Wake Tech Culinary Students Build Houses for Charity

Santa Train

December 15th, 2009



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Santa Train
Santa Train
White-and-red-roofed Gingerbread House
Santa Train
Santa Train

Unique Gingerbread Creations Will Help Local Families in Need

RALEIGH, N.C. (December 17, 2009) - Students in Culinary Arts at Wake Technical Community College put their skills to good use, building gingerbread houses for a local charity. The students volunteered their time to create the intricate holiday showpieces for Triangle Family Services, a local non-profit that helps families in need. Triangle Family Services will auction them off at its annual fundraiser tonight. The Gingerbread House Gala is being held at the Umstead Hotel in Cary.

Seven students, working in teams, crafted three unique structures for the event:

  • A "Dr. Seuss' Who-ville House," by advanced students Lisa Bence and Sheila Arcangel;
  • A "White- and Red-Roofed Gingerbread House," by advanced students Justine Bridges and Dave Parker; and
  • A "Santa Train," by first-year students Sherry Bryant, Nicole Miller, and Karen Gray.

The edible sculptures are made of gingerbread, gum paste, and fondant, and the decorations are candies of all kinds. Students used mini-jaw breakers for Christmas lights, and red and white chewing gum for roof tiles. The trees are fondant-covered ice cream cones, complete with cherry Twizzler garlands, and the wreaths are made of apple gummies and red hots.

This is the third year Wake Tech students have created gingerbread houses for Triangle Family Services. In the past, a single Wake Tech entry brought in $600 to benefit local families in need.

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