Community Invited to ACLAMO’s Culinary Celebration at MCCC

CAI LogoApril 27, 2016, Blue Bell, Pa.—Come and celebrate the sizzle of Latino cuisine and culture at a Culinary Celebration hosted by ACLAMO Family Centers and The Culinary Arts Institute of Montgomery County Community College (MCCC) on Sunday, May 1, from 3-6 p.m. at MCCC’s Central Campus, College Hall (lower level), 340 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell.

The event will feature cuisine with a Latino flair from local restaurants, samples of wine and beer and musical entertainment. Tickets cost $75 and are available at aclamo.org/events. Proceeds from the event will help support the Latino community and low-income residents of Montgomery County and will provide up to a $2,000 scholarship for a Latino student to attend The Culinary Arts Institute (CAI). For more details about the event, contact ACLAMO Executive Director & CEO Nelly Jimenez-Arevalo at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

To date, participating restaurants include: Crystal Rose Catering, El Sarape, Puerto Jarocho Bakery, Stove and Tap, The Philadelphia Cricket Club, Philadelphia DVCA Chapter of the American Culinary Federation, Culinart Group and The Culinary Arts Institute. Visitors will receive a memento tasting glass to sample beverages from Chaddsford Winery, Levante Brewing and Round Guys Brewing Company.

While enjoying the flavorful food and refreshing beverages, visitors will be entertained with some Latin jazz, salsa and even a little cha-cha-cha by West Chester’s Habanero Latin Band. This versatile group of musicians performs all styles of Latin music in Chester and Montgomery counties and beyond. Visitors also will hear the melodic strings of Belmary Lorcas from Lorcas International Music Society, who, together with a few other musicians, will perform musical pieces with unique heriatges from around the world.

CAI is pleased to partner with ACLAMO Family Centers to host this event. ACLAMO is a community service agency that provides educational programs, social services and health access to Latino and other low income residents by empowering them to succeed and become productive members of society.

About ACLAMO

Founded in 1977, ACLAMO has been an important “connector” in Montgomery County's human services network for 39 years. Today, ACLAMO is still the only full-service agency and a safe haven for Spanish speakers in Montgomery County and surrounding areas. Its leadership has invested years in developing ways to facilitate access to health and educational services for English language learners from early childhood to adulthood and seniors services. ACLAMO builds a stronger community one child and one family at a time. For more information about ACLAMO, visit aclamo.org.

About The Culinary Arts Institute of Montgomery County Community College

The Culinary Arts Institute of Montgomery County Community College is the region’s home for innovative, affordable culinary arts education and training. The Culinary Arts program includes both associate degree and certificate programs, as well as non-credit culinary enthusiast and professional development course offerings. The Culinary Arts Instituted opened its doors in 2013 at 1400 Forty Foot Road, Lansdale, in Towamencin Township, where it is conveniently located near the Blue Route (I-476) and the Pennsylvania Turnpike. The new facility features four state-of-the-art kitchens and equipment and three SMART classrooms, as well as a retail café/bakeshop and bistro restaurant, where students can develop real-world food preparation and customer service skills. For more information about the Culinary Arts Institute, call 267-646-5970 or visit mc3.edu/culinary.

- Diane VanDyke

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