MAYS LANDING — Twelve Academy of Culinary Arts students in chef educator Tree McCann’s centerpiece artistry class designed birdhouse centerpieces that represent a Historic Smithville business.

To create their birdhouses, the students used pastillage, a sugar-based dough used to create decorations for pastry, showpiece work and decorative molded forms.

“Tweeterville Village” is on display at the Smithville Inn in Galloway Township through mid-January. Other mediums the students worked with in the advanced baking class were tempered chocolate, sugar and marzipan.

“The Tweeterville project is a great way for the students to learn the processes behind designing a centerpiece for display," Dean Kelly McClay said. "Having the opportunity to meet with the shop owners and learn what motivated them to want their own business, what their perception is and how it plays out in the look of their store allows the student to not just see, but feel the commitment needed to have your own business.”

Students in the class are Anyssa Perez-Crooks of Barnegat Township, Alexandria Falciani of Hammonton, Emily Hood of Hammonton, Heather Fiorentino of West Deptford, Micah Conley of Cape May Court House, Sharon Maurer of Egg Harbor Township, Christian Soto of Atlantic City, Justin Fernandez of Lindenwold, Sandra Kleva of Washington Township, Isabella McLaughlin of Brigantine, Ashley Vassallo of Folsom and Kirsten Leaming of Elmer.

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