Spirit of Christmas on the menu at the Canadian Food and Wine Institute

NC culinary grads Daniella Germond (left) and Carly Bergshoeff, prepare pounds of apple stuffing, part of the traditional turkey Christmas feast made by volunteers at Niagara College for the annual community dinner, Spirit of Christmas. The turkey and all of the fixings will be served for over 400 residents in need on December 25 by volunteers at Gord’s Place, St. Catharines. For Germond and Bergshoeff, volunteering to help cook the dinner is also an opportunity to further hone their culinary skills: both are members of NC’s junior culinary team which will compete at the international culinary Olympics in Germany next year.
NC culinary grads Daniella Germond (left) and Carly Bergshoeff, prepare pounds of apple stuffing, part of the traditional turkey Christmas feast made by volunteers at Niagara College for the annual community dinner, Spirit of Christmas. The turkey and all of the fixings will be served for over 400 residents in need on December 25 by volunteers at Gord’s Place, St. Catharines. For Germond and Bergshoeff, volunteering to help cook the dinner is also an opportunity to further hone their culinary skills: both are members of NC’s junior culinary team which will compete at the international culinary Olympics in Germany next year.

 

Students and chef professors at Niagara College’s Canadian Food and Wine Institute have a taste for holiday giving.

During the week of Dec. 21, they have been cooking up a storm for hundreds of community residents in need. The festive holiday fare – including trays of turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, veggies and all the trimmings, as well as a fruit cobbler for dessert – will be served  at the 16th annual Spirit of Christmas Dinner in St. Catharines on Christmas Day.

Preparing a feast for the Spirit of Christmas Dinner has become an annual tradition among staff and students at the College’s Canadian Food and Wine Institute. While staff and students prepare the meal in advance of the event, Niagara College president Dan Patterson regularly volunteers on Christmas Day to help serve the meal.

The DeDivitiis family Spirit of Christmas Dinner will be held on Dec. 25 at Gord’s Place in St. Catharines. The event offers a free Christmas dinner to those who attend, which often includes the homeless, those facing financial challenges, those without families, and newcomers to Canada.

Niagara College is the lead sponsor of this year’s event. Other sponsors include the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce, Lancaster Brooks & Welch, and Brock University.