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Maple Ridge Secondary to start community dinners

First one to be served Thursday, Nov. 23
Chef Trevor Randle will be starting the community dinner program again at Maple Ridge Secondary School. (Special to The News)

Community dinners are starting again at Maple Ridge Secondary School.

The meals include four courses prepared by students of the MRSS culinary program, and are a fraction of the cost one would pay if dining out at a restaurant.

The first dinner will take place on Thursday, Nov. 23 and will start with a Caesar salad, followed by penne with tomato sauce, garlic broccoli and chicken parmesan, and tiramisu for dessert.

Instructor Chef Trevor Randle said he has been fielding questions about when the community dinners would start again since the beginning of September.

“The community dinners continue to be an important part of both the school and community culture. It has become an evening that both guests and culinary arts students look forward to each night,” said Chef Randle.

He noted that the dinners give his culinary arts students an opportunity to cook some different meals and to serve to the public. The dinners also give the public an opportunity to enter the building to see – and taste – the amazing dishes the secondary school students are creating.

“Really, the dinners are a win - win project. Everyone benefits – students get real life experience of cooking commercially and our guests get to skip cooking and enjoy an incredible meal for less than it would cost to eat out at a fast food joint. There is always excitement and good energy at our dinners and we intend to continue the tradition throughout this year,” said Randle.

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The dinners will run every Thursday while school is in session. The cost is $14 per person and the dinners will only be served as take out.

Those interested must call the school at 604-463-4175, extension 1037, before 8 a.m. on Wednesday to reserve a meal.

There is a limited number of dinners, so Chef Randle advises to reserve early.

Then doors will open from 5-6 p.m. for pick up at 21911 122 Ave, Maple Ridge.

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Colleen Flanagan

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