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Maria Duncan
Culinary instructor John Dominello, left, and culinary student Case Hackett help to deliver one of the 140 meals to community senior citizens Nov. 30.

WOODBURY — As the holidays creep closer, Nonnewaug’s advanced culinary program hosted its 15th annual Senior Citizen Holiday Meal on Nov. 30. 

NHS culinary instructor John Dominello never fails to host a memorable holiday meal prepared for the senior citizens in the community.  The event continues to grow and please many, and this year was no exception.  

“It’s so impressive,” said Tom Gereg, a Bethlehem senior resident. “John’s students do an incredible job, and it’s an opportunity for the community to see the talents of NHS students firsthand.” 

Advanced culinary students were busy preparing for this senior meal in the weeks leading up to it. It is important to the students that the seniors in our community are pleased with the meals. 

Advanced culinary students, from left, Quinn Leonard, Trevor Santopietro, and Mathew Dutton organized the boxed meals for senior citizens of Bethlehem and Woodbury. (Brianna Johnson)

“It’s been a lot of work; we’ve been preparing for over a month,” said advanced culinary student Quinn Leonard, a senior. “It’s worth it. I like being able to talk and connect with the senior citizens.”

Culinary students prepared more than 140 meals for the luncheon. Ingredients were fresh from local farms, using fresh corn provided by Logue’s Farm. 

Dominello looks forward to this event every year. It’s grown from the days when it was a sit-down meal at school to a popular drive-thru event.

“We used to only be able to serve 40 senior citizens; now we can serve almost 150,” Dominello said.

“We come each year,” said senior citizen Bernett Law. “It is a wonderful thing you do to bring together Woodbury and Bethlehem. We love it so much. We send thank you cards each year.”

While culinary students handed out meals to the seniors, they were able to enjoy the NHS band and chorus.

“It was very successful,” said advanced culinary student Mathew Dutton, a junior. “Everyone looked happy and we gave away each one of our meals. It was a great way to start the holidays off.”

About the Contributors
Brianna Johnson '25
Brianna Johnson is a junior in her first year of being a reporter for the Nonnewaug Chief Advocate. She is an ag student who's interested in agricultural production. When she is not reporting on the latest news, she enjoys riding quads, working with cows, and socializing with her friends. She hopes to become a women's health nurse practitioner. Brianna is excited to be involved in sharing the details of the latest local news.
Grace Nelson '25
Grace Nelson '25, Reporter
Grace Nelson is a junior at Nonnewaug High School. She is a first-year reporter for the Nonnewaug Chief Advocate. She is from Woodbury and is a part of the agriscience program. Currently, she is interested in animal production within the ag program. When she is not busy writing for the Chief Advocate, she enjoys hanging out with friends and working. Being a first-year writer, she is interested in writing about sports and upcoming events happening at Nonnewaug.
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