Buon Appetito! Salt Brook’s 6th Grade Pasta Feast Draws Over 400 Residents For Homemade Italian Cooking

Credits: Jennifer Pagano
Credits: Jennifer Pagano
Credits: Jennifer Pagano
Credits: Jennifer Pagano
Credits: Jennifer Pagano
Credits: Jennifer Pagano
Credits: Jennifer Pagano

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Salt Brook cafeteria was transformed Friday night, looking more like an Italian bistro, and a packed-to-the-rafters one at that.  Decked out with traditional red and white checkered tablecloths, 400 parents and students and local residents jammed into the packed room to feast on pasta and sauce, generously made and donated by Paolo’s Kitchen.

Paolo and Paula Vieira spent hours making pasta, salad dressing and four different sauces for the event. Diners were invited to choose from Bolognese, Vodka, Marinara or butter for the handmade pasta they made for the event. Their daughter Grace, a sixth grader, was also one of the students serving their pasta.

This successful event will fund the 6th grade activities and the students were eager to help. 120 Salt Brook 6th graders ran the room, they seated guests, and they served as waiters and cheese graters and also sold 50/50 tickets.

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The event co-chaired by Jama Podell-Vitale and Nicole Bisaccia had two seatings and was the product of weeks of planning. “This was a great event for our 6th graders, it definitely took a village and our moms and dads were awesome,” said Podell-Vitale. Paolo Vieira had the assistance of two sous chefs as well, Chris Bisaccia and Tom Vitale. Also on hand to support the 6th graders were Katie Graziano, Karen Pazdera, Monica McCauley, Anjula Menen, Deana Cumiskey and Janet Goetke.

The baskets were donated by families and businesses in town; including Skin Deep Salon, Hair Salon, Starbucks, Smashburger, Jersey Mikes and Bacci. 

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