Bake the Night Away is an annual all-night baking marathon to thank the members of the Delaware community that work to keep us safe. The cookies are given to every member of of Delaware's law enforcement community as a token of thanks for their commitment to providing a safe community. This year, several fire stations throughout New Castle County will have fresh-baked cookies delivered, as well.
'Bake the Night Away' is in its 6th year and is made successful with the help of ‘Volunteer Delaware’, ChickFilA, Dom’s Pizza, Rotary Club of Kent/Sussex, the students of Brandywine Springs Middle School and many, many friends and supporters. In attendance for the baking were members of the family of fallen officer, Joe Szcerba.
The baking began at 6pm and went until the cookies were distributed throughout the state at 7am on Saturday.
The Cooks and Bakers 11th Annual Great Gingerbread House Construction Tour
Each winter, the Cooks and Bakers take their show on the road and this year is no exception. Because of the great fun we have had last few years, the Dental Assisting students will again join the Cooks and Bakers to share their message.
There is never a charge for any of the Cooks and Bakers events. However, in the spirit of holiday giving and ensuring that everybody has a pleasant season, we ask that participants bring along non-perishable food items to benefit the Food Bank of Delaware.
The Tour is generously sponsored by Kenny Family ShopRite, Simon & Schuster Publishers, HyPoint Farms
The 2013 tour locations are:
New Castle Library
New stops this year: ChickFilA in Elkton, Md & the Bear Library
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Serving Up Holiday Cheer with Gingerbread and Hot Chocolate
We may be heading into the holiday season.
But for the kids in the Culinary Arts program at Delcastle Technical High School in Wilmington, Delaware, it's time to launch a major construction project.
What are they building?
Gingerbread houses lots and lots of gingerbread houses.
The kids are members of Delcastle's Cooks and Bakers club.
Every year, at this time of year, they pack up their culinary equipment and their edible supplies and take them on the road to libraries, hospitals and elementary schools across New Castle County.
It's called the Great Gingerbread House Construction Tour.
The club members help the younger kids make gingerbread houses, chocolate-covered marshmallow snowmen and other fun food for the holidays.
According to chef instructor James Berman, they built more than 1,000 gingerbread houses last year.
They also show the kids how to make chocolate play dough and serve up hot chocolate, to help wash down all the other treats.
"There is a lot that goes into planning the events, but it is so worth it," said club member Sara Davis. "Everybody has a great time. And seeing the piles of candy, hearing the kids and seeing families spend time together as a result of our work really is what the holidays are all about."
"The Gingerbread House events are awesome!" said another club member, Kayla Demonia. "To see all of the smiling faces just make me feel great and appreciated."
Admission to the Great Gingerbread House Construction Tour is free.
But the Cooks and Bakers club asks that people bring donations of non-perishable food for the Food Bank of Delaware.
Once gingerbread season is over, the Cooks and Bakers club will get going on its next big project its annual Edible Celebration of Dr. Seuss' birthday, on March 2nd.
The kids also cater fundraising events for community organizations.
But right now, for Ashley Anton and all the other Cooks and Bakers, it's all about the gingerbread.
"To watch so many kids walk into these huge rooms with eyes and arms open wide to learn and have fun makes me feel like I serve my community well," Ashley said.
Students as Leaders... Students as support to the community!
A Taste For Art benefits "Children and Families First" and is held annually at Greenville Country Club. This year, the theme played on various regional cuisines. The Cooks and Bakers prepared seasonal selections from New England, including Magic Hat Brewery Clam Fritters with Corn Cream Sauce, Maine Lobster & Cabot Cheddar Potato Soufflé, and Vermont Maple Syrup Poached Apple Tartlets.