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Lewis House of Baking returns for second year

| Friday, February 28, 2020

Lewis Hall will be hosting its second rendition of its signature event “Lewis House of Baking” (LHOB) on Friday from 9:30 p.m to 12:30 a.m. In its second year, LHOB was created in an attempt to replicate the success of Lewis’ other signature event “Lewis Hall of Pancakes” (LHOP) which occurs in the fall semester. Unlike their more well-known event LHOP, which features a number of different breakfast foods spread among the floors of Lewis Hall, LHOB focuses on supplying the members of the Notre Dame community with an assortment of desserts.

“We originally had two signature events, LHOP and another, much less popular event that had very little participation, so we wanted to switch to an event that would gain more campus attraction and raise more money, ultimately settling on LHOB,” said junior Jasmine Mrozek, co-commissioner of the event.

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Seniors Madelyn Marquardt and Margaret Swiecicki prepare for Lewis House of Baking in 2019.

Last year’s event drew hundreds of students to Lewis Hall and raised over $1,000 in the process. 

“The turnout was around 400 students last year, a very nice turnout for the inaugural event. We are hoping for a similar showing this year,” sophomore, co-commissioner Isabel Snee said.

The event will remain mostly unchanged from last year, with a number of different desserts being served around the dorm.

We wanted to attract the same kind of people interested in LHOP, so we decided it was for the best if we didn’t change anything up too drastically,” Snee said.

The selection of desserts was tweaked slightly, as Rice Krispie treats and ice cream floats were done away with and the Midwest favorite puppy chow was added.

“The Rice Krispie treats were not as popular as we hoped and the ice cream floats were just too messy. I heard puppy chow was popular in the Midwest, so I thought it would be a good idea to add it to the menu,” Mrozek said. 

Alongside the chocolate snack, the Lewis Chicks will also be serving up cookies, brownies, cinnamon rolls and ice cream, with a number of gluten free options as well. 

The event’s price has increased from $3 to $5 this year, but the all-you-can-eat aspect has remained unchanged, allowing students to eat as many pastries and sweets as they can for a paltry sum. 

Hopefully if we bring in more people this year, we can hit our goal of raising $1,500 for St. Margaret’s house,Mrozek said.

The event’s donut eating competition, which pitted representatives from each dorm against each other in a battle of stomachs, will not be held this year. 

The event donates all of its proceeds to St. Margaret’s House, an organization focused on improving the lives of impoverished women and children in the South Bend area.

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