ELMIRA, N.Y. (WENY) -- Thursday night marked the 7th annual "Taste of Chemung" which was held, for the first time, at the Community Arts of Elmira on Lake Street. It's an event where community members are able to enjoy a bountiful meal made from all fresh and local foods.
This year, students from the Culinary Program at GST BOCES were the ones behind the kitchen, preparing the wide array of dishes from "appletizers" to the main course, and dessert!
"It's been a lot of fun but like going in the kitchen and like meeting everyone and like seeing how we all cook is really cool because everybody has these different ways of cooking so we all come together and make one big meal - it's pretty fun and enjoyable to watch," says Lindsey Boorse, a junior at Elmira High School.
"It's been pretty exciting and crazy. We definitely had to get a lot of things prepared and we've just been all over the kitchen all week, so just trying to hang in there and make it through the week!" explains Nate Farnsworth, who is a senior at Watkins Glen High School.
"It's pretty cool like to meet other people that are interested in like the same area as you are - like same career path. we're all pretty passionate about what we do so it's really nice to meet other people that ... feel the same way about culinary," says junior Horseheads High School student Payton Aird.
It truly was a "Taste of Chemung" -- all of the ingredients used for the dishes had been donated from local farms and businesses. It was something the young culinary students were appreciative to work with.
"It's like really nice to see everybody come together and donate food and for it to be like from this area, and for us to make it, it's kind of an honor," Boorse explains.
The great work from the students was evident from the number of guests who eagerly dined together, often heading up to the buffet for seconds!
All proceeds go towards educational programs offered by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chemung County.