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Penn College Students to Cook for Crowds at Kentucky Derby

A group of Pennsylvania College of Technology students will help to serve thousands of hungry horse-racing fans at the 2011 Kentucky Derby on May 7.

The students were interviewed on the Penn College campus and selected by Levy Restaurants representatives. Levy is responsible for food operations at many sports arenas and entertainment venues across the United States.

“Churchill Downs hosts hundreds of thousands of guests during Kentucky Derby week,” said Fred Becker, dean of hospitality at Penn College. “As a result, our students have an opportunity to experience hospitality service at its highest level.”

The students, who will be accompanied by Layne E. Eggers, assistant dean of hospitality, will help to staff Churchill Downs’ central kitchen, preparing food for guests in corporate and private guest suites at the Derby. Some have been selected to help serve guests at Dawn at the Downs, a Louisville tradition during which visitors enjoy breakfast in the Downs’ “Millionaires Row” section while watching the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks contenders conduct morning workouts.

The students will prepare such dishes as grilled king salmon with shallots, garlic and rosemary; carved, fire-roasted pork loin with pineapple and dried cherry relish; and Southern spicy barbecue ribs with habanera Jack Daniels barbecue sauce.

Students hired for the Kentucky Derby are studying culinary arts, culinary arts and systems, or baking and pastry arts.

The students and their hometowns are: Crystal L. Butler, of Williamsport; Arthur H. Byra, of East Stroudsburg; Heather N. Ferguson, of Northumberland; Ana-Maria Grigore, of Saylorsburg; Adam J. Hall, of Troy; Christopher J. Harris, of Bloomsburg; Brittanie M. Lenig, of Shermans Dale; Mary E. Nicholis, of Lock Haven; Lewis D. Robinson, of Bellefonte; Marco G. Romano, of Danville; Bryan A. Sharp, of Souderton; Stephanie M. Sinclair, of Lake Ariel; Terri A. Smith, of Hatfield; Angela J. Snyder, of Lock Haven; and Kristina M. Wisneski, of Whitehall.

To learn more about the academic programs offered by the School of Hospitality at Penn College, call 570-327-4505 or visit online .

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