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Penn College Catering Students Return to Growers Market Oct. 25

Students in Pennsylvania College of Technology’s hospitality majors will cook and serve free samples to patrons of the Williamsport Growers Market on Saturday, Oct. 25.

The students will demonstrate their dishes – all made with ingredients donated by vendors at the market – and serve samples beginning at 8 a.m.

Students in the college’s Catering class visit the Growers Market every year as part of the market’s customer appreciation event. It provides a valuable learning opportunity, as the students practice planning a menu and ordering and organizing supplies for an off-site event, interacting directly with food producers while working with the freshest, most nutritious ingredients. All vendors at the Williamsport Growers Market must produce at least 80 percent of the products they sell.

Pennsylvania College of Technology culinary arts technology student Cassandra R. Brochu serves visitors at the Williamsport Growers Market in 2011.
Pennsylvania College of Technology culinary arts technology student Cassandra R. Brochu serves visitors at the Williamsport Growers Market in 2011.

In addition to the Growers Market, the Catering class has prepared food this fall at Oktoberfest in Millheim; at the Hunt Country Harvest Festival at Hunt Country Vineyards in Branchport, New York; and at a home football game in Penn State’s Beaver Stadium, where they worked with Chef Ken Stout and staff from the Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center.

The Williamsport Growers Market is open every Saturday. Products available in season include vegetables, fruits, meats, eggs, dairy products, baked goods, coffee, locally produced oil, dog biscuits, soils, pottery, bags and covers, children’s clothing, yarns, and honey.

Through November, the market operates in the parking lot between Hepburn and Pine streets and Little League Boulevard. From December to April, some vendors continue to sell at the outdoor location, while others move indoors to the Pajama Factory at Park Avenue and Rose Street.

The School of Business & Hospitality at Penn College is a longtime supporter of Pennsylvania’s Buy Fresh Buy Local initiative. The school’s Le Jeune Chef Restaurant, a learning lab for students in related majors, uses locally sourced products.

For more about the college, which is celebrating its Centennial throughout 2014, email the Admissions Office or call toll-free 800-367-9222.