The taste of helping Caldwell’s students

Jun. 02, 2014 @ 01:26 PM

Wearing a long white apron over her T-shirt and jeans, Hibriten High School freshman Destiny Brooks served sliders at the Granite Falls Brewery Table. As a student in the Caldwell County Communities in Schools program, she found it fitting to volunteer at its annual Taste of Caldwell fundraiser at Cedar Rock Country Club.

“I get a lot of moral support,” Brooks said of the program. “This is ready nice.”

Fellow volunteer Colin Bauer, a CIS social worker, said that Brooks has blossomed over the past year through her experiences in the CIS program.

“When she first came to CIS, she was shy and meek,” Bauer said. “She has transformed into an enthusiastic, confident woman.”

Taste of Caldwell is CIS’s biggest fundraiser of the year, bringing in more than 300 community members to taste sample dishes from local restaurants and caterers such as The Wine Cellar and Bistro, Piccolo’s Italian Restaurant and Sims Country Bar-B-Que. The culinary arts program from Caldwell Community College & Technical Institute also provided dishes and cooked on-site. Some of those who prepared food said that coming out to the event is a no-brainer.

Rose Noakes, owner of Irish Rose Bed and Breakfast, said, “I can’t think of a better program that gives children a hand up. Anything for children, I’m behind.”

Eric Hall, president and CEO of Communities in Schools of North Carolina, even made the trip to Caldwell County to take part in the event.

“It’s a beautiful event,” Hall said. “I’m amazed by it. I’m looking forward to spending time with the different community members. It’s great to see them work to help kids and the impact that’s being made by the support of the community.”