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Shaler baker brings knowledge of baking lore to Taste of History at Fort Ligonier

| Sunday, June 21, 2015, 9:00 p.m.
Kim Stepinsky | for TRIB TOTAL MEDIA
(from left), Fort Ligonier Executive Director, Annie Urban, joins Carol Demi, of Greensburg, and board of trustees member, Joe Byers, at the Taste of History reception, held at Fort Ligonier on Friday evening, June 19, 2015.
Kim Stepinsky | for TRIB TOTAL MEDIA
Fort Ligonier staff, (from left), Mary Manges and Matt Gault, serve guests during at the Taste of History reception, held at Fort Ligonier on Friday evening, June 19, 2015.

Baker Ed Tutino received a warm welcome on June 19 at Fort Ligonier — and not only because he toiled all day in the heat and humidity at the wood-fired field ovens.

Guests who arrived that evening for the Taste of History reception gathered around a table manned by Ed and daughter Emma for a glimpse of their Colonial-era bakers' costumes, for Ed's extensive knowledge of old-time baking lore and, yes, for the tasty treats still warm from the ovens.

The table was laden with whole wheat and white fortress breads, apple tarts, Shrewsbury small cakes (think a dense snickerdoodle-like cookie flavored with clove, nutmeg and mace) and heavenly Cheshire pork and apple hand pies with a crust so light and flaky it fairly brought a tear to the eye.

It's easy to see why the Shaler baker is a regular at Taste of History.

Musicians Joe Golden and Pat Petrarca also returned to play their ear-pleasing brand of acoustic Americana music.

Executive Director Annie Urban reminded guests that the Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra will return to the fort on June 27 for the annual free outdoor concert. Noting the recent daily showers-and-thunderstorms forecast, she said nothing less than a downpour would cancel the program.

Seen:Joe Byers, Carol Demi, Dr. Bill Choby, George Shaner and Michael Philopena, Ron and Theresa Gay Rohall, Ralph and Virginia Bennett, Janet Riordan and Jerry Schultheis, David and Bridget Johnston, Mark and Antonina Sliwa andMatt and Julie Gault. Also, fort staffers Erica Nuckles, Taryn Ankney andCandace Gross greeting guests and Mary Manges and Matt Gault tending bar.

— Shirley McMarlin

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