'Recipe for Success' to benefit culinary school

The Community Culinary School of Northwestern CT in New Milford will host a culinary showcase, “Recipe for Success,” March 24.

The event will run from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the 19 Main venue at 19 Main St.

The culinary celebration is the largest fundraiser for the nonprofit school, which provides job and life skills training to unemployed and underemployed adults from the greater New Milford area.

All food prepared in classes is donated to local food banks to feed the hungry within the community.

The event will feature hors d’oeuvres prepared by students under the direction of chef instructor and program graduate Justin Elander.

An open bar of beer and wine will be served throughout the night.

Silent and live auctions will feature luxury goods, spa treatments and travel, including a week of fun and memories in Ireland.

The trip will feature visits to well-known places, and others less known to tourists, including the walled town of Fethard, Dun Aengus, the Gallarus Oratory, Blarney, Waterford and Cashel, as well as the best hotels and dining.

The “Restaurants for a Year” auction package with $100 gift certificates to area restaurants will return.

Guests will also have the opportunity to purchase tickets for a wine basket drawing featuring more than 20 bottles.

To date, 35 classes of students have graduated from the school, which boasts a 96 percent job placement rate for graduates and a 95 percent six-month post-graduation employment retention rate.

Graduates have moved into dynamic careers within the food service industry.

Tickets are $85 per person and can be purchased online at www.communityculinaryschool.org or by contacting the school at 203-512-5791.

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to feature the skills of our students and graduates, while bringing awareness to our program and raising funds that will allow us to continue the important work that we do,” said Executive Director Dawn Hammacott.

Sponsorship, advertising and auction item donation opportunities are also available.