Last updated March 22, 2017 | Posted in Baking, Pastry & Culinary Arts, Business & Hospitality, Events, Students | Leave a comment
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‘Italian Pasticceria’ Sale Set for Wednesday
Chef Charles R. Niedermyer II’s Advanced Baking and Pastry Operations class will hold an “Italian Pasticceria” sale from 10 a.m.-noon Wednesday, March 29, in Le Jeune Patissier at the Market (in the West Third Street hallway of the Carl Building Technologies Center). Student managers for the sale are baking and pastry arts majors Crystal A. Calaman, of Dushore; Nathan Diaz and Alexis L. Kepley, of Reading; Alesha A. Dunlap, of Worthington; and Ally T. Monborne, of Williamsport. More details, including a product list and details/deadlines for ordering a specially decorated double-layer cake, follow: Italian Pasticceria
Hollywood-Themed ‘Murder Mystery Dinner’ Held in PDC
The Penn College community recently joined the Student Activities Office for “Lights! Camera! Murder!” a Hollywood whodunit in the Thompson Professional Development Center’s Mountain Laurel Room. Attendees of the mystery dinner, many of them adopting celebrity or character aliases for the evening, were called upon to navigate an intricate web of deception and crack the red-carpet killing. To supplement the crime-solving fun, Chef Michael J. Ditchfield and his catering students from the School of Business & Hospitality put together a movie-themed menu that included “Pirates of the Caribbean Shrimp Salad,” Chicken Oscar and “50 Shades Chocolate Decadence Cake.”
Photos by Tia G. La, student photographer
Last updated March 3, 2017 | Posted in Baking, Pastry & Culinary Arts, Business & Hospitality, Business & Hospitality Management, Events, Faculty & Staff, Students | Leave a comment
Spilling the Beans on Chocolate’s Trek From Cacao to Kitchen
The Guittard Chocolate Co.’s Laura Tornichio-Vidal visited the college’s hospitality department on Friday, offering a lesson in chocolate production and tasting. During the hourlong presentation, Tornichio-Vidal – who is the northeast territory sales manager for Guittard – walked students through the complex journey of a cacao bean, from its pollination on a cacao tree by the tiny midge fly, to the care taken by farmers as they harvest, ferment and then sun-dry the beans before delivering them to port, often by mule or handcart. Each harvest is small, grown on farms of 10 acres or less, Tornichio-Vidal explained. She also guided the students through the technique of chocolate tasting – an evaluation that will help them determine what chocolate to employ in various uses. She advised the students to first consider a chocolate’s color, then its “snap” when broken or bitten into, then its aroma, and finally its taste. The students tasted chocolates from Venezuela, Ecuador, Colombia and Madagascar. Guittard donates all of the chocolate used in Penn College’s hospitality majors.
Last updated February 17, 2017 | Posted in Baking, Pastry & Culinary Arts, Business & Hospitality | Leave a comment
Penn College Hospitality Students Share Stages With Pro-Level Peers
Students in Pennsylvania College of Technology’s hospitality-related majors recently showcased their skills on two noteworthy stages, one group working alongside industry leaders at the Pennsylvania Farm Show, and the other interacting and providing demonstrations for professional-level peers at the Philadelphia National Candy, Gift and Gourmet Show.
Last updated February 3, 2017 | Posted in Baking, Pastry & Culinary Arts, Business & Hospitality, Business & Hospitality Management, Students | Tagged as gallery | Leave a comment
College Connections Abound at Competitive Culinary Benefit
A trio of chefs at Herman & Luther’s – all of them graduates of Penn College’s culinary arts and systems major – competed in a “Chopped”-style event at the rustic venue along Route 87 near Montoursville on Saturday. George E. Logue III, a 2010 alumnus, emerged victorious against challengers Patrick J. Kelly II (2015) and Christopher S. Kasler (2016), with a portion of the proceeds earmarked for suicide prevention. Judges for the sold-out event were Chef Michael J. Ditchfield, instructor of hospitality management/culinary arts, and former adjunct faculty members and restaurateurs Alfredo F. Daniele and Kevin G. Nash.
Last updated January 31, 2017 | Posted in Alumni, Baking, Pastry & Culinary Arts, Business & Hospitality, Faculty & Staff | Leave a comment
Alumna Establishes Scholarship for Hospitality Students
An alumna and longtime adviser of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s hospitality department has established a scholarship to benefit students pursuing careers in the same field.
The Diane L. Dorner Scholarship will benefit first- and second-year students in several of Penn College’s hospitality-related majors: culinary arts and systems, culinary arts technology, hospitality management, and business administration: sport and event management concentration.
Dorner graduated from Williamsport Area Community College, Penn College’s immediate predecessor, in 1979 with an associate degree in food and hospitality management. She is district manager for Carrols LLC, a Burger King franchisee that operates more than 700 restaurants in 16 states.
Last updated January 13, 2017 | Posted in Alumni, Baking, Pastry & Culinary Arts, Business & Hospitality, Business & Hospitality Management, Institutional Advancement, Scholarships | Leave a comment
Foundation’s Generosity Endows Scholarship, Creates Opportunity
A significant grant from the Tamaqua-based John E. Morgan Foundation will allow students from that area to enroll in Pennsylvania College of Technology’s distinctive “degrees that work.”
The nonprofit foundation’s $500,000 contribution establishes the John E. Morgan Scholarship, which will give first preference to graduates of Tamaqua Area High School who are pursuing “a degree that is not readily available from other institutions, at a comparable price, within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.”
Last updated January 11, 2017 | Posted in Architectural Technology, Art, Web Design & Interactive Media, Aviation, Baking, Pastry & Culinary Arts, Business & Hospitality, Construction & Design Technologies, Emergency Management, General Information, Health Information Technology, Health Sciences, Industrial Design, Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies, Institutional Advancement, Plastics & Polymer, Scholarships, Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications, Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies | Leave a comment
Penn College Announces Food Show Winners
Pennsylvania College of Technology has announced the winners of its annual Food Show, held Dec. 2 to display the artful work of students in hospitality-related majors.
The Chef Eugene Mattucci Best of Show Award was granted to Keegan D. Sonney, a baking and pastry arts student from Erie, for a festive “Flan in the Forest” plated dessert. The eye-catching plate comprised RumChata flan topped with cranberry gelee and served with a chocolate stick, shortbread cookie crumbles, cranberry-mint sauce, mushrooms and edible flowers.
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Baking/Pastry Students Mark Madigan Milestone in ‘Grand’ Fashion
Students in the baking and pastry arts major coordinated a grand buffet Saturday that served as a capstone to their associate degree and as a gesture of gratitude to those whose gifts support the applied-technology education provided by Penn College. For the students, the buffet is the final project in the Pastry Food Show and Buffet Presentations Concepts course. Taught by Todd M. Keeley, instructor of baking and pastry arts and culinary arts, the course incorporates skills learned throughout the students’ associate-degree education. In addition to carefully planning the presentation, each student produced edible centerpieces and a variety of decadent pastries. The event also celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Madigan Library, which opened to students in 2006. Invited guests included donors to the library and members of the college’s 1914 Society. “Whether a donation is turned into a book or a study carrel or an online resource, it becomes part of the brick and mortar of this building, a resource used innumerable times by a continuous array of students and faculty,” said Tracey Amey, library director, who joined President Davie Jane Gilmour in offering remarks to the guests. “I have the privilege of seeing your donations in action every day, and I offer a deep and heartfelt ‘Thank you.’”
Last updated December 7, 2016 | Posted in Baking, Pastry & Culinary Arts, Business & Hospitality, Events, Students | Leave a comment
Student’s Work Brings Branding Upgrade to On-Campus Venue
Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Le Jeune Patissier – translated “the young pastry chef” – recently employed new visual branding, courtesy of a graphic design student’s senior project work.
As a student, Breanne M. Chandler, who received a bachelor’s degree in graphic design from the college in May, was a regular customer at Le Jeune Patissier at the Market, an on-campus venue for baking and pastry arts students to learn about bakeshop production and managing a retail bakery.
“One day, I joked with Chef Charles (R. Niedermyer, instructor of baking and pastry arts, whose classes operate the Le Jeune Patissier sales) that he should have a customer punch card so students like me could earn free pastries,” Chandler said. “I told him that I would even design a card for him. At that time, my motivation for designing for Le Jeune Patissier at The Market was purely centered on my small college student wallet and my big appetite for sweets.”
Last updated December 6, 2016 | Posted in Art, Web Design & Interactive Media, Baking, Pastry & Culinary Arts, Business & Hospitality, Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications, Students | Leave a comment
Students Use Products From Local Farms in Cooking Contest
Five student teams from Pennsylvania College of Technology battled it out Oct. 8 at the Williamsport Growers Market, using the best ingredients – fresh and locally produced – to determine the best student chefs of the morning.
The two-man team of Cy C. Heller and R. Colby Janowitz were the top finishers in a tough competition. It was not the students’ first exposure to culinary competition. All are juniors and seniors in the culinary arts and systems bachelor-degree major, and several completed a capstone course, Culinary Competition and Skills Assessment, in the spring semester. All were out to produce a tasty, creative and visually appealing dish.
As teams set up in the morning, they received a bag with three required ingredients: Delmonico steak, shoulder bacon (also called cottage bacon) and ginger. In addition, they were required to use at least one of the following: honey, hemp seed oil, maple syrup or cheese. All of the ingredients were purchased from growers at the market.
Last updated October 21, 2016 | Posted in Baking, Pastry & Culinary Arts, Business & Hospitality, Students | Tagged as gallery | 4 Comments
‘PA Live!’ Broadcast Again Features College Guests
Chef Mary G. Trometter, assistant professor of hospitality management/culinary arts, accompanied student Katlyn J. Hackling, of Williamsport, on WBRE’s “PA Live!” broadcast on Wednesday. During the show, Hackling demonstrated pumpkin crepes with a fall squash filling and a pumpkin crepe dessert with sweet honey, cream cheese and fruit filling. Hackling is a senior in the culinary arts and systems major.
Last updated October 19, 2016 | Posted in Baking, Pastry & Culinary Arts, Business & Hospitality, Business & Hospitality Management, Faculty & Staff, Students | 2 Comments
Penn College Chef to Compete in PA Pork Producers Competition
Chef Richard J. McGlynn III, a member of the professional staff in Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Le Jeune Chef Restaurant, is set to compete against seven other Pennsylvania chefs at the 2016 Taste of Elegance. The event is sponsored by the Pennsylvania Pork Producers Council.
McGlynn, who earned a bachelor’s degree in culinary arts and systems from Penn College in 2013, is a sous chef in the college’s casual fine-dining restaurant. The facility serves as a learning lab for students in the college’s hospitality majors.
Last updated October 12, 2016 | Posted in Baking, Pastry & Culinary Arts, Business & Hospitality, Faculty & Staff | Leave a comment
Scholarship Awarded During Farm Reps’ Informational Visit
Representatives of Jones Dairy Farm, a 127-year-old family-owned-and-operated leader in all-natural breakfast sausage, visited campus Thursday to provide an educational session to students in hospitality-related majors and to recognize the 2016-17 recipient of the Jones Dairy Farm Culinary Scholarship, established by the company for Penn College students. The scholarship was awarded to Robert E. Wood, of Williamsport. Wood is a senior in the culinary arts and systems major and was selected for his active involvement in hospitality department events, many of which call for volunteers. During their visit, Joe Moore, territory sales manager for Jones Dairy Farm, and Kate Hunter, a food broker for Peak Sales & Marketing who earned degrees from Penn College in culinary arts technology and food and hospitality management in 2000, talked with students about the wide variety of food industry careers to which their degrees could lead. They also provided a sausage tasting and educated students about quality considerations in the making of sausage products.
Last updated October 6, 2016 | Posted in Alumni, Baking, Pastry & Culinary Arts, Business & Hospitality, Scholarships, Students | Leave a comment
Cooking Contest Brings Competitive Flavor to Growers Market
Check items off your grocery list at this weekend’s Williamsport Growers Market, and while there, watch senior Penn College culinary arts students compete in a cooking contest. The competition is the work of Chef Michael J. Ditchfield, instructor of hospitality management/culinary arts, who will provide each two-student team with a basket of ingredients – acquired from vendors at the market – that they must use. In addition, each team will be given $20 to purchase additional ingredients from the growers to complete their dish. Ditchfield expects the competition to be fierce. The action begins when ingredients are foraged around 8:30 a.m. One lucky shopper will be selected as the guest judge to help taste the competition plates at 11 a.m. There are no samples this year. Money used to purchase ingredients and for cash prizes to the top three teams are from funds donated to the Williamsport Growers Market in memory of Ditchfield’s wife, Mary. The Williamsport Growers Market is open every Saturday. All vendors feature products made or grown locally.
Last updated October 5, 2016 | Posted in Baking, Pastry & Culinary Arts, Business & Hospitality, Students | Leave a comment