Bits & Bites: RSYP to honor culinary arts apprentices


Chris Bonniver, executive chef of the Hermitage Club properties in West Dover, Vt., will be the special guest chef at the Railroad Street Youth Project's annual Culinary Arts Celebration at 5:30 p.m. Monday at Crissey Farm, 426 Stockbridge Road, Great Barrington.

A Berkshire resident, Bonniver is an award-winning chef who has enjoyed a career spanning over 35 years working for Michelin-rated and AAA-rated 4 and 5 star restaurants and resorts. At RSYP's Culinary Arts Celebration, he will share his passion for farm-to-table dining with young apprentices and guests.

This is the culminating event for RSYP's Culinary Arts Apprenticeship Program, which offers eight-week apprenticeships under the guidance of local professional chefs in actual work environments at the Red Lion Inn and John Andrews Restaurant for young people to gain the skills necessary for employment in the hospitality field. Youth who have completed the program have gone on to attend prestigious culinary schools including the Culinary Institute of America and have launched successful careers in the food industry.

The event will feature Bonniver and the program's mentor-chefs, as they guide young, aspiring culinary professionals in preparing a five-course menu for their families, friends and the community. The evening also includes a certificate ceremony to honor the young chefs, the inaugural awarding of the Railroad Street Youth Student Empowerment Scholarship to local student Sheila Francisco, and a live service auction to support RSYP and its mission to empower youth.

Tickets to the event are $125 per person and are available at or 413-528-2475. Tables are also available for purchase. All proceeds support RSYP's youth development programs and activities.


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