Business Students Vie for Sweet Award

October 29, 2008

Update Dec. 10: Common Man patrons served up three awards to Saint Anselm business students, whose desserts were offered at the New Hampshire restaurants during the past month.

Saint Anselm’s Team Chocolate Moose tied for first in the fourth annual Common Man Apprentice Competition with Plymouth State University. The team’s Open Faced Ice Cream Sandwich garnered 396 orders, tying with a PSU confection that also won a first-place award.

Second prize went to Saint Anselm’s Team Love, which created the Scarlet Velvet Cake, and the Wholly Canoli placed third with their take on the canoli.

Prizes were awarded Dec. 9 at the Common Man Restaurant in Concord. As a top winner, Team Chocolate Moose received more than $350 in cash and prizes. Members of the team are (pictured above from left to right) Michael Barry, Pat Ryan, Israel Martinez, and Patrick McGoldrick.


October 29, 2008- Saint Anselm College business students are advancing to the finals of a sweet competition: the fourth annual Common Man Apprentice Competition.

On Oct. 20, Professor Tom Fitzpatrick’s marketing classes presented their delectable desserts to a panel of judges that included Common Man chefs and CEO Jason Lyon. The judges announced that Holy Cannoli, Scarlet Strawberry Cake, and Open Faced Ice Cream Sandwiches, will move into the final phase of competition, pitted against three PSU desserts and each other.

Photo Above: Team Chocolate Moose with Open Faced Ice Cream Sandwich

Team Piece of Cake including Mike Fantini, Nick Vecchia, Bill Davison, William Combes, and Cody Hudson won for their Holy Cannoli. Team Love, Michael Burke, Gwyn Hughs, Mike Murray, Chris Collins, and Katie Whatlen are moving forward with their Scarlet Strawberry Cake. Wild Card winner, team Chocolate Moose, won for their Open Faced Ice Cream Sandwich.

The Saint Anselm desserts were chosen for their presentation, taste, and appropriateness for the restaurant.

On Monday, Nov. 10, the six winning teams from both schools will see their creations on the Common Man’s dessert menu, replacing the regular menu in all five restaurants. The confection that garners the most sales from Nov. 10 through 24 wins a combination of cash and prizes worth up to $500. The Common Man will announce the winner in early December at a reception at the Common Man in Concord.

This Apprentice-style competition provides students at both schools with first hand experience in product development and marketing. Since the students were charged with the task of creating desserts for the Common Man restaurant, they needed to research, develop, test, and bake desserts appropriate to the restaurant’s style, operational demands and cost structure.

Photos Above:
Left- Team Piece of Cake with Holy Cannoli, Right-
Team Love with Scarlet Strawberry Cake

Photos courtesy of Erica Murphy, Common Man


2 Responses to “Business Students Vie for Sweet Award”

  1. Patrick McGoldrick on November 3rd, 2008 3:25 pm

    The team members for Team Chocolate Moose are (from left to right in the picture). Michael Barry, Pat Ryan, Israel Martinez, and Patrick McGoldrick.

  2. Patrick McGoldrick on December 11th, 2008 4:12 pm

    Team Chocolate Moose received exactly $300.00 in cash and prizes.

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