The Culinary School of Northwestern Connecticut welcomed sponsors and other supporters April 9 to its fourth annual "Dinner With Friends" fundraiser at the Candlewood Inn in Brookfield.

In addition to dinner and both live and silent auctions, festivities included music by the venerable New Milford band, Flashback.

The school, based in New Milford, provides 12-week sessions of culinary and life skills training to unemployed and underemployed adults.

-- Deborah Rose