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“Trinity’s Taste of Christmas” fundraiser to be held at Violi’s restaurant


MASSENA - Three area chefs will be creating mouth-watering sets of dishes for the second year in a row to benefit Trinity Catholic School.

The second annual “Trinity’s Taste of Christmas” will be held Dec. 9 at Violi’s restaurant, Massena. The first seating is at 11:30 a.m. and the last seating begins at 2:30 p.m.

Trinity Principal Kathy Behrens said it’s not so much of a fundraiser as it is a chance for the community to come together for an enjoyable meal and holiday music.

“We look at this as more of a community builder than a fundraiser,” she said.

She said Ross Violi came up with the idea and approached retired Trinity Principal Joan Rufa last year to get her take on it.

“Ross was very instrumental in getting this all together. He wanted to help the school out,” Ms. Behrens said.

And, when the 2012 holiday season rolled around, Mr. Violi wanted to take on the project again, she said.

“He again this year said he would like to help out,” she said. “It was a great success last year, and we are looking forward to the Taste of Christmas this year.”

Mr. Violi said the restaurant has hosted a similar event for the past 13 years for Hospice and Palliative Care of St. Lawrence Valley. Now, he said, they also want to do their part to help Trinity.

“Having two grandchildren there, I’m very close to the school. I said let’s give it a shot. We got it off the ground last year, and it went very well. I hope it does as well this year,” he said.

“We have music and food. It’s very nice, very Christmasy,” he said.

Ms. Behrens said the event will allow people to enjoy great company and beautiful music while dining on culinary masterpieces prepared by local celebrity chefs.

Kevin Holcombe will be preparing chicken marsala, a butterflied, boneless breast of chicken which is floured and then sauteed in a fresh mushroom and marsala wine reduction and accompanied by a side of garlic smashed potatoes.

Dr. William Orlando will be preparing lobster cannelloni, tubed pasta filled with delicate and tender lobster meat.

Michael Violi will be preparing stuffed pork roast, a pinwheel-style pork roast, stuffed with an apple cranberry chutney. That will be served with a warm farro risotto.

Entrees are served with salad, roll, choice of soup, dessert and coffee, and a cash bar will be available.

Tickets are $35 each, and reservations can be made by calling the Trinity Catholic School office at 769-5911 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Credit cards are accepted.

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