EASTERN Culinary Program Donates to Assist in Local Relief Efforts

Food and gloves donated by EASTERNOn April 3, 2020, Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) staff members, Elena Hays, Student Learning Center Aide, and Ben Vozzo, Culinary Arts Instructor, donated produce and latex gloves from the Culinary Arts program to Hatboro Dish Restaurant to aid in their efforts to feed families who are struggling during this difficult time. Free meals are provided two nights a week by the restaurant bolstered by donations of food and money made from Hatboro residents and other local businesses. EASTERN’s donation included 50 pounds of carrots, 50 pounds of potatoes, one case of lemons, one case of limes, one case of butternut squash, one-half case of celery, 10 pounds of cabbage, 25 pounds of onions, and latex gloves.

“We are so happy to be part of this community that cares so much for one another,” said Ben Vozzo, EASTERN’s Culinary Arts Instructor. “I am so glad that the produce from Culinary Arts will be used to keep our community fed and healthy. We are all in this together.”

At this time, EASTERN has completed its first week of distance learning. While a large part of our program instruction is hands-on, we have always stressed the importance of the theoretical knowledge that underpins our technical tasks. We have also always focused on developing leadership and employability skills. As EASTERN students continue to learn from home, we also want to teach them the importance of community giving through example.

Build your culinary skills and techniques at EASTERN so you can compete in this field. Students also have the potential to earn up to nine transferable college credits through a statewide articulation agreement with Montgomery County Community College. This two-year half-day program enables students to acquire a variety of skills including soup and sauce preparation, preparation of meat, fish and poultry entrees, baking, kitchen sanitation, purchasing and inventory controls.

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