In the back corner of the John Burroughs High School courtyard, about as far as you can get from the stage and still keep an ear on the action, Connie Trimble packed up the last of her cooking utensils.
On that stage all Saturday morning, the varied and dynamic singing groups of the school’s Vocal Music Assn. took the community through a musical odyssey, from warm-ups all the way through a complex harmonized classical piece. Through it all, Trimble kept the crowd well-fed with a signature pancake recipe from her family’s restaurant, Barron’s.
Now it was cleanup for the breakfast crew. As the last act, the Sound Sensations, ended its warm-ups, Trimble picked up a pancake dropper. The large, metal funnel distributes a perfect dollop of buttery batter onto the griddle. It’s a professional-grade tool, and as she runs a finger around the rim she tells me it was one of the only things recovered when Barron’s burned in November 2001.