UPTON – For the past seven years, the Blackstone Valley Tech Friends of Rachel Club and Culinary Arts program teamed up to host monthly fundraising dinners to benefit several charitable organizations and causes. Beginning in January, the Culinary Arts program will have a new partner in the BVT SkillsUSA chapter as the Friends of Rachel Club steps away from the monthly charity dinners.
“We’ve developed a familial relationship with many of the community members who attend our monthly dinners over the past few years,” said Dawn Dubois, Culinary Arts Instructor and Friends of Rachel Advisor. “I’ve really enjoyed hosting the dinners, but I wanted to pass the baton to the members of the SkillsUSA chapter who are eager to make their mark on the event and serve the community.”
The December dinner acted as the end of one era and the beginning of the next as the Friends of Rachel Club distributed gift boxes of holiday cookies to guests to thank them for their support, and the members of the SkillsUSA chapter introduced themselves to the nearly 70 regular monthly dinner guests.
“The great thing about these dinners is it gives the kids an opportunity to do community service, share their talents, and bond with members of the community,” Dubois said.
The dinners will continue to be held at the Three Seasons Restaurant, located on the BVT campus at 65 Pleasant Street in Upton, and serve as charity fundraising events and opportunities for students to give back to the community and causes near to their heart.
Each all-you-can-eat dinner is held on a Thursday evening and consists of a themed buffet, dessert, and beverage. The following dates and themes have been selected for the spring 2018 series:
January 25 – Roasted Pork
February 15 – Roasted Chicken
March 15 - Meatloaf
April 15 – Baked Fish
May 10 – Porketta