Archive for September, 2012

Eatin’ local all month long

I think we all can agree that we’ve heard about the benefits of eating locally grown foods, especially in the recent years. If you need a refresher…

Some of the best benefits include*:

  1. The food tastes better.
  2. The food is more nutritious.
  3. Local eating encourages bio-diversity.
  4. Local eating supports local farm families.
  5. Local eating preserves open space.
  6. Local eating supports the local economy.
  7. Local eating protects the environment and benefits wildlife.

But is local eating available and affordable? The answer is yes! Not ALL of your food has to come from local sources, but making a conscious effort to purchase and eat 10 or even 5% of your foods and meals from local sources can make a significant impact.

Need help locating local foods? Visit to find farms near you!


Eat Local Challenge: September 25, 2012

@ BRB, Leutner, Fribley, and Tomlinson

Eat Local Challenge, or ELC, is a well-known event on the CWRU campus. However, what surprised me was just how recently the event got started.

Only 7 years ago in 2005, Bon Appétit issued an “Eat Local Challenge” to their chefs to make a meal completely from ingredients within a 150-mile radius of the chefs’ café. The chefs not only succeeded, but were able to create amazing and diverse meals. The tradition was continued every year thereafter.

In the present time, it is not that difficult to purchase produce, meats, and dairy products from local farms, with the help of CSAs, farmers’ markets, etc., but seafood remains a difficult food to find locally. For much of the continental US, it is much more difficult to come across a large body of water with ample fish to buy than a farm with a plethora of produce. Just think, can you identify your nearest local fishing operation?

This year, the BonAppétitManagementCompany will premiere its first-ever Eat Local (Fish) Challenge (ELC) in all 32 states in which Bon Appétit operates. Local seafood — caught or farmed within 500 miles — must be one of the ingredients of this year’s annual Eat Local Challenge.

On this ELC, September 25th 2012, CWRU’s Executive Chef at the BRB Café Dave Apthorpe will prepare the walleye fish seared with roasted Yukon Gold potatoes from Veggie Valley Farm and other seasonal vegetables from Rainbow Farms. Walleye, native to the US Great Lakes, is rated a “Good Alternative” for its sustainability by Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch program. Be there.

For more about the Challenge, visit:


Cleveland’s RIPE! Fest No 03 @ the Cleveland Botanical Gardens
Cleveland’s Best Bites, Brews and Tunes

Saturday, September 22 & Sunday, September 23
11:00 am – Sundown

Who remembers Cleveland’s RIPE! Fest? It’s that time of year again! In 2011, Maura, Keri, and I had so much fun perusing the booths, trying fresh delicious soft serve ice cream, and watching people come back to the Bon Appétit sample table… 3 or 4 times! 🙂 Don’t miss it this year, I know the three of us can’t wait! If you think freshly picked carrots or hot-out-of-the-oven pumpkin pie sounds tasty, you better hurry over because that’s just the beginning. The festival brings together local farms and restaurants, live music, a marketplace full of handmade goods, and even workshops about cooking and gardening. We hope to see you there!

Advance Tickets
$6/member adult; $4/member child
$11/non-member adult; $6/non-member child

At-the-Door Tickets
$8/member adult; $5/member child
$13/non-member adult; $7/non-member child

Learn more and buy tickets:



– Rachel


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Did you (freshmen) know these places to eat exist on campus?

What’s the best way to spend your Case Cash? On food, of course! In order to help you make tasty food choices we’ve put together a list of dining options on campus that you might have missed. Some are Case Cash friendly, some are meal swipe friendly, but all are convenient and delicious!


Subway (Case Cash)

Monday – Friday: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.

When you have a craving for something fresh, head to the basement of Tomlinson Hall for a sub of your choosing. With vegetarian options and a huge selection of toppings, it’s a fully customizable meal choice that you can feel good about.


Einstein’s (Case Cash)

Monday – Friday: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Need that first (or second, or third…) cup of coffee to get you going? Head to Einstein’s in Nord Atrium before or between classes. Not only do they offer pre-made sandwiches and fresh bagels, but they also have the best strawberry lemonade on campus!


Grab It (Meal Swipe)

Monday – Friday: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Visit the third floor of the Sears Building weekdays for a full meal that includes one entrée, three sides, and a drink. Even if you’ve already picked up lunch elsewhere on the quad, you can always Grab It and save it for later!


Bag It (Meal Swipe)

Monday – Friday: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Grab It’s new counterpart in Thwing Atrium offers a similar selection to Grab It, in an even quicker and easier format. Just select an entrée, a drink, and a pre-packaged selection of sides and you’re on your way. Perfect for between classes on Mather Quad or before an afternoon study session at KSL.


Cramelot (Case Cash)

Monday – Thursday: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Friday: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Sunday: 2 p.m. – 9 p.m.

We all know what it’s like to be stuck at the library for hours on end. When the vending machine just isn’t cutting it, head to the first floor of KSL for a sandwich, soup, or snack of your choosing. Don’t worry – they also brew Seattle’s Best Coffee to keep those eyelids from drooping!


Garden Café (Case Cash)

Tuesday – Saturday: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Sunday: 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Did you know the café at the Cleveland Botanical Gardens accepts Case Cash? Pick up a free student ticket from Access Services in Crawford Hall, tour the CBG’s amazing gardens, and then refuel with an array of local and artisanal food options.



Need more information about any of these locations? Visit our website to see weekly menus, special diet options, and new menu items.