Students learn heart-healthy cooking

A group of Culinary Arts Center students in Westbrook created three heart-healthy mini-meals that were served to about 45 American Heart Association volunteers on Wednesday, Feb. 11.

The annual Go Red For Women Tasting Event, sponsored this year by True North Salmon, allows students to showcase their culinary skills and for American Heart Association volunteers to vote on their favorite meal.

Under the direction of the Chef Charles Limoggio, students take on this project to learn more about how healthier ingredient substitutions can be used to create tasty and nutritious dishes. Students spend months researching and modifying recipes to reduce the unhealthy fat (such as trans fat and saturated fat), salt, cholesterol and/or sugar in their creations.

American Heart Association volunteers voted on the meals based on presentation, flavor, overall appeal and nutritional analysis. The winning choice will be served to 500 guests at the upcoming Go Red For Women Luncheon at the Holiday Inn By The Bay on Tuesday, March 10.

Porell, Westbrook score in Boston jazz fest

Westbrook High School earned distinction at the recent 47th annual Berklee High School Jazz Festival in Boston, Mass.

With 3,000 students from 13 states and Puerto Rico competing, the event is the largest of its kind. Westbrook’s large ensemble, directed by Philip Rich, took home third place in its division.

A Westbrook student, Danny Porell, was recognized as an outstanding musician for his performance in the large ensemble.

Maine Gov. Paul LePage poses for a photo last week with a group of kids at Westbrook’s My Place Teen Center prior to his budget discussion at the Westbrook Performing Arts Center. Teen center Executive Director Donna Dwyer said of the visit, “One of these kids might be a future Maine governor someday, and now they’ve met a sitting governor who’s not all that different from them,” referring to LePage’s teenage years spent at homeless shelters in Lewiston. Courtesy photoStudent Kristina Griffin of the Culinary Arts Center at Westbrook Regional Vocational Center displays some creations to promote healthy hearts. Courtesy photo

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