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Drexel Students Create Gingerbread Mansion for Display at The Shops at Liberty Place

November 5, 2013

Students show off their tasty creation
(L-R) Students Chris Neal, Christine Luby and Marie Whitehead show off their final gingerbread creation, the Thomas Mansion in Fairmount Park

From its gumdrop shingles to its lollipop lampposts, a gingerbread house created by three Drexel University students is among the frosted versions of historic Fairmount Park sites created by local chefs for the Third Annual Gingerbread House Display.

Student Marie Whitehead preps the gingerbread doughThe gingerbread models will be on display in The Rotunda at The Shops at Liberty Place (1625 Chestnut St.) from Nov. 4 – 15. A ribbon-cutting ceremony and press event will take place Wednesday, Nov. 6 at 11 a.m., and will include complimentary gingerbread men from Brendenbeck’s Bakery for those in attendance.

The three undergraduate students – Christine Luby, a nutrition and foods major in the College of Nursing & Health Professions; Chris Neal, a construction management major in the Goodwin College of Professional Studies; and Marie Whitehead, a culinary arts major in Drexel's Center for Hospitality & Sport Management – combined their talents to create a replica of Fairmount Park’s Thomas Mansion, which was built in 1869 for George Clifford Thomas, an American golf course architect, botanist and author.

Christine Luby and Chris Neal put the finishing touches on the houseThe Drexel students joined renowned culinary artists such as Chef Gerald Drummond of STARR Restaurant Group, Chef Jessica Mogardo of Garces Catering and Chef Peter Scarola of R2L in creating cookie versions of Fairmount Park’s historic and popular sites, including Lemon Hill, Laurel Hill, the Please Touch Museum and Smith Memorial Playground.

The display is open to the public Monday – Saturday from 9:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. and Sunday from Noon – 6 p.m. After Nov. 15, the display will be moved to a separate space in Liberty Place until the 22nd.

Drexel announced the launch of its new Center for Hospitality and Sport Management in October. Formerly in the Goodwin College of Professional Studies, the freestanding Center includes programs in sport management, hospitality management, culinary arts and food science. It is headed up by Dr. Jonathan Deutsch, who previously directed Drexel’s hospitality, culinary and food science programs.

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