Culinary Students Carve Ice for Groundhog Day Celebration

Posted on 2/9/2010 3:53:53 PM
Ice Carving Club display of Punxsutawney Phill

“Six more weeks of winter.” And the IUP Academy of Culinary Arts Ice Carving Club approves!

On Monday, February 1, 2010, the Academy of Culinary Arts hosted Punxsutawney’s sixth annual Chili and Wing Cook-off. In honor of this event and Groundhog Day, culinary students who are members of the IUP Academy of Culinary Arts Ice Carving Club spent two Saturdays working on special carvings to display in and around the academy and downtown Punxsutawney. Created from multiple blocks of ice, these carvings looked spectacular when finally assembled.

An icy display of top hats and canes held high on a celebration wave was placed downtown in front of IUP’s Fairman Centre. A “hot chili pepper” carving graced the inside of the academy building while serving as a fun mascot for a jalapeno pepper eating contest held during the cook-off event.

Outside the academy, the main display featured Punxsutawney Phil emerging from Gobbler’s Knob to greet his visitors. On Phil’s right side, representing six more weeks of winter, are six ice pillars holding finely detailed snowflakes. To Phil’s left, six daisy-topped ice pillars represent an early spring prognostication.

The Ice Carving Club is a student organization sponsored by the IUP Academy of Culinary Arts. Culinary students carve ice monthly during the school year. IUP provides all equipment and ice; Culinary Arts faculty member Martha J. Rupert serves as the Ice Carving Club advisor. The club was first organized in 1992 by Culinary Arts alumnus Jeremy Critchfield ’93. The academy is one of a limited number of culinary schools to offer ice carving instruction.

The IUP Academy of Culinary Arts was opened in 1989 and is fully accredited by the American Culinary Federation. The academy’s programs are recognized nationally for high quality, and graduates are working in four- and five-diamond resorts and restaurants all across the nation.

Come visit Punxsutawney soon, and look around town for the IUP Academy of Culinary Arts Ice Carving Club’s next carving demonstration and display for Valentine’s weekend!

Ice Carving Club display on Groundhog Day