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October 11, 2011 > Students at School for the Blind to Bake Pies

Students at School for the Blind to Bake Pies

Submitted By LaWanda Vann

A grass roots program to teach visually impaired youth to bake pies was the brainchild of a local chef for retirees. Now the work is being taken to California where Chef Frank Zerafa will direct a pie baking session at the California School for the Blind in Fremont on Wednesday, October 19. Chefs from Washington and California will assist as well as local Lions members of the Fremont Dawn Breakers Lions Club. Two years ago Zerafa had his first pie baking class with about 40 students at the Washington State School for the Blind. It was such a success he was asked to help make it an annual affair.

Through his local club, Zerafa was inspired by local blind students' talents and drives and wanted to do something innovative using the tools he had at hand - namely, baking tins and rolling pins - to inspire them to do something new to build self-confidence and perhaps dream of a culinary career.

Zerafa, Executive Chef for Kamlu Retirement Inn, a Holiday Retirement Corporation property, is also a member of Lions International, whose mission in part is to support vision programs around the world.

Student Pie Baking Class
Wednesday, Oct 19
2 p.m.
California School for the Blind
500 Walnut Ave., Fremont

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