College student chefs at the heart of event to support local charity on Valentine’s Day
February 05, 2015 - 2:24 PM
KELOWNA - Okanagan College pastry arts students will create 800 high-end desserts for a Valentine’s Day event in support of the Central Okanagan Elizabeth Fry Society.
Winter Indulgence, which runs from 7-10 p.m. on Feb. 14 at Okanagan College’s Kelowna Campus, will feature a buffet of delicately-crafted desserts handmade by students under the guidance of Culinary Arts Pastry Chef Instructor Danny Capadouca.
“This event is great way for students to use their talent to help a meaningful cause,” said Capadouca. “Not only do they learn how to put on an event of this caliber, they also learn the importance of supporting their community.”
Proceeds from Winter Indulgence will go toward the Central Okanagan Elizabeth Fry Society’s counselling program for men, women and youth who have experienced violence in their lives.
The charity’s Community Engagement Coordinator, Allie Grey, highlighted the significance of holding a Valentine’s Day event to raise awareness of the work they do to create a community free of violence, poverty and oppression.
“We wanted to tie in the theme of love; love for your community and one another,” she said. “We’re hoping to see the community come together to celebrate Valentine’s Day and to enjoy all aspects of the event.”
The buffet will feature local wines and specialty desserts ranging from strawberry champagne French macarons and red velvet cupcakes to Okanagan apple cinnamon cheesecake parfaits and an assortment of cheese. Tickets to enjoy the dessert buffet to your heart’s content are $40 per person.
A silent auction will also be held during the event with proceeds going to support the charity. A variety of auction items will be available, including gift cards for restaurants and massages.
For those interested in learning to make their own desserts, Okanagan College Culinary Manager Chef Bernard Casavant and Pastry Arts Chef Danny Capadouca will be hosting a workshop open to the public on Feb. 13 from 7-10 p.m. Tickets for the workshop are $50 per person and space is limited.
For more information or to purchase tickets to the Winter Indulgence dessert buffet or workshop, contact the Central Okanagan Elizabeth Fry Society at 250-763-4613 ext. 209 or visit the Eventbrite webpage: www.eventbrite.com/e/winter-indulgence-tickets-15455720476.
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