Steve is Honorary Chair: Cooking For CASA

Join me tomorrow, Wednesday, at 6 pm at Amarante’s , 62 Cove St., New Haven where I will be honorary chair at the event that is the fundraiser for Children In Placement. Many of your favorite New Haven Restaurants will provide samplings of some great dishes. Tomorrow on CT Style at 12:30, watch Chef Manuel Romero from Ibiza  prepare Piquillo Peppers stuffed with seafood and chicken with host Desireee Fontaine.  This dish will be served at the event. Chef Romero participates in many fundraising events. Ibiza certainly gives back to the community. Lynn Curless, Director of development for Children In Placement will talk about the organization’s  efforts to assist children in need. A special limited offer will be announced on CT Style for those that would like to attend. Desiree Fontaine will emcee the event.  203-784-0344 www.childreninplacement.org

Just returning from being a speaker at Cookbook University,  I wanted to share this artice I found in Food & Wine.  The volunteers I met at the conference are passionate about what they do. I met the committee chair of Charleston Receipts, among many other cookbook committee members, who is as enthusiastic about the cookbook project as if it were her own business. The women I met give their time and energy to raise funds that are given to  support projects in their communities  Their books tell the culinary history of the location where they live. Many of the recipes in these cookbooks were handed down from generation to generation and have become part of the culture of the community and beyond.  If you have never bought one of these cookbooks, give one a try…..you won’t be disappointed. The recipes are not from celebrity chefs, but before this craze of of celebrity chefs cooking was about sharing recipes with our friends and family who  really should be considered to be our “celebrities”.  Let’s get back to basics in cooking and buying  cookbooks that support your local community.