Milwaukee Area Technical College
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Gingerbread Creations Made by MATC Baking & Pastry Arts Students on Display at Milwaukee Public Market Dec. 2-13

Baking industry professionals will judge all entries for design and quality.

By - Nov 20th, 2017 10:49 am
Gingerbread Tiki Bar. Photo by Joey Grihalva.

Gingerbread Tiki Bar. Photo by Joey Grihalva.

MILWAUKEE (Nov. 17, 2017) – Milwaukee Area Technical College’s annual gingerbread house competition and public display includes a new twist this year. In addition to 31 elaborate traditional gingerbread house entries, there will be three replicas of the new Milwaukee Bucks arena and four of the Milwaukee Brewers’ Miller Park stadium as part of a new “Gingerbread Pro” partnership. All entries will be created by MATC’s baking and pastry arts associate degree and baking production diploma program students. They will be on display from Saturday, Dec. 2, through Wednesday, Dec. 13, at the Milwaukee Public Market, 400 N. Water St.

The public is encouraged to view and bid on the creations. Proceeds from silent auctions for each entry will be used to offer scholarships to students in baking programs through the MATC Foundation, Inc.

Baking industry professionals will judge all entries for design and quality. Representatives of the Milwaukee Bucks, Milwaukee Brewers and Eppstein Uhen Architects President Rich Tennessen, whose firm is the lead local architect for both Miller Park and the new Wisconsin Entertainment and Sports Center, also will weigh in on judging the replicas of their structures. The Brewers Community Foundation and the Milwaukee Bucks have donated funds to the MATC Foundation’s scholarship program as part of this new partnership.

Visitors are invited to vote for the “people’s choice” scholarship winner in the traditional gingerbread house competition and also in the Gingerbread Pro competition. A reception for contestants and their families will begin at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec.13, at the Milwaukee Public Market; awards will be announced at 6:30 p.m.  Results of the silent auctions also will be announced at the ceremony. Auction winners may take the houses with them that evening. The Wisconsin Bakers Association provides $1,500 in prizes and certificates for the winners.

The market is open weekdays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, call Cheryl Miranda at (414) 297-6972.

Wisconsin’s largest technical college and the most diverse two-year institution in the Midwest, Milwaukee Area Technical College is a key driver of southeastern Wisconsin’s economy and has provided innovative education in the region since 1912. Approximately 37,000 students per year attend the college’s four campuses and community-based sites or learn online. MATC offers affordable and accessible education and training opportunities that empower and transform lives in the community. The college offers 200 academic programs; transfer options leading to bachelor’s degrees with 50 four-year colleges and universities; and a Pre-College Education division that assists people to complete high school, prepare for college or enter the workforce. Overwhelmingly, MATC graduates build careers and businesses in southeastern Wisconsin. The college is accredited through the Higher Learning Commission, the national standard for academics and student services.

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