September 30, 2023


Free For All Food

Food and Hearth project delivers connoisseur eats

WALLINGFORD— Fire departments are being handled to gourmet foods for the duration of the pandemic thanks to a local chef.

Chef Ray Gennaro determined he wanted to display his help by accomplishing what he does greatest – cooking. The Wallingford resident created the Foods and Fireplace project to provide entire foods to fireplace departments. 

“I said, ‘I’m likely to do one thing for these folks, these persons are real heroes,” he stated.

Inspite of numerous personal hardships because of the pandemic, Gennaro and his wife cook out of their home and fund the Food stuff and Fireplace project themselves. 

“I went to a single fireplace station and then a single led to yet another,” the chef mentioned. “I was not operating anyway and I have the like of food stuff and I was just delighted to see the smiles on people’s faces.”

Gennaro visited the North Haven Fireplace Division twice – once in May possibly and again ideal in advance of Thanksgiving. 

“He just showed up with trays of food,” North Haven firefighter Justin Orlando explained. “He brought chicken parm, pasta, salad, and dessert. We have been really appreciative that he was wondering of us and it was a great shock.”

Gennaro grew up learning to cook from his father, Chef Gennaro Aurioso. His father owned various Italian dining establishments in New Haven in which Gennaro bought his appreciate for cooking. 

“Bottom line, I’m likely to make a distinction 1 way or a different,” he reported. “I’m likely to feed people.”

Gennaro has been the head chef in various regional restaurants like Waverly Inn in Cheshire and Time Out Tavern in Durham. He presently functions from household and travels to be an in-household, individual chef. 

Gennaro has visited 10 other fire departments considering the fact that April which include stops at the Plainville, North Haven and Wallingford fireplace stations. Each and every cease he delivers various Italian meals, but not long ago he also has been providing Thanksgiving meals. 

He ideas to pay a visit to every hearth office in Connecticut and eventually consider the venture all about America and then international. 

“I’ve got the venture and I’m going to get the job all about the earth,” he claimed. 

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