Since its birth a few years ago in New Milford, the Community Culinary School of Northwestern Connecticut has carved an indelible mark.

An impressive record of graduates moving on to good jobs and many satisfied patrons from its catering services quickly have made the non-profit school an integral part of the New Milford community.

Area residents have taken note and many turned out Nov. 5 at Candlewood Valley Country Club in New Milford for a fundraising wine, beer and spirits tasting event hosted by the New Milford Spirit Shoppe.

A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Culinary School.

-- Norm Cummings