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Sweet treats from In-presa: Accor Italy employees inaugurate a pastry shop

On Saturday 28th October 2013 at Carate Brianza, near Milan, Renzo Iorio, Managing Director of Accor Italy, accompanied by some ten employees, attended the inauguration of the Il Buono di In-Presa (sweet treats from In-Presa) pastry shop, a project supported by the Accor Foundation since 2012, in the presence of the Italian Ministers of Agricultural, food and forestry policies and Infrastructures and Transports, and the town Mayor.

In his speech, the mayor of Carate Brianza, Francesco Paoletti, stressed the importance of organisations such as In-Presa, an Italian charity aimed at promoting entrepreneurship in depressed neighbourhoods, as well as the training young people in precarious situations. The Accor Italy employees working with the charity since 2008 turned to the Accor Foundation to build and equip a pastry shop in the school premises.

Set in a warehouse no longer in use, the pastry shop now offers pastry chef training for disadvantaged youngsters. Like true professionals, the trainees can sell their products at the cafeteria of the school next door. Every day, half the students work in the kitchen and the other half serve customers. The sale of pastries helps finance part of the school’s operating expenses. “A student learns better and faster when taught in during actual work experience,”  explains David Bartesaghi, In-Presa Director. On his part, Renzo Iorio described the Accor group’s pride in supporting this project through its employees and its Foundation.

The inauguration concluded with a blessing of the pastry shop and a tasting of the cakes made by the students.