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    Page Title| Happenings News Stories  2010


    September 23, 2010

    OCVTS Students Prepare For Lacey Apple Festival
    Jean Sullivian, September 23, 2010

    BRICK, NEW JERSEY- Students from the Hospitality/Basic Food Services Program at the Ocean County Vocational Technical School’s Waretown Center helped with prparations for the Lacey Apple Festival. Working alongside members of the Lacey Historical Society who run the Apple Festival, the culinary students washed, peeled and cut several bushels of apples which they used to make trays of apple crisp. The baked goods are to be sold at the festival both as individual servings and as two-pound pans to be enjoyed at home.

    OCVTS Culinary Arts Instructor Donna Squillaro, of Wall, was extremely impressed with her students. She explained, since the beginning of the school year “we have been learning all about kitchen safety and sanitation practices. We have only just begun lessons on basic food preparation so the students are doing a fantastic job. They are working well as a team and they are learning not only about preparing apples but the ladies from the Historical Society are sharing a bit of history about Lacey as they work. This is a great way to start off the school year.”

    Also helping in the kitchen was an OCVTS graduate who had completed the Hospitality/Basic Foods program. Drew Dries, of Lacey spent the day working with the students. After the Basic Foods class, Drew also completed the Culinary Arts Baking and Pastry Arts program at the OCVTS Brick Center.

    This past summer Drew was presented with a scholarship from the Lacey Historical Society. He is the first recipient of the scholarship and as Historical Society member Eleanor Ditton explains, “We have been working with the OCVTS program and Chef Joe Jakositz, who had been the instructor here, for the past several years. It has been a wonderful partnership and we had wanted to do something to give back to the school. We appropriated funds for a scholarship and we were so happy to present Drew with the scholarship at our meeting this past July.” Drew will use the $500. award as he enters the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York later this month.

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