RSYP’s Culinary Dinner Puts Fundraising on the Menu
RSYP Executive Director Ananda Timpane and Rita Kasky
Alexander Brown and Amanda Litwin
Jen Harvey and board of directors member Barbara Schulman, both of Berkshire Property Agents
Lisa and Larry Frankel
Ellen House, a member of the board of directors, and Theresa Smith of Mystique Salon
Main Street Hospitality's Sarah Eustis and Rural Intelligence Publisher Mark Williams
Janet Dohoney, Cheryl Raifstanger and Anne Schnesel
Sheela Clary, Annie Selke and Jim Crane
Brazabra owners Ted and Karen Davis
Bruce Moore and Mike Alper of Red House Design
Dan Thomas, owner of the recently opened South Egremont Spirit Shoppe; Chef Brian Alberg, a member of RSYP's board of directors and vice president of culinary development at Main Street Hospitality Group; and Denise Albert of the catering division at Main Street Hospitality Group.
Taylor Nickles with Debbie Dillon and Bob Dillon
Michael D. Andelman of The Educated, with Steve Agar
The budding chefs of RSYP prepare the plates for the first course.
If the meal at the annual culinary celebration for the Railroad Street Youth Project is any indication, the culinary arts world is in good hands. On Monday, Dec. 3 at Crissey Farm in Great Barrington, Mass., the menu — mashed potato cake with smoked trout, grilled beef strip loin and chocolate cake among the plates — was planned and prepared by students in the Railroad Street Apprenticeship Program. Founded in 2006, the program’s mission is to empower young people by supporting youth-inspired projects that promote responsibility, self worth and intergenerational communication. More than 200 young people have participated in one of RSYP’s many Apprenticeship programs, and the student chefs, mentored by leading restaurant professionals in the Berkshires, showed off the skills they’ve learned that just might lead to a fine job opportunity. The “front of house” was packed with supporters, who, via an auction, raised $60,000 (including the $25,000 match from an anonymous donor), which will go a long way in supporting RSYP programming.
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