Cultural Diversity Presented By Phs Culinary Students


Culinary students whetted local appetites with a bevy of desserts at the library's February fund raiser.

On April 3, they aim to please palettes and raise some funds for their school with a presentation of the Asian, Mexican, European, American and Italian dishes they have perfected in the past few weeks.

Patrons can sample desserts, beverages and culturally diverse cuisines plated all around the Rim Country Middle School cafeteria.

Second-year culinary program students determine the theme and countries to highlight in the youth chef event, now in its third year.

"Next the students experiment and research foods that fit their assigned country," said Devon Well, culinary arts teacher at Payson High School.

Individual assignments, recipe pricing and voting on the best tasting items comes next.

Consideration of potential diners' tastes is also a priority.

"We toss out the too expensive dishes and touch-up the most liked items so that the plates will have an attractive presentation. Not everyone will like every dish, but our event offers the majority a variety of tasting experiences," Wells said.

Food Around the World is from 5:30 to 7 p.m., Thursday, April 3 in the RCMS cafeteria at 304 S. Meadow St., Payson. Tickets are $15 for adults, $6 for children 10-years-old and under.

Advanced tickets are available by calling (928) 472-5750.

They will also be available at the door.

This is the third year of Food Around the World. The event that raises money to slowly but surely update PHS's student kitchens from family-style to commercial.

"Daily students ask for better equipment in my facility, equipment that we don't have -- from a food mill to a food processor to a commercial mixer -- this way they are working towards getting those items," Wells said.

Chef and entrepreneur Gerardo Moceri continues to encourage the students to plan and create the dishes for Food Around the World.

"We couldn't complete the event without him. He supports us with his expertise and staff to make sure everything is hot and in place for the evening," Wells said.

"Many other restaurants and grocery stores give their support and community supporters are greatly appreciated," Wells added.

"I appreciate that students see the importance of working to improve their school," Wells said.

Food Around the World

When: April 2
Where: Rim Country MIddle School cafeteria
Time: 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Tickets: $15 for adults, $6 for children 10-years-old and under
How to buy tickets: Call (928) 472-5750

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