Bakery Program Restarted at Nashoba Tech
Nashoba Valley Technical High School hasn't had a baking chef in about 15 years, but a recent upswing in popularity of cakes and cupcakes, generally credited to rise of the Food Network and other TV cooking shows and personalities, revealed a need that was not being fulfilled: Some students wanted to learn the baking side of culinary arts as well as the cooking side.
Enter Carley Engle. Nashoba Tech is the Terryville, CT native's first experience teaching at the high-school level, though she taught middle-schoolers in Nashoba Tech's Summer Experience, as well as adults in Nashoba Tech's Nashoba @ Night community education program. She graduated from Johnson & Wales University in Providence, R.I., with a Bachelor's degree in Baking and Pastry, and was a teaching assistant at Johnson & Wales Inn. She has also worked for Bianco's Catering in Tyngsborough. Engle said she plans to teach students basics about cookies, cakes and cupcakes, and create custom-made cakes for the public. She also wants to introduce students to one of her specialties - wedding cakes.
The public can sample new bakery items at Nashoba Tech's award-winning in-school restaurant, The Elegant Chef, which is open to the public Tuesday - Friday, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., when school is in session. Reservations not required, but if you would like to make one, call 978-692-9958.