2018 marks the 10th year that The Bellcate School has celebrated St Patrick’s Day with a community potluck. For days before the event, staff and students prepared traditional Irish dishes to share at the feast. Students rolled into school with green top hats and ties and sporting shamrocks and luck of the Irish accessories. The smell of Ballintoy was in the air as roasted corned beef, parsnips, turnips and rutabaga rolled through the hallways like Dublin fog.

Years ago Bellcate started the St Patty’s day tradition as part of our culinary program’s vision of introducing our students to foods from a diversity of cultures. The Irish tradition aligns with a spirit of resourcefulness that Bellcate School embraces. “Doing a lot with a little is behind the invention of soda bread,” explains Jesse Bell, Director. “Learning how to be resourceful and live within your means is evidenced in many traditional Irish foods.” The Bellcate Community came together to prepare for, enjoy and share a beautiful meal with a festive spirit. Kudos to Jac Treanor and all of the Event Planning Students and Bellcate Staff who worked hard to make our 10th Annual Celebration a great success.