DALLAS TWP. — Students and staff at Dallas Middle School put their culinary talents to the test with two chefs from InFusion Sales Group on March 17.
The event was not based on a lesson plan but geared more to have some hands-on fun, said Chef Micheal McCoy of InFusion Sales Group, a vendor of Metz Culinary Management, which provides Dallas School District with food for its lunch program.
“It (the event) is about giving back to the children for buying our products,” McCoy said. “Everyone loves pizza, so we will be letting the children and staff make their own.”
Set up in the food and nutrition classroom at the Dallas Middle School, McCoy and Chef Dan Fitzsimmons, of InFusion Sales Group, created a pizza- and calzone-making station that included tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese, coby jack cheese, pepperoni and bacon. A cupcake-frosting station, a smoothie area and a donut-decorating area were all designed to showcase an array of flavors.
Slowly students, faculty and staff began to filter into Room 101. Then, as the aromas of baking pizza and calzones drifted into the hallway more curious people were lured into the fun.
The ones who stayed enjoyed a free treat just in time for lunch.
Twenty-two-year-old Zach Taylor, a classroom aid, watched as a student volunteered to make him a pizza.
“A little more cheese,” Taylor said.
Another student, Owen, was making his pizza and reached for the bacon.
“Where is the bacon,” he said. “I can’t live without bacon.”
Fitzsimmons and McCoy utilized two of the five ovens to bake the pizzas and calzones.
“While the pizza is cooking, let’s decorate some cupcakes,” Fitzsimmons said.
Laughter and smiles were heard throughout the room as the group tried their skills handling big frosting decorating bags. McCoy showcased his vanilla cupcake with a mound of white frosting on top. Others tried their dipping skills and gave fresh donuts a coating of pink, green or chocolate icing.
The flurry of active began to slow as students and staff sat down and tasted the fruits of their labor.
Taylor tried his pizza and gave it a thumbs up.
“It is hot, but it is tasty,” he said.
Even Dallas Middle School Principal Jeffrey Shaffer stopped in and tried a calzone.
“It is top notch,” Shaffer said.
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