Sparta High School Culinary Club

Students in the Sparta High School Culinary Club catered lunch at the Sparta Chamber of Commerce at Senior’s Place on April 17.

The owners of a popular Ozark restaurant read about a group of aspiring chefs and was inspired to help them on a quest to reach the East Coast.

Bric’s Belgian Waffle and Pancake House will host a breakfast fundraiser June 15, as a benefit for the Sparta High School Culinary Club. The students are raising funds for an educational trip to Washington D.C.

Bric’s owners Paul and Ann Bluto, who also owns the IMAX Entertainment Complex in Branson, read about the upcoming trip in an April edition of the Christian County Headliner News. Tom Forrester, director of marketing for IMAX Branson and Bric’s Belgian Waffle and Pancake House, explained that when Paul and Ann Bluto read that the students were a bit short on funding, they wanted to help.

“They were inspired to contact Laurent Watts and the people over at the school to make a pretty firm commitment that they would help cover the costs of the trip,” Forrester said.

“There are so many eateries in downtown Washington D.C. You can visit so many different cultures right there,” Chef Laurent Watts, Sparta High School Food Services Director said. “We are planning on eating at as many different places as we can.”

From 8-10 a.m. June 15, diners can enjoy all-you-can-eat pancakes for $5 in advance or $7 at the door. To purchase tickets in advance, you may email Watts at

One hundred percent of the proceeds will go to the Sparta Culinary Club.

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