Culinary Coach Cooking Classes for a Cause to benefit arts & services for the disabled

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asd-fundraiser Chef Gregg Denter Culinary CoachIn 1982, two music therapists and special educators had a vision to create and develop community based programs utilizing the creative arts therapies (music, dance, drama, and visual and literary arts) for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. In that same year, soon-to-be-chef Gregg Denter, Culinary Coach, was looking forward to graduating from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York.

The two have now come together for an unforgettable evening of friendship and fundraising through a shared love of food, cooking and the arts. A special summer culinary class, conducted by Chef Denter, will focus on grilling techniques and include a menu with an “Asian flair” featuring dishes such as Thai Grilled Shrimp with Cucumber Relish, Chicken Satay with Peanut Ginger Sauce, Beef Filet with Teriyaki Glaze and Grilled Salmon with Miso Glaze.

“We are looking forward to this new creative venture where culinary arts meets creative arts,” says Arts & Services for the Disabled Director, Helen Dolas. “Self-expression through the arts is incredibly therapeutic and beneficial, whether in front of the stove or in front of a canvas. We appreciate Chef Denter giving of his time and talent to help us express ourselves in the kitchen.”

Chef Gregg Denter, owner/chef-instructor at Culinary Coach, provides custom, in-home cooking classes and parties in Los Angeles and Orange Counties. “In my business, I usually come to you and conduct classes in your kitchen. For those who have been shy about inviting me into their homes, this is an opportunity for you to come to me,” said Chef Denter. “More importantly, it’s an opportunity to support an incredible organization with all proceeds going directly to Arts & Services for the Disabled.”

The event will be hosted by Kathy & George Richards of Rossmoor in Los Alamitos. Cost to participate in the cooking class, which starts at 3:00 p.m., is $125 per person. For those who prefer to come and enjoy the food only, show up at 5:00 p.m. for $85 per person. Also available at the event will be student art, Belli Famiglia Olive Oil and Opalo Reserve Zinfandel 2009 from Remo Belli Vineyards, with all sales proceeds benefitting ASD. For more information or to make reservations and purchase tickets, contact: Arts & Services for Disabled, Inc. (562) 982-0247, email, or visit the Arts & Services for the Disabled website (click on “buy now” at the bottom of the home page).

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