Gingerbread houses made by MATC baking students on display at Milwaukee Public Market Dec. 4-15

December 10, 2015

16013657642_f32b5b1c86Approximately 35 elaborate and fanciful gingerbread houses created by students from the baking and pastry arts associate degree program and the baking production diploma program at Milwaukee Area Technical College will be on display from Friday, Dec. 4, through Tuesday, Dec. 15, at Milwaukee Public Market, 400 N. Water St. The public is encouraged to view and bid on the houses. Proceeds from silent auctions for each house will be used to offer scholarships to students in baking and pastry arts programs through the MATC Foundation, Inc.

Industry professionals will judge the houses for design and quality. Visitors are also invited to vote for the “people’s choice” scholarship winner. Scholarship awards will be presented to the winners of the competition at a ceremony beginning at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec.15. Results of the silent auctions also will be announced at the ceremony, and auction winners may take the houses with them that evening.

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 Rich Busalacchi at (414) 297-6969.

In a related activity, the public is invited to build their own gingerbread houses Sunday, Dec. 6, at 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 1 p.m. or 2:30 p.m. at Milwaukee Public Market. A fee of $30 per house includes all materials. Students and faculty from MATC’s baking programs and members of the American Institute of Wine and Food will be on hand to assist guests. Net proceeds are used for MATC scholarships. Contact Mike Sargent at (414) 803-3164 or for reservations.