Tantalizing ‘Taste of the Town’ Draws More Than 500

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The high school’s Culinary Arts and Hospitality Career Academy hosted its second annual “Taste of the Town” event on Oct. 29, featuring 35 local food establishments, each bringing a minimum of two large trays of special dishes to sample. The event drew more than 500 community guests – twice as many as last year’s debut – for a night of tasting different foods as well as enjoying music, dancing and socializing.

Among the enthusiastic attendees were Suffolk County Legislator Tom Cilmi, East Islip Superintendent of Schools John V. Dolan, Assistant Superintendent for Instruction and Personnel Alise Becker-Santa, and three members of the Board of Education: President Phil Montuori Sr., Vice President Christopher Zachary and trustee Jessica Carney.

The Culinary Academy students, supervised by teacher Pat Emmons-Fritz, were in charge of planning the entire event, including soliciting the participating businesses, setting up the tables and chairs, distributing posters and brochures throughout the community, preparing their own dishes, helping the sponsors bring in their supplies, and helping them pack up at the end of the evening. Students from the other three East Islip Career Academies also volunteered to help, setting up posters and making sure that the food was ready to serve.

“The reason that this event was such a huge success is because of the support we got from the business owners, and the dedication of the Career Academy students and teachers, who are always ready to give 100 percent of their time and energy,” said Career Academy Director Israel Malinowitzer.