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Students to Return to Williamsport Growers Market on Oct. 23


Students from Pennsylvania College of Technology will serve food samples made with fresh, local ingredients at the Williamsport Outdoor Growers Market on Oct. 23.

The students, all enrolled in the college’s Catering course, will offer cooking demonstrations and samples from 8 a.m. to noon. Student managers for the event are Michele D. Mierwald, of State College; Aimee M. Stout, of Middletown, N.Y.; and Amber R. Depew, of Butler.

Ingredients for the students’ demonstrations and samples are donated by vendors at the market.

The college’s Catering course visits the market annually for this “customer appreciation” event. Chef Michael J. Ditchfield, instructor of hospitality management/culinary arts, said it’s valuable for students to interact with food producers; to work with fresh, nutritious ingredients; and to receive feedback from the market visitors who try their food samples.

Although the class usually visits the market in September, the October visit will offer more space to set up since there will be a fewer vendors and experience working with later-season vegetables and products.

In addition to providing another venue for their cooking skills, the students also learn how to plan to cater off-site, which involves planning menus, ordering and organizing supplies, and assigning personnel. The Growers Market is one of several real-world events the class will cater during the fall semester.

Other students who will participate in the market are Skylar K. Burke, of Warriors Mark; Katelyn R. Ciavardini, of Sayre; Noah D. Deibler-Gorman, of Lewisburg; Andreas P. Incontro, of Alpine, N.J.; and Kevin W. Pysher, of East Stroudsburg.

The students will prepare food at the market from 8 a.m. to noon. The growers market is held at municipal parking lot G, bounded by Fifth, Hepburn and Pine streets and Little League Boulevard.

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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