The Hillsborough Chapter of UNICO National normally makes an annual contribution to the Hillsborough Community Assistance Network (CAN) at a food collection at our annual St. Joseph’s dinner in March. The pandemic has restricted us from accomplishing that for two years.
And so was born the Pound of Pasta Project. Spearheaded by Laura Messina Campo, the Chapter plans to collect at least one thousand pounds of pasta each year to give to CAN.
Pictured above - Over 160 pounds of pasta given to CAN by UNICO in first drop off
( L to R): Nathan Santaromita, President; Mariann Cialdella, VP; members Matt D'Agostino and Laura Messina Campo.
About Chef Andrew Pantano
Executive Chef Andrew Pantano was a highly trained chef and graduate of The Culinary Institute of America and owner of Culinary Creations on Route 206 in Hillsborough, NJ since 1995. Chef Pantano, together with his colleagues, designed a full-service catering company and casual dining restaurant. He worked side by side with celebrity chefs from NY & NJ at various Five-Diamond rated restaurants. His style, creativity and personality landed him a TV Cooking Series and he concluded over 180 Television Shows for "Panache" his weekly TV cooking show. Culinary Creations under Chef Pantano’s direction earned a renowned reputation and numerous prestigious awards for orchestrating memorable events from start to finish. Chef Andrew Pantano has been featured in voluminous reputable publications and television news broadcasts. He and his talented and decorated Staff at Culinary Creations continuously created innovative menus for numerous high-profile celebrities, dignitaries and influential clientele using local gardens, farms and growers.
Our 2021 Pound of Pasta Project is in tribute to:
Chef Andrew Pantano of Culinary Creations who passed away suddenly this year. Andrew was a charter member of the Hillsborough Chapter and exemplified our motto of "service above self" in our community.