December 4, 2012

Owens Community College Students Showcase Baking and Pastry Talents Through Delectable Desserts

PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, Ohio – Area residents recently were invited to experience an array of amazing foods ranging from chocolate truffles to candy cane bark at the Owens Community College Terrace View Café as students within the Culinary Arts Program’s Baking and Pastry II class presented “An Evening of Chocolate” during a themed dessert buffet event.

The Baking and Pastry II class opened the College’s student-run Terrace View Café to the public as attendees enjoyed the opportunity to partake of Parisian macaroon cookies, chocolate cake pops, candy cane bark, hazelnut ice cream with brownie, white chocolate pistachio cookies, an assortment of chocolate truffles and chocolate with dipping pretzels, marsh mellow and strawberries. Owens’ restaurant is coordinated by the Food, Nutrition and Hospitality Department.

Owens students showcasing their talents were Shelbie Pinkelman of Metamora, Jerilyn St. Clair of Swanton, Amber Simmet of Delphos and Linzy Packard of Bowling Green. The Baking and Pastry II class is taught by Owens Food, Nutrition and Hospitality Instructor Kelly Wolfe.

The Baking and Pastry II class is designed to provide students with experiential learning related to fundamental baking techniques, food science and sensory perception as frameworks, among other academic areas. Classroom instruction includes the examination of taste, baking and pastry techniques, ingredients and spices, as well as academic curriculum that builds on previous educational learning in such areas as recipe research, recipe production for consumption, recipe evaluation and cost analysis.

Owens Culinary Arts Program provides students with the skills and knowledge necessary for a career in the rapidly growing culinary arts industry. Both the associate’s degree and certificate prepares students for food preparation positions in restaurants, hotels, health care facilities, resorts and country clubs.

In addition to Culinary Arts, the College offers an associate’s degree in Hospitality Management. As part of the program, students are provided with the skills and educational curriculum for a successful career in the diverse areas of hospitality management. Owens’ Hospitality Management Program prepares students for management and supervisory positions in hotels, restaurants, resorts and institutions.

Owens’ Department of Food, Nutrition and Hospitality also offers a three-semester Baking and Pastry Certificate Program for those individuals interested in becoming a professional baker or pastry chef.

Owens Community College is an accredited two-year, state-assisted institution of higher education that has served Northwest Ohio since 1965. With a commitment to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability, the College serves the diverse academic needs of credit and non-credit students on the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, as well as at the Arrowhead Park Learning Center in Maumee and the Learning Center at The Source in downtown Toledo. Owens offers associate degrees that transfer to baccalaureate degrees in the Arts and Sciences and over 130 technical program areas in Agriculture, Business, Health Sciences, Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Skilled Trades, and Engineering and Transportation Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bachelor’s degree with a smooth transfer to any area four-year college or university. For more information, visit

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