BAKED GOODIES RISE AT THE HLC

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Posted Mon, Mar 10, 2014

ST. PATRICK'S DAY GOODIES: Black bottom cupcakes, Irish soda bread cookies and white chocolate lollipops. [Photo by Daniel Day]

ST. PATRICK’S DAY GOODIES: Black bottom cupcakes, Irish soda bread cookies and white chocolate lollipops. [Photo by Daniel Day]

DENVER, Auraria Campus – Dough is rising at the Metropolitan Grill as the Hotel Tourism and Event Department’s Baking and Pastry course adds sweet holiday bake sales to the savory lunch setting.

Highlighting the skills of the 16 students enrolled in the Baking and Pastry course, the Hospitality Learning Center’s student-run Metropolitan Grill is hosting seasonal bake sales. First, they presented Valentine’s Day goodies during the restaurant’s opening week. Most recently they featured king cakes for Marti Gras and next they will be cooking up sweet treats for St. Patrick’s Day.

King cakes were a hit on Fat Tuesday selling more than 25 miniature and at least five preordered full size king cakes. Those who found a baby figurine inside their cake can redeem it for a free entrée at The Metropolitan Grill.

“How else do you say it? Don’t eat the baby,” James ‘Jimi’ Webb said while joking with Chef David Beckwith about how to convey the Marti Gras promotion.

MARTI GRAS: King cakes were a hit on Fat Tuesdays bake sale.

MARTI GRAS: King cakes were a hit on Fat Tuesday’s bake sale. [Photo by Daniel Day]

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, students will be selling black bottom cupcakes, Irish soda bread cookies and white chocolate shamrock lollipops. Additionally, The Metropolitan Grill will have either corned beef with cabbage or lamb stew potpies as a holiday special.

“I would definitely go for the white chocolate lollipops, said Collette Marchesani, an Irish-Scot studying at MSU Denver. Her favorite Irish dish is Irish Stew, but she thinks corned beef with cabbage is “cheap.”

Unfortunate for Irish students, The Metropolitan Grill won’t be serving any Guinness or Irish whiskey this St. Patrick’s Day. If you’re looking to get your drink on to celebrate the holiday, check out the LoHi Irish Festival Saturday the 15th.

“I think it [St. Patrick’s Day] is probably one of the rowdiest true All-American holidays,” Beckwith said. “A great excuse to get really…” Surely, at least the Irish students know what he means.

The Metropolitan Grill recently opened to the public in February. It’s solely operated by students in the two Food Production and Service courses Monday thru Thursday. The Baking and Pastry course, taught by Beckwith, only meets on Mondays so wait staff students at the restaurant assist in conducting bake sales.

“I think it’s fantastic. I love that we’ve opened up to the public,” said Aaron Motsenbocker, one of Beckwith’s students. “I think the opportunities for the program and students to actually have real life experience is irreplaceable.” Motsenbocker, vice president of Think Tank and PHABS secretary is graduating this spring.

A CLOSER LOOK: Take your pick from the delightful selection of St. Patty's Day sweets.

A CLOSER LOOK: Take your pick from the delightful selection of St. Patty’s Day sweets. [Photo by Daniel Day]

Beckwith teaches a number of culinary arts courses at the HLC. Having 35 years of experience in the field, he has taught and prepared cuisine for many fine culinary establishments. In fact, Beckwith has taught at Starkey International Institute and has trained personnel who have gone on to work at the White House, the Vice President’s residence, Camp David, NORAD, West Point and Annapolis. He also taught at the Art Institute of Colorado for 12 years. As odd as it may seem, this Irish-Scot’s career might have arisen by avoiding washing dishes.

“I came from a very large family and as soon as you were tall enough to see the bottom of the pot, it was your job to cook,” Beckwith said. “I was real smart because I realized – eight kids, two parents and a border that if you cooked than you didn’t have to do dishes.”

For more info,  go to http://www.msudenver.edu/hospitality

SWEET TOOTH?
What: St. Patrick’s Day Bake Sale
Where: Hospitality Learning Center, 1190 Auraria Parkway Room #101
When: 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Mon. March 17th
Cost: Cupcakes, cookies and chocolate $1-$2
Phone: (303)-556-6824

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Daniel Day is a journalist currently studying at Metropolitan State University of Denver.

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