Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Students prepare fundraising feast

PUBLICATION: The Ottawa Citizen
DATE: 2005.04.27
COLUMN: Taste of the Town
BYLINE: Gay Cook
SOURCE: The Ottawa Citizen
ILLUSTRATION: Photo: Rod MacIvor, The Ottawa Citizen / Eric St. Louis,left, teacher Nicola Jarvis,Theresa Hoang and Alysha Kirkham are busy preparing treats for Sir Guy Carleton Secondary School's Art Sale and Gala Dinner on May 5.


Students prepare fundraising feast


'I love the students, they never let me down and always come through in a crunch," says chef instructor Nicola Jarvis, speaking about the culinary arts students at Sir Guy Carleton Secondary School.

I caught up with them the other day as students worked on preparations for a gourmet dinner for guests at the first annual fundraising Art Sale & Dinner Gala taking place at the high school on Centrepointe Drive, May 5 from 5 to 9 p.m.

Host of the evening is the Canadian Leukemia Studies Group in partnership with Sir Guy Carleton Parents' Council and students, who will share the evening's proceeds.

Works of art will be on display along with other donated items for the auction.

Peter Huszcz, author of You Can Do It, is the guest speaker. He has an interesting story to tell, as Mr. Huszcz immigrated as a teenager from Poland, starting off in Ottawa as a dishwasher. He is now a millionaire.

Sir Guy Carleton focuses on students with special needs. The curriculum offers varied programs depending on the students' requirements. In this case, the senior students lead a full life with 40 to 80 minutes a day in the kitchen doing preparation and cooking for the cafeteria, special luncheons and catering.

"I love it here," says student Eric St. Louis. "I want to be a chef some day and go to Algonquin, or Le Cordon Bleu culinary school."

The buffet menu for the fundraising evening includes roast strip loin of beef au poivre, chicken and asparagus in phyllo pastry, vegetarian lasagna, lemon meringue pie, and more. The lemon pie recipe appears here.

The cost of registering for the art sale alone (without the meal) is $25, or $20 in advance. Registration enables participants to bid on items in the silent auction as well as a chance to purchase art from local artists. Cost to attend both dinner and the art sale is $50.

For tickets, call Deborah at 831-1239 or e-mail For more information, call vice-principal Rick Haggar at 723-5136 or e-mail


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