WILLIAMSPORT, LYCOMING COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — A local college is using their culinary skills to support Little League teams during their stay for the World Series for the first time ever.
Students and chefs from the Pennsylvania College of Technology prepared food in their kitchens on campus then had it sent to the Little League compound for the teams.
During the 10-day Little League World Series, Penn Tech’s Le Jeune Chef Restaurant will serve more than 12,000 meals for players.
“Nashville hot chicken, we did a southwest-styled pulled pork lasagna, Chicago-styled pulled beef. Just tried to highlight some of the different regions that the teams might be coming from,” Le Jeune Chef Restaurant Executive Chef Chris Grove said.
More than 30 students and staff work around the clock to make the teams breakfast, lunch and dinner. Because of COVID restrictions, the meals had to be made on campus.
“We were able to rent some vehicles from other departments on campus and transport the food really effectively,” said Grove.
“Handling COVID is important but we’ve been doing it all along. We’ve been you know, cleaning and disinfecting, cleaning and sanitizing since we started,” said chef instructor Charles Niedermyer.
For many students, this was their first time catering for an event on such a large scale.
“Catering usually happens for a day or two depending on the event but to have a two-week-long operation was fantastic to see,” Penn Tech junior Cici Hawkins said.
One student from Williamsport remembers watching the World Series as a kid, making this experience unforgettable.
“Knowing that food brings people together and this has been a very tumultuous couple of years, it was nice to think you know we’re still trying to be involved in the community,” said Penn Tech senior Terveor Rosado.
The chefs say these last few days of the tournament are bittersweet but they are already looking forward to next year.