Columbia Arts, Fresh Start team up to present gift-able holiday treats

Students of Fresh Start Culinary Arts Program will be teaming up with Columbia Center for the Arts to bring edible art to your holiday table this Dec. 21-22.

Under the direction of Pastry Chef Rainbow Trosper, Fresh Start will showcase a wide variety of pastries, confections and cakes that can be purchased at the Arts Center, or ordered in advance for pickup at the Arts Center.

“The desserts, from truffles to cheesecake, cookies to tea cakes, are perfect for your holiday table, holiday giving to friends, or to your staff or clients,” says Trosper, in a media release.

Arts Center Director Kerry Cobb says the center has become a popular holiday shopping stop in the Gorge.

“We are so happy to have Fresh Start with us. You can add ‘dessert’ to your art shopping list. And we will have other art gifts in the Gallery for everyone on your shopping list.”

The collaboration between Fresh Start and Columbia Arts is generously underwritten by Insitu as part of the Art Center’s Partner Program. Each dessert will be in a gift-worthy box, with a gift card attached.

In addition to last-minute shopping on Dec. 21-22, customers can place advance orders.

“We will have your desserts ready for pick up at Columbia Center for the Arts on one of two pickup days: Wednesday, Dec. 21, and Thursday, Dec. 22, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.” says Trosper.

To place advance orders, please visit the Fresh Start web site and click on “Holiday Dessert Orders.” You can fill out and submit the order form.

Here is the list of desserts:

Cookie box: a festive ribbon-wrapped box of 20 cookies, four each of the varieties below. $25

  • Chocolate peppermint biscotti,
  • orange coconut macaroons,
  • almond Florentines,
  • decorated sugar cookies,
  • pecan shortbread sandwich cookies with chocolate ganache

Holiday Tea Cakes: Each tea cake is 1 lb. 10 ounces, enough for 12 generous slices.

  • Cranberry orange tea cake, $1.
  • Pumpkin chocolate chip tea cake, $10.
  • Lemon butter pound cake with lavender glaze, $12

Santa’s Wish List: Our truffles, brownies and blondies are made with high-quality European chocolates, and come in lovely gift boxes.

  • Truffles: Six almond praline truffles with sea salt, $12 (gluten free)
  • Naughty and Nice: Checkerboard box of 8 dark chocolate brownies and 7 brown butter white chocolate blondies, $25

Luscious Desserts for the Table (available only by pre-order)

  • Pumpkin Cheesecake with ginger cookie crust, $35
  • Vanilla bourbon chocolate torte, $40 (gluten free)
  • Double butter crust apple cranberry pie, $22

Fresh Start Culinary Arts is a non-profit culinary training program for unemployed and underemployed youth and adults. It prepares students for entry-level jobs in restaurant, hospital and school kitchens. Students attend the 12-week, 40-hour a week intensive training program with 100 percent tuition support. For more information about the program, please call 541-399-6929, or visit the web site.

Columbia Arts in downtown Hood River “supports a community that values, supports, and participates in the arts, and strives to serve all populations throughout the five county Mid-Columbia region, from Cascade Locks to Moro, and from White Salmon to Parkdale.”

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