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Record Number: 4480
Displayed from: Oct 30, 2008 , until: Nov 30, 2008
Sixteen Fort Wayne Community Schools culinary arts students will have the opportunity to spend the evening at Charlie Trotter's in Chicago learning about the restaurant and the importance of striving for excellence. The students are first- and second-year culinary arts students from Anthis Career Center. They will travel to the world famous Chicago restaurant Tuesday, Nov. 4, and spend two hours touring the restaurant, meeting the team of chefs and servers and enjoying a gourmet meal. The visit is part of Charlie Trotter's Culinary Education Program, which hosts high school students two to three times a week to encourage them to reach for their dreams. Fort Wayne Community Schools is the first school district outside the Chicago area to participate in the program. A connection with Charlie Trotter was made in August when the famed chef visited Fort Wayne for a Blessings in a Backpack fundraiser, and he invited Fort Wayne students to join his program. This is a wonderful opportunity for our students to see what they can become if they stay focused on their goals," Anthis Principal Larry Gerardot said. "Charlie Trotter is one of the best chefs in the world, and for our students to have a chance meet his staff and eat at his restaurant is exciting." For more information about Charlie Trotter and his restaurant, visit

With nearly 30,000 students, Fort Wayne Community Schools is one of the largest school districts in Indiana. FWCS proudly allows families to choose any of its 50 schools through its successful school-choice program creating diversity in each school, including some with more than 75 languages spoken. FWCS offers seven magnet schools focusing on areas such as science and math, communication, fine arts or Montessori at the elementary and middle school level. In high school, students can choose from the prestigious International Baccalaureate program, Project Lead the Way or New Tech Academy as well as other rigorous academic and specialty training programs.