Nashoba Tech’s Mini-Tropical Fruit Taco, which finished among the top
three desserts at the “Night of Sweet Indulgence” event at the UMass
Lowell Inn & Conference Center.

Nashoba Tech Culinary Students Earn Honors For Mini-Tropical Fruit Taco

Culinary students at Nashoba Valley Technical High School have their own restaurant, and now they have an award to go with it.

 With host and emcee Billy Costa, left, at the “Night of Sweet Indulgence” event at the UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center in Lowell are, from left, Nashoba Tech Chef-Instructor Jeremy Bussiere, seniors Michaela Casey and Sean DeFreitas, both of Pepperell, and Chef-Instructor Carley Engle. (courtesy Dan Phelps)


With host and emcee Billy Costa, left, at the “Night of Sweet
Indulgence” event at the UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center in
Lowell are, from left, Nashoba Tech Chef-Instructor Jeremy Bussiere,
seniors Michaela Casey and Sean DeFreitas, both of Pepperell, and
Chef-Instructor Carley Engle. (courtesy Dan Phelps)

Students and staff from the school recently participated in the “Evening of Sweet Indulgence” at the UMass Lowell Inn and Conference Center, earning top-three honors in the dessert category for its “Mini-Tropical Fruit Taco.”

“Top three is unbelievable, considering the competition,” said
Chef-Instructor Carley Engle. “I can’t tell you how many people came up to us and said we had the best dessert because it was pretty much the only one without chocolate in it.”

Nashoba Tech’s Mini-Tropical Fruit Taco, which finished among the top three desserts at the “Night of Sweet Indulgence” event at the UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center.

Nashoba Tech’s Mini-Tropical Fruit Taco, which finished among the top
three desserts at the “Night of Sweet Indulgence” event at the UMass
Lowell Inn & Conference Center.

Other establishments in the competition included, 50 Warren,
Angelina’s, Burton’s Grille, Cobblestones, Holiday Inn, Karma,
Moonstones, Orange Leaf, Owen and Ollie’s, Starbucks, Tuscan Kitchen,
The Candy Dish, The Chocolate Truffle, Two Chefs Are Better Than One,
and the United Teen Equality Center.

Nashoba Tech’s in-school restaurant, the Elegant Chef, has also won Best Entree awards in six of the last nine Taste of Nashoba Valley competitions, hosted by the Nashoba Valley Chamber of Commerce.

The Elegant Chef is gearing up for this year’s event, which is
planned for Tuesday, March 22, from 5:30 to 8 p.m., at Lawrence
Academy in Groton.  Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door. For
more information, visit Nashoba.preview.gochambermaster.com.