WESTFORD -- Staff and students in Nashoba Valley Technical High School's culinary arts and hotel/restaurant management programs are sharpening the knives and perfecting the recipe as they prepare for what they hope is a successful return to theNashoba Valley Chamber of Commerce's annual Taste of Nashoba Valley competition after an unplanned hiatus last year.

Nashoba Tech has won the coveted Best Entrée category four of the five times it has competed, including a three-year string from 2008 to 2010 before returning to the winner's circle in 2012.

Last year, however, a snowstorm forced a cancellation of school the day of the event, so Nashoba Tech was unable to compete.

The 13th annual Taste of Nashoba Valley is Tuesday, March 18, from 5:30-8 p.m., at Lawrence Academy.

This year, Nashoba Tech's entrée will be encrusted rack of lamb on a bed of ratatouille with a veal demiglaze.