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New Canaan, April 27, 2020 – Local businesses Culinary Works, and DEANE, Inc and Wagon Wheel Fine Wines & Spirits are celebrating Cinco de Mayo by supporting Filling in the Blanks in their fight against childhood hunger during the Coronavirus crisis.

Set in the DEANE, Inc. Stamford showroom, the Mexican-themed cooking & cocktails class will feature three of Culinary Works’ signature recipes along with a demonstration on how to make the perfect margarita from Wagon Wheel Fine Wines & Spirits. Scheduled for Saturday, May 2nd at 6pm, registrants will receive in advance all the recipes that will be prepared that evening so they can follow along at home. Interested participants are asked to make a $75 donation to Filling in the Blanks which will provide 15 weekend meal bags for children.

“With all of my corporate cooking events and seasonal cooking classes on hold, I’ve been hosting my own nightly cooking show at home” says Julia Deane, founder and Executive Chef of Culinary Works, a premier cooking school in Fairfield County. “With food hunger levels in our area at an all-time high, I knew this was a terrific opportunity to help support Filling in the Blanks’ mission.”

Her husband Peter, Principal at DEANE, Inc, a luxury purveyor of distinctive cabinetry and design says “We are proud to have partnered with Filling in the Blanks since their mission began 7 years ago. They serve the at-risk population of children who face elevated levels of food insecurity in Fairfield County. The students enrolled in the Weekend Meal Program are the same students that received 80% of their nutrition from school provided breakfast and lunch services. With school closures, the weekend meals have become even more vital, as many parents are unable to work creating further financial stress on families.”

“We could not have been more appreciative when approached with this concept.“ says the organization’s co-founder/co-director Shawnee Knight. “Mexican food and margaritas are a fun and festive way to spend a Saturday night at home and we are excited to bring people together” adds Tina Kramer.

Paul Jordanopoulos, of Wagon Wheel Fine Wines & Spirits, has designed tequila tasting kits for purchase to accompany the event through a donation from Casamigos. “As a small business owner, it is our responsibility to help the local organizations that make our communities strong and vibrant places.”

100% of both the class fee and alcohol sales will be donated to Filling in The Blanks. Each $75 donation will fund 15 weekend meal kits.

Cinco de Mayo Event to support Filling in the Blanks

Culinary Works combines professional cooking instruction with a casual, hands-on hands social format that everyone can enjoy. Located in the kitchen design studios at DEANE, Inc. in Stamford and New Canaan, CT, classes are intimate and interactive with seasonal menus and educational and entertaining themes to choose from. Resident Executive Chef Julia Deane’s classes are in high demand in lower Fairfield County community. Her Seasonal Cooking Classes are held during winter/spring, early summer and fall/holiday. These classes are a fun way to learn to cook with the flavors of each season and the best approach for maximum flavor, the freshest produce, and the most soul-satisfying meals. They also offer private cooking parties and corporate team building and corporate entertaining. Summer finds Culinary Works hosting Nantucket Cooking Parties, leveraging the best flavors the island has to offer. Visit to learn more.

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Since 1961, the Deane family has created custom rooms that are thoughtfully designed and meticulously handcrafted. Distinctive cabinetry design at its best, DEANE provides high-end custom cabinetry, innovative design, superior craftsmanship, and outstanding customer service. In addition to local projects in the tri-state area, we often travel to locations such as Nantucket, Vermont, Palm Beach, Jackson Hole and beyond for our clients’ second homes. Whatever your design style, their goal is to create rooms that are in sync with your family’s lifestyle: rooms to love living in and living with. Visit them at their Stamford or New Canaan showrooms or online at

In Fairfield County, more than 33,000 children are not sure where their next meal will come from. Most will get breakfast and lunch from school every weekday, but many will go from Friday lunch until Monday at breakfast without a decent meal. Filling in the Blanks is an organization that fills in those weekend gaps by providing each child in its program with a bag filled with healthy food for the weekend. When the obstacle of food insecurity is removed, children experience increased academic achievement in school and increase opportunities for success in their lives. Those interested in joining Filling in the Blanks’ efforts can visit