Membership sharpens kitchen skills at Connect After Hours event

Members prepare flatbread at Centre for Food

On August 9, members of the Whitby Chamber of Commerce (WCC) tied up their aprons and sharpened their skills at the Durham College W. Galen Weston Centre for Food for the fist-ever cooking and connecting after hours event.

Chef Anna Mae Crespo taught the membership basic cooking skills and led them through the creation of Bistro ’67 flatbreads. WCC Chief Executive Officer, Natalie Prychitko, and Office Manger Brenda Bemis got their aprons a little dirty as they showed off their cooking skills with attendees.

“What great fun,” said Prychitko. “Testing different kinds of events allows our membership to connect in new and exciting ways which is vital to our success.”

Following the class, members gathered in the atrium which features a two-storey living-wall herb garden and has views of the apple orchard, agricultural planting fields, gardens and greenhouses. Here, everyone connected over beverages while sharing their fresh baked flatbreads.

This event is one of six connect events the WCC hosts, with the support of its annual Connect Partners. This year’s partners include canaPHEM, MacAskill Chiropractic and Wellness Centre, Mikala Inc., Roughley Insurance Brokers and The Village of Taunton Mills.

“A big thank you to our Connect Partners for their ongoing support of the membership coming together in unique and engaging settings,” said Prychitko. “It makes networking that much easier.”