Mercyhurst Magazine Fall 2020

World’s biggest strudel?

will be completed Saturday morning. The strudel will contain 9,540 apples, a ton of pastry, 2,384 pounds of filling, and 100 pounds of powdered sugar. The ice-glazed delicacy will weigh about two-and-a-quarter tons and will yield 1,972,800 calories. The half mile of tasty pastry will be transported in two brand new tractor- trailer trucks from the college to the Erie International Airport early Saturday, complete with a police escort and helicopter. It will be set up in a huge “U” shape near the terminal runway. According to Donald L. Kelly, owner and general manager of Classy 100 FM, Mercyhurst was the natural choice when the station went shopping for its first birthday “cake.” “We’re working to become the best in our business,” he said, “and when we learned of Mercyhurst’s international reputation in the hotel restaurant management field, we knew we’d found the right combination.” Mercyhurst’s Hotel Restaurant Management department has attracted students from Pakistan, the Ivory Coast, England, Ireland, and West Germany, as well as from the continental United

States. Placement of graduates is about 100 percent, with 4.8 job offers per graduating student. “We admire Mercyhurst’s combination of the academic and the practical,” Kelly stated, “which reflects our attitude toward the broadcast business.” Coordinating the gigantic bake-off at Mercyhurst, in addition to Georger, were Paula Paschke, instructor; Kay Filipkowski, departmental assistant; and Gary Maas. Joe Blasco from the Erie County Department of Weights and Measures will be on hand at the air show to officially measure the strudel and to confirm Mercyhurst and Classy 100 as winners of a new Guinness world record. Epilogue: Hospitality Management Professor Daryl Georger, who helped create the record strudel, says Mercyhurst did achieve a Guinness record, but that its mark was eclipsed just a year later. Unfortunately, budget issues, liability concerns, and other factors prevented Mercyhurst from trying to reclaim the record. Georger is pictured above in the new hospitality facilities in the Center for Academic Engagement.

Story from Erie Times-News Weekender, Saturday, June 28, 1986

The Mercyhurst College Hotel Restaurant Management department and Classy 100 FM radio are cooking up the recipe for a world’s record long pastry: one half mile of apple strudel. Celebrating the Erie radio station’s first birthday, the gigantic apple-filled pastry is the sweet treat to be served starting Saturday at the Erie International air show to an estimated 31,680 dessert lovers. Classy 100 commissioned the creation by way of thanking the Erie community for a record-breaking first year as one of the nation’s fastest- growing radio stations. longest pastry record established by a Swedish bakers association in 1983. Daryl Georger, assistant chief of the college’s Hotel Restaurant Management department, said it’s the “ultimate culinary experience” for his Mercyhurst students. Mercyhurst College accepted the challenge to break the world’s The 2,640-foot-long pastry will eclipse the previous record by almost 65 percent. Some 24 chefs at Mercyhurst began baking Thursday and the pastry

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