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Dinner and a show at Taste of Education Feb. 28

On Feb. 28, Taste of Education offers dinner and a show while showcasing the work of Western New York's next generation of culinary talent.

It's a buffet dinner of creative bites combined with an Iron-Chef-style cooking competition. High school level culinary students from Angola Carrier Educational Center, Orleans Niagara Educational Center and Sanborn BOCES will offer samples of a dizzying variety of dishes.

Thai chicken egg rolls, Reuben fritters, pork belly chicharrones, poached pears with honey-lavender cream, are among the dozens of dishes culinary students will present.

Then three chefs - Krista Van Wagner, Jean White and Alex Dispense - will go head-to-head, assisted by students, with their efforts at showcasing a secret ingredient evaluated by a panel of judges.

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The 13th annual event, run by the New York State Restaurant Association’s Western New York chapter, raises money for scholarships to support local culinary students involved in the national ProStart culinary competition. So far, the event has underwritten $85,000 in scholarships.

It’s at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Salvatore’s Italian Gardens, 6461 Transit Road, Depew. Tickets, $25, are available at the door or online.

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