October 24, 2014
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​Wharton High School culinary students sell ribs to customers outside Winn-Dixie store no. 2529 during Labor Day weekend.

Winn-Dixie store No. 2529 in New Tampa invited Wharton High School culinary students to host a rib sale during Labor Day weekend to kick off the new school year.

The New Tampa store welcomed the school’s culinary program students into the store to teach them about preparing and selling food and making contact with customers.

“Events like these showcase the culinary students as the professionals they are striving to be,” said Chef Edward Bujarski, director of Wharton's Culinary Arts program. “More than that, it highlights a vital relationship between education and industry that does not always involve donations of money but rather the opportunity to be recognized for sustainable efforts that our youth need to grow and become meaningful, productive members of that community.”

Winn-Dixie stores make it a priority to get involved with customers and members of the communities in which they operate.

“This is a tight-knit community and it responds well to school events,” said Rodney Koschman, Winn-Dixie store No. 2529 director. “Our goal is to introduce new products through these events, and ultimately, meet new people and make new friends.”

The Labor Day weekend rib event was an opportunity to show off Wharton High School students to the community and highlight the relationship between Winn-Dixie and Wharton’s culinary program. It started as a sampling event and turned into a full barbecue, complete with a barbecue trailer parked in front of the store. The customers were greeted in the parking lot with the welcoming aroma of fresh-cooked barbecue that drew them to the tent.

The New Tampa Winn-Dixie store partners with Wharton High School’s culinary program multiple times a year on events to celebrate a shared passion for food.

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