On Dec. 7, Pennsylvania College of Technology will host its annual chocolate house auction to benefit Greater Lycoming Habitat for Humanity.
Each year, students taking the course Principles of Chocolate Works spend the final weeks of the fall semester building chocolate structures that will be sold in silent auction at the School of Hospitality’s Food Show.
This year, the theme for the chocolate houses is “For Greater Williamsport” with students’ creations modeled after local landmarks.
“We are proud to be a part of this chocolate house auction with Penn College once again,” said Bob Hickox, Habitat’s executive director. “All monies raised will go into building three new homes for selected and qualified families in Lycoming County. Those families in turn will give back to the community by paying their 0-percent mortgages, which will go right back into building more homes in our region.”
The chocolate house auction is part of the School of Hospitality’s annual Food Show. In addition to chocolate houses, the show features the final projects of students enrolled in Advanced Garde Manger, Advanced Patisserie Operations, Artistic Buffet Decoration, Cakes and Decorations, Classical Cuisines of the World, and Classical and Specialty Desserts courses.
The displays range from hors d’oeuvres and ice sculptures to plated desserts and wedding cakes, all artistically presented for judging by hospitality professionals from across the region.
The Food Show is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., during which silent bids for the chocolate houses are taken. Winning bids will be revealed at 1 p.m.
At 1:15 p.m., a live auction of student-created holiday treats, including decorated cakes, candy-filled chocolate boxes and cookie trays, will add funds to the donation to Habitat for Humanity. Scott Younkin, of Linden, will conduct the auction. The event will take place in the Thompson Professional Development Center’s Mountain Laurel Room.
Local landmarks to be recreated in chocolate:
- Genetti Hotel, by Shannon L. Barr, of Williamsport
- A Victorian house, by Cody J. Baum, of Reading
- Penn College’s Schneebeli Earth Science Center, by Amanda J. Bickel, of Northumberland
- New YMCA, by Rebecca J. Boyer, of Northumberland
- James V. Brown Library, by Mary Ellen Cerra, of Stroudsburg
- Williamsport Regional Medical Center, by Hillary L. Dyson, of Great Mills, Md.
- Habitat for Humanity home, by Krista M. Fields, of Reading
- Thomas T. Taber Museum, by Lisa M. Hojnacki, of Downingtown
- Cinema Center, by Danica C. Mazzotta, of Tyrone
- Penn College’s Roger and Peggy Madigan Library, by Alisha M. Miley, of State College
- Little League Museum, by Lauren C. Rich, of Albrightsville
- Trinity Episcopal Church, by Megan E. Spencer, of Trumbauersville
- First National Bank, by Cameron J. Stewart, of Walworth, N.Y.
- A Christmas home, by Nadeia Stokes, of Williamsport
- Wegmans, by Abby Wasiakowski, of Mountain Top
To learn more about the academic programs offered by the School of Hospitality at Penn College, call 570-327-4505.