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Alvernia hosts Edible Book Festival

Date: 3/15/2011

Curling up with a good book to read is perfect on a rainy day, but with the recent sunny weather, Alvernia students decided to eat them instead.  On Tuesday, March 15 Alvernia students, faculty, and staff gathered at the Franco Library to take part in the fourth annual Edible Book Festival.

The challenge was to create an edible interpretation of a book or character from a book.  Every type of book was fair game, be it a children’s classic, detective novel, biography, fiction, non-fiction, poetry, or short story. Creators were able to use any type of food. Many of the book interpretations were cakes, but some of the simplest ideas had the best twist. This year’s contest had 15 entries.

“The Edible Book Festival is a very fun event that doesn’t have to be overly complicated, a lot of people put a lot of work into it,” said Curtis Datko, a librarian at Alvernia, “All contestants are to be commended for their hard work, whether they won or not.”

President and Mrs. Flynn accompanied two members of Alvernia’s food service team as judges for the festival. After the judging took place the edible books were eaten and prizes were awarded.

Overall Best in Show: Jessica Heller’s Band of Brothers
Best Visual: Sharon Neal’s Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet
Most Humorous: Curtis Datko’s Cannery Row
Most Appetizing: Aimee Gilmore’s Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
Most Creative & Original: Heidi Ziemer’s The Stinky Cheese Man
Most Literary: Emily Rabadi’s Catch 22

  • History: Established as a private four-year liberal arts college in 1958, Alvernia celebrated its 50th year by being awarded university status in 2008.
  • Heritage: Founded by the Bernardine Sisters, a Catholic religious order, the university embraces the Franciscan core values of service, humility, collegiality, contemplation and peacemaking.
  • Motto: “To Learn, To Love, To Serve”
  • Campus: The main campus in Reading is 121 acres, with two satellite campuses in Philadelphia and Pottsville (Schuylkill County).
  • Location: Our residential campus is situated three miles from center-city Reading, in the scenic Blue Mountain area of Eastern Pennsylvania.
  • Enrollment: 3,000 students attend Alvernia including 1,500 traditional undergraduates, 600 continuing education students, and 780 graduate students. Over 77% of first-year students live on campus.
  • Faculty: Our professors are accomplished scholars, experts in their fields, and supportive mentors. The student-to-faculty ratio is 14:1. Most classes are 20 students or fewer.
  • Athletics: NCAA Division III, member of the Commonwealth Conference of the Middle Atlantic States Athletic Corporation and member of Eastern College Athletic Conference, 8 men’s and 10 women’s intercollegiate sports.