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South Hills School Celebrates Culinary Week with Food Show

by on July 16, 2014 3:21 PM

From live cooking demonstrations to wood fired pizza and bread to locally grown organic produce – that's what the Food Show at South Hills School of Business & Technology offered throughout Wednesday.

The event is part of the Central Pennsylvania Convention and Visitor's Bureau's "Happy Valley Culinary Week," which celebrates the art of cooking, local foods and the chefs who prepare them.

The event started at noon on the school's lawn in the 400 block of Waupelani Drive and continues until 6 p.m.

Jeff Stachowski, spokesperson for South Hills, says the new event has proved to be popular with roughly 200 people stopping by in the first two hours, so it's likely it will become an annual show.

Stachowski says the show gives farmer's market vendors a chance to meet new customers and customers a chance to be exposed to local growers.

"It gives them an opportunity to see new faces, so it's worked out nicely," says Stachowski.

Tony Sapia, owner of Gemelli Bakers, was on hand with a wood fired oven to create Moroccan Delight Pizza, featuring ricotta cheese, dukkah spice, cinnamon, coriander, and oregano with a sweet carrot top pesto.

Sapia says events like the Food Show have a special benefit.

"We're increasing awareness within the community of using local ingredients and how to use them," says Sapia. "And it gives us a way to be connected with our guests."

Along with the vendors, several local chefs conducted live cooking seminars, including chefs from Harrison's Wine Grill & Catering, Gigi's Restaurant and Wine Lounge, Faccia Luna, Hoag's Catering, Hogs Galore Catering, Rotelli.

Many of the chefs also teach "edu-tainment classes" at South Hills' Knowledge Café, which offers various cooking courses to the public.

"State College, just by its very nature, has a thirst for knowledge and a thirst for new things to do, so what the Knowledge Café does is give people an alternative," says Stachowski.

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Jennifer Miller is a reporter for StateCollege.com. She has worked in journalism since 2005. She's covered news at the local, state and national level with an emphasis on crime and local government.
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