Archive for October, 2012

Happy Food Day!

 

It should come as no surprise that we love food at Bon Appétit. You might not know, however, that every year we participate in a nationwide celebration to promote healthier and more sustainable food practices. Food Day is a tradition focused on furthering five main principles:

– Promoting safer, healthier diets
– Supporting sustainable and organic farms
– Reducing hunger
– Reforming factory farms to protect the environment
– Supporting fair working conditions for food and farmworkers*

Though officially Food Day happened yesterday, CWRU is celebrating today with a number of events, both hosted by BA and by other organizations like the Student Dietetic Association. Not only will these events include free food, a raffle from the Student Sustainability Council, and lots of fun, but you can also get extra credit for MATH 121, MATH 122, CHEM 105, and CHEM 113! Check out tonight’s events below.

– Food Day Panel with BA Dietician Dayna Einheit, 5 pm at Leutner

– Cooking Demo Hosted by BA Chef David Whiteside, 6 pm at The Spot

– Zumba with 1-2-1 Fitness, 7 pm at The Spot

– Jeopardy and Origami with SDA, 8 pm in the Wade Pioneer Room

*From the Food Day website. Visit to learn more about the food movement 🙂

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Bon Appétit Turns 25!

Did you know Bon Appétit Management Company, founded in 1987, just turned 25 years old on Thursday October 18th? Big day!

I actually just turned 24 about a month ago, so Bon Appétit, I can slightly relate to your quarter-century life milestone J. It is truly amazing to see what Bon Appétit has accomplished over the past 25 years. Let’s take a little trip down memory lane…

  • 2012: First to commit to pork raised without gestation crates
  • 2011: First to bake with Fair Trade chocolate companywide
  • 2009: First to address farmworker rights
  • 2007: First to tackle food and climate change
  • 2005: First to switch to cage-free eggs
  • 2003: First to address antibiotics in the meat supply
  • 2002: First to serve only rBGH-free dairy
  • 2002: First to commit to Seafood Watch guidelines
  • 1999: First to support local small farmers, fishers, and artisans
  • 1987: First to use only whole, fresh ingredients
  • 1987: Founded

Just because I like to brag about Bon Appétit here is a list of their national awards – what an accomplishment in such a short time!

  • CEO Fedele Bauccio honored with Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Association of Culinary Professionals, 2012
  • Fedele wins Sustainability Pathfinder Award from Chefs Collaborative, 2011
  • Fedele wins inaugural Leadership Award from the James Beard Foundation, 2011
  • Industry leader recognition in Environmental Defense Fund’s Innovations Review 2009
  • CEO Fedele Bauccio named Business Leader in Natural Resources Defense Council’s inaugural Going Green Awards, in 2009
  • Nation’s Restaurant News Innovator Award for CEO Fedele Bauccio
  • Food Alliance “Keeper of the Vision” award for excellence in sustainable food service
  • CEO Fedele Bauccio and Bon Appétit Management Company Foundation Director Helene York named Seafood Champions by Seafood Choices Alliance
  • The Humane Society of the United States Award for Excellence in Food Service
  • Several times named #1 College Food Service in the Country by the Princeton Review
  • Ecological Society of America’s Corporate Award for ethical business practices
  • SAMCEDA’s Award of Excellence for service to the community
  • Portland Sustainable Development Office’s BEST Award
  • BEST Award for Sustainable Food Systems
  • “Most Vegetarian-conscious Ball Park” and “Most Vegetarian- and Earth-Friendly Corporate Café” from PETA
  • CEO Fedele Bauccio received the FCSI Trendsetter Award
  • William D. Littleford Award for Corporate Public Service
  • “Golden Dumpster Award” from the City of San Francisco for achievements in converting what would have been trash into renewable resources.
  • Restaurant & Institution’s Ivy Award for distinguished excellence in food and lodging operations in the U.S.
  • Food Management magazine’s Best Concepts Award for Best Menu and Best Special Event

So what is Bon Appétit at CWRU doing to celebrate? Cake of course! And some rockin 80s candy. Unfortunately I was in class, but here is a picture Keri took from the Leutner festivities.

Who knows what will happen in the next 25 years? Local beverages? Growing their own food? Community involvement? I think we will all be pleasantly surprised.

What do YOU think? Leave a comment below!

 

– Rachel

Food Committee Meetings

Let’s be honest: we all have an opinion on pretty much every topic! And here at Case, you actually have the opportunity to let your opinions be heard! Bon Appétit has partnered with RHA to host events known as Food Committee Meetings.  This is a chance for any students on campus to speak directly to managers, chefs and dietitian from Bon Appétit about any concerns, suggestions, improvements, or encouraging remarks they have.  I know  that people LOVE telling me what they do or don’t like about the dining halls or what they want to see; but the great thing is the people who are in control of those changes are at these meetings! The meetings are fairly short- usually about an hour so they’re really easy to fit into your schedule. And if you really want to see the things you’re concerned about change, you should consider going to these meetings.  The managers from Bon Appétit also share what they’re currently up to and any other important information that students might like to know before opening up discussion to all students where all concerns can be addressed. Heads up: the next Food Committee Meeting is Thursday, October 11 in the House 3 meeting room (behind starbucks/formerly the convenience store). So come let your voice be heard!