CW STAR group shotAt Culinary Works, we love working with all groups of people, and so Julia was excited when she was contacted by STAR Inc, Lighting the Way, to set up a brief curriculum for their clients. The class is entirely made up of individuals with developmental disabilities, and is specially designed to provide a chance for them to learn more independent skills while working together in the team-building atmosphere we specialize in here at Culinary Works.

In the first session, we cooked in the New Canaan location of DEANE Inc., and the STAR clients prepared Brooke Nachos, Chicken & Vegetable Quesadillas, Salad, and Apple Brownies. The next session we decided on the Stamford location of DEANE Inc., for another eye opening experience. That time, they prepared Grilled Strip Steak, Garlic Bread, Braised Broccoli and Texas Chocolate cake.

We plan on working with them again this coming September, when they’ll be exploring more recipes with Julia as they continue to work on cooperation, taking directions, and other important skills. As Peter Saverine, Director of Philanthropy at STAR told the Darien Patch: “Julia Deane and the whole Deane family were sensitive, respectful, and engaging to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The lessons they shared went well beyond the palate and there was no doubt that every one of the participants enjoyed a very, very special day at DEANE Inc.”

Read more about it in the Patch!