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Trinity Catholic School holding ‘Taste of Christmas’ fundraiser at Violi’s

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MASSENA - Three local chefs will be preparing an elegant Christmas luncheon on Sunday to benefit Trinity Catholic School.

Dr. William Orlando, Mike Violi and Joe Brown will be serving up their culinary best during the “Taste of Christmas” event, which runs from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Violi’s Italian Restaurant. The cost is $35 per person.

Dr. Orlando will be serving a Sweet Potato Encrusted Mahi Mahi. It will be served on a risotto cake with red pepper coulis.

Mr. Violi’s selection is Pork Braciole with a seasonal stuffing and a light apple brandy reduction sauce. That will be sided with a potato torte infused with spinach and red peppers.

Mr. Brown will be serving Chicken Bolognesa topped with prosciutto ham and mozzarella cheese. That will be partnered with roasted Brussels sprouts tossed with goat’s cheese and drizzled balsamic.

Violi’s Restaurant is also contributing to the meal with their Fresh Vegetable Lasagna.

All of the entrees will be served with salad, roll, choice of Italian Wedding or Curried Carrot Soup, dessert and coffee, and a cash bar will be available.

Trinity Catholic School Principal Kathy Behrens said the fundraiser was suggested by Ross Violi.

“This is the third year we’ve done this. Ross Violi approached (retired principal) Joan Rufa a couple of years ago and said, ‘I’d really like to help out the school. What do you think about doing this?’ We just went with it. We really appreciate what Ross and the restaurant and the Violi family does for us,” she said.

Violi’s takes care of the arrangements, she said, but others also chip in to make it a special affair, complete with great company and beautiful music while dining.

“The faculty and staff and parents do the waitressing, they cook behind the scenes, they prepare the salads. They are the main wait staff. The Rotary helps out too with the wait staff,” Mrs. Behrens said.

It’s not only a fundraiser for the school, but also an opportunity for folks to get together, she said.

“It’s a community builder also. It just kind of sets the tone for your Christmas season. It is a very nice, elegant meal with a lot of fun and laughter,” she said.

“It is an elegant setting, and we don’t want people to feel like it’s not obtainable. It is $35 apiece for your meal, but that includes everything including gourmet chefs,” Mrs. Behrens said. “In today’s economic times it’s tough and we don’t want people to feel like ‘I can’t go there because it’s too expense.’ We have to be able to keep our lights on, too.”

For reservations or questions, contact the school office at 769-5911.

“We will take reservations through Friday at 4 o’clock,” she said.

Payment can be made at the time or ordering or at the door on Sunday.

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