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Appetizing academics

50 cooking students at Technology, Exploration and Career Center West learned cooking techniques from a world-class chef.

Italian chef Lorenzo Polegri, a restaurant and cooking school owner from Orvieto, Italy, taught TECC-W students how to cook signature Italian dishes on December 10th. Polegri has toured the world cooking as the Guest Country Chef at Harvard University, Le Cordon Bleu., The Culinary Institutes of America, the James Beard Foundation Gala Dinner in New York, and he was the 2010 White House Guest Chef for Barack Obama. He offered TECC-W students the opportunity to travel to Italy and do an internship with him for a two-week next summer, where they can experience culinary arts and agriculture in Italy.

During the presentation, Polegri and the cooking students cooked Italian dishes like risotto and focaccia from scratch. Polegri taught her preparation techniques and methods for Italian cuisine.

New website

Carrollton launched its redesigned website that provides more user-friendly access to city information and community services.

The website has been structured to reduce the number of clicks it takes to find the information you want. The city also relocated the web hosting site for better security and faster updates.

“The content of the new city website is tailored to the needs of residents and other visitors,” said Marketing Director Kelli Lewis. “It is organized according to topics that enable people in a variety of ways to find what they need in a convenient way.”

The website redesign process began in 2019 and included user experience advice such as input from residents and visitors, heat maps, and other analytical surveys. A user survey was conducted last July to ensure that the final design reflected the results respondents provided. Additional steps included content migration, graphic design and training for in-house employees.

The Carrollton website serves as a hub for city news and information, online payments, library information resources and book supplies, animal adoptions, park & ​​recreation program registration, business economic development resources, permit applications, and more.

Resources offered

The Carrollton Public Library invites prospective business owners to the Josey Ranch Lake Library at 1700 Keller Springs Road from 10:30 am to 11:30 am on Jan. 12 for an introduction to SCORE Dallas, a non-profit providing business start-up resources should provide and try to expand existing businesses.

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