Skip to main content

Fall Food Show Winners Announced at Penn College

Pennsylvania College of Technology announced winners of its Fall Food Show, held Dec. 1 at the college.

Earning the Chef Eugene Mattucci Best of Show Award was the student duo of Ashley R. Potrzebowski, of Williamsport, and Kelsie F. Thomas, of Darby, for their “Beer & Pub Style Christmas” platter and charcuterie board. Their entry, completed as a final project for the Advanced Garde Manger course, included a salad of kale, dried cranberries and pecans with orange vinaigrette; haymarket pate en croute with sage-infused aspic; cured and smoked turkey breast; onion chutney; and beer cheese dip with garlic-butter pretzel bites. Both students are pursuing degrees in culinary arts technology.

The Best of Show recipient in Penn College’s Fall Food Show was prepared by students Kelsie F. Thomas (left), of Darby, and Ashley R. Potrzebowski, of Williamsport, as part of their Advanced Garde Manger course. They were tasked with creating a cold platter and charcuterie board.
The Best of Show recipient in Penn College’s Fall Food Show was prepared by students Kelsie F. Thomas (left), of Darby, and Ashley R. Potrzebowski, of Williamsport, as part of their Advanced Garde Manger course. They were tasked with creating a cold platter and charcuterie board.

The Food Show is hosted by the college’s School of Business & Hospitality to showcase the talents of its students, who presented final projects in the Advanced Garde Manger, Classical and Specialty Desserts Presentation, and Principles of Chocolate Works courses. In all, 37 entries were judged.

The Best of Show winner in Penn College’s Fall Food Show featured a salad, haymarket pate en croute, cured and smoked turkey breast, onion chutney, and beer and cheese dip with garlic-butter pretzel bites.
The Best of Show winner in Penn College’s Fall Food Show featured a salad, haymarket pate en croute, cured and smoked turkey breast, onion chutney, and beer and cheese dip with garlic-butter pretzel bites.

In addition, culinary arts students provided live cooking demonstrations, and students in the Hospitality Beverage Management Service and Controls course gave a mixology demonstration with a nonalcoholic coffee drink.

Judges for the event were Chef James Fry, Chef Heather Luse and Chef Kris Patterson. Luse and Patterson work for the Penn State Bakery. All three are members of the college’s Hospitality Advisory Committee.

Winners in each class and their hometowns are:

Advanced Garde Manger – First place: Thomas and Potrzebowski (who also received Best in Show); second place: Alyssa L. Casler, of Barnesville, and Kiesha M. Sheffer, of Eldred; third place: Jacob W. Parobek, of Seltzer, and Erik L. Perry Jr., of Waldorf, Maryland.

Classical and Specialty Dessert Presentation – First place: Somer A. Safford, of Port Allegany; second place: Sarah A. Waclo, of York; third place: Bethany R. Taylor, of Moosic; honorable mention: Amber A. Kreitzer, of Port Trevorton.

Principles of Chocolate Works – First place: Erica L. Breski, of Harrisburg; second place: Rachel A. Henninger, of Bellefonte; third place: Amber A. Kreitzer, of Port Trevorton; honorable mention: Kiesha M. Sheffer, of Eldred.

Penn College offers hospitality-related associate degrees in baking and pastry arts, culinary arts technology and hospitality management. Its bachelor’s degree offerings include culinary arts and systems, business administration: sport and event management, and applied management.

To learn more about hospitality majors at Penn College, call 570-327-4505.

For information about Penn College, a national leader in applied technology education and workforce development, email the Admissions Office or call toll-free 800-367-9222.

– Photos by Jennifer A. Cline, writer/magazine editor

 

Subscribe to PCToday Daily Email.

Related Stories

Thanks to a helpful lift from Dad, a boy gets a better look at the laser burning his name onto a souvenir keychain.
Baking, Pastry & Culinary Arts

‘F’ as in farm … and food … and freebies … and future careers!

Read more
Darren J. Layre, a 2015 Pennsylvania College of Technology alumnus in culinary arts & systems and culinary arts technology, works with 2018 baking & pastry arts graduate Olivia M. Lunger at the 2019 Pennsylvania Farm Show. Layre will be among the successful alumni returning to the Farm Show stage in Harrisburg this month for the state’s 107th annual agricultural exposition. (Photo by Davey Rudy, PA Preferred)
Baking, Pastry & Culinary Arts

Penn College prepped to again engage Farm Show attendees

Read more
The brains behind this year’s Professional Coffee & Conversation (from left): Andrew M. Snyder, Jacob R. Wagner, Alicia M. Wyland and Corey J. Blackwell. All four are majoring in business administration: sport & event management.
Business & Hospitality

It’s not just talk, as students take event from idea to implementation

Read more