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A Celebration To Savor: Event To Support Community Culinary School Of Charlotte

Red bliss potatoes with bacon and bleu cheese. Tomato basil tarts. Butternut squash soup with apple-basil relish.

And that’s just for starters at “Miracle on Distribution Street,” the holiday fundraiser to benefit the Community Culinary School of Charlotte.

Guests will be treated to a full menu of creative cookery, all prepared by students of Class 47, which will graduate December 17.

Chef Ron Ahlert, Executive Director of the school, promises: “Everyone will ‘relish’ what we’re serving.” That will include a pasta station with fresh-made sauces, and a dessert bar that will feature cobbler, cakes, the ever-popular pumpkin bread pudding – and “really good coffee.”

To spice things up, there will be a “mystery box” cooking competition. Students in the current class will face alumni “all-stars” from prior years. Restaurant pros Joe Bonaparte and Chip Hood, along with yours truly, will judge the contest.

Guests can bid on silent auction items that include gift baskets, wine, dining, and a getaway in the mountains.

It’s all happening Tuesday, Dec. 3 from 5:30 – 8., at 2401-A Distribution St. Charlotte, NC 28203. Suggested donation to attend the event is $25. The school is always tuition-free for students.

Community Culinary School of Charlotte, which has graduated more than 700 culinary professionals since its founding in 1997, is a nonprofit organization that provides training and job search assistance in the food service industry for people who have experienced barriers to employment. For more information visit www.communityculinary.org or call 704-375-4500.

Amy Rogers is the author of Hungry for Home: Stories of Food from Across the Carolinas and Red Pepper Fudge and Blue Ribbon Biscuits. Her writing has also been featured in Cornbread Nation 1: The Best of Southern Food Writing, the Oxford American, and the Charlotte Observer. She is founding publisher of the award-winning Novello Festival Press. She received a Creative Artist Fellowship from the Arts and Science Council, and was the first person to receive the award for non-fiction writing. Her reporting has also won multiple awards from the N.C. Working Press Association. She has been Writer in Residence at the Wildacres Center, and a program presenter at dozens of events, festivals, arts centers, schools, and other venues. Amy Rogers considers herself “Southern by choice,” and is a food and culture commentator for NPR station WFAE.