Staff in Event and Conference Services showed their sweet side Monday, October 17 by hosting their first ever Dessert-Off in the University Union’s Loch Raven room. In celebration of National Dessert Month, staff members were invited to make their best dessert recipe and bring it in to be ranked by Auxiliary Services judges including Associate Vice President Joe Oster, Catering Director Rod Petrocci and Executive Chef Chris Shoul. According to Joe, the competition was fierce.
“We scored five points for presentation and ten points for taste, with points off for dishes that didn’t have the right utensils,” Joe said. “It was close enough that the one point could throw someone out of the running.”
In total, ten staff members entered the competition with baked goods ranging from maple french toast and bacon cupcakes to chocolate swirl bundt cake with a nutty topping. Awards were given for the top three contenders—Krystle Ongaco won third place for her salty caramel apple pie; Beth Walsh received a second place ribbon for her “Get Lucky” cheesecake; and Pam Mathias took home the top prize for her peanut butter pie.
“We took the competition seriously, so we were all happy to have the bragging rights,” Beth said. “When you have the Executive Chef tasting your food, the pressure is on!”
After the competition was over, Event & Conference Services invited all the other employees in the Union to partake in the leftovers, and staff stayed to chat with their colleagues and debate their take on the best dishes.
“It was a really fun team building activity,” Joe said. “It’s nice to see our department having fun together.”
For copies of the winning recipes, e-mail Beth Walsh at firstname.lastname@example.org.