Academy of Culinary Arts students in Chef Educator Tree McCann’s Centerpiece Artistry Class worked on several projects during their final class, including designing birdhouse centerpieces that each represent a Historic Smithville business. The students had to make pastillage to create their birdhouses, which is a sugar-based dough used in decorating and creating decorations for pastry, showpiece work and decorative molded forms. “Tweeterville Village” was displayed at the Smithville Inn, Dec. 18 through Jan. 1. Other mediums the students worked with in the advanced baking class were tempered chocolate, sugar and marzipan.
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