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Student chefs to prepare dishes for Waynesboro's 'Taste of the Town'

September 16, 2009|By JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. -- When WaynesboroFest hosts its first cuisine-tasting event, the youngest chefs will be serving an impressive menu featuring various breads and two different salads.

Students from Franklin County (Pa.) Career and Technology Center's culinary arts department will be preparing food alongside area restaurants and caterers on Saturday, Sept. 26.

Tickets, which cost $25 each, must be purchased by Saturday for the 6 to 8 p.m. event at Waynesboro Country Club. There, sample portions of appetizers, entrees, sandwiches, soups and desserts will be served along with coffee and tea.

Student Sarah Lopez, 16, said teachers told them to expect 300 guests. Preparing food for crowds isn't a new experience for the teenagers, who help with their school lunches as well as special events like fundraisers.

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Adults who try the food "usually try to encourage us, telling us we did a wonderful job and to keep up the good work," said Kaitlyn Trate, 17.

Kaitlyn and Sarah are excited to try the seasonal greens salads, one of which will feature a peach vinaigrette. The students also will make a roasted pepper and Roma tomato soup.

"We haven't made this exact menu, but we've done similar things," said Paul Cline, 16.

The students entered the program for different reasons but found their niche. Some of them want to study culinary arts further and enter the field professionally.

"I've learned a lot" at the career center, Robert Fehle, 15, said. "I've had a lot of fun."

So far in the 2009-10 school year, the students have been practicing knife skills. Kaitlyn has studied at the career center for three years, and Paul, Sarah and Robert have been enrolled for two years.

Students estimated their menu for Taste of the Town will require two days of preparation.

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