he has invited middle school students into his catering kitchen and showed them how to make the mini-desserts in the past several years. This year, the program took a different twist, mostly because of his tight schedule. Trombetta had the eighth-graders partner with his event-catering class.

“It’s really the best I’ve seen my class perform. My students wanted to show the kids how to perform properly in the kitchen,” says Trombetta. After a morning of dessert making, the community college students and Nathan Hale students prepared a lunch of roast chicken, venison and steak together and shared a sit-down meal.

Cathy Killeffer, Norwalk Education Foundation’s program manager, says it’s important for middle-schoolers to meet professionals and explore career choices. “We are always looking for ways to make connections for middle school kids to start thinking about college and different career paths.”

The foundation's “Taste for Education” event is Thursday, March 3, 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Aitoro Home Appliance, 401 Westport Ave. Tickets are $40 in advance and can be purchased online . Tickets are $45 at the door.

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