Chef Woody Danforth honored for helping area seniors

MIDDLEBURY-Award-winning chef Woody Danforth, the culinary arts instructor at the Patricia Hannaford Career Center in Middlebury, received the Governor's Award for Outstanding Community Service.

Danforth oversees the student-run Glass Onion Restaurant that participates in CVAA's restaurant program offering seniors a chance to enjoy having lunch out at a reduced cost. Danforth has long been a partner with CVAA catering meals for Middlebury Commons and Middlebury Meadows both senior housing.

Danforth has catered numerous CVAA volunteer recognitions including the most recent one held at the VFW in Middelbury where nearly 100 volunteers attended.

Danforth's job includes introducing students to the food service industry. He focuses on health and nutrition, emphasizing cooking with fresh, wholesome, local products and encourages students to interact with seniors who attend luncheons at the Glass Onion.

Danforth's partner in all of this is his wife Ultima. Danforth claims she is the glue to the program working front of the house while he keeps the kitchen going. Danforth has been offering senior community meals for over 10 years. He was the owner of the former Woody's Restaurant along Otter Creek in downtown Middlebury.

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