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.