SCCTC students travel to Italy, Greece
BY PAT FARNELLI
Wyoming County Press Examiner
A rare opportunity to sample Italian and Greek cuisine while exploring the countries and their culture highlighted a trip taken by culinary arts and food management students at the Susquehanna County Career and Technology Center.
The 20 aspiring chefs and foodies traveled to Rome, Vatican City, Sorrento, Pompeii, and Capri while in Italy, then took an overnight ferry to Greece, escorted by teacher Dave Dunster and guides from E&F Tours.
Doug Brooks of Dimock was one of the students on the tour, and said that he was most impressed by the Colosseum, but enjoyed the food in both countries, including lasagna, pizza, and gelato. A Greek pie made with feta cheese and spinach was one unfamiliar dish he enjoyed.
Dunster said, “Doug is very experimental. He balked at eggplant, but he ate snails (on a previous trip to France).”
The instructor noted that the trip, while not expressly designed as a culinary tour, offered many opportunities to learn about Italian and Greek foods. He said that the SCCTC chose this particular travel plan because of its value for the price. “A specialized trip for chefs or cuisine would have cost three times as much,” he said.
The students enjoyed exploring Rome and Vatican City with its impressive sculptures, architecture and paintings. The Colosseum impressed them with its venerable age.
In Pennsylvania, stadiums are built and then need to be torn down and reconstructed 10-20 years later. The Colosseum has lasted more than a thousand years.
Devon Greenwood, a 2013 graduate of Elk Lake, enjoyed the ruins of Pompeii, the victim of a volcano centuries ago.
After being ferried to Greece, they spent one night in Delphi and two in Athens.
Brooks, who graduated from Elk Lake in 2012 but is still considered an SCCTC student, lives on his family’s dairy farm and shows cows at the Harford Fair and the Kiwanis Wyoming County Fair.
Greenwood also shows dairy cows at the Harford Fair.
SCCTC Administrative Director Alice Davis said that this tour is offered to SCCTC students every other year. On the opposite years, the students can travel to London, Paris and Rome with the same travel group.
“These teachers really go above and beyond with activities, life skills, and experiences that enrich their lives in so may ways,” she said.
Parents were invited to go along on the trip, as well.
“The guided tour is a great balance, with an interesting mix of travel, culture, and fine dining,” Dunster said.
IN PHOTO: In the front row, from left, are Kennidy Finch, Kalie Murray, Kyla Mills, Briana Deacon, and Lindsey Shingler. In the back are Misty Finch, Kiersten Weldon, Devon Greenwood, Doug Brooks, Mr. David Dunster, Emily Swingle, Mr. Drake, Donna Drake, a Food Management teacher, and Tori Ackley.