Healthy Desserts?

The holidays are always a bad time for eating healthy and sticking to your usual habits.  The best advice that dietitians offer include eating before a party so you are less likely to eat so many sugary treats when you arrive, eat regularly and stock up on healthy snacks, and never feel as if you have to eat something unhealthy that is served simply because it is presented to you. And as always get your exercise! Sledding and climbing up those awful hills burns about 500 calories for every hour! Skiing and snowboarding also burn around 500 calories depending on the intensity. Shoveling the snow for an hour (although hopefully no one has to do that) will burn around 400 calories too 🙂 So keep all these in mind as you go to holiday parties and festivities! If you want to test your knowledge about desserts, take this quiz:

Happy holidays!


Throwing or attending any holiday parties this year? Need a few healthy and simple ideas for appetizers?

Bon Appétit and 121 Fitness are putting on their monthly Cooking Demo THIS WEEK on Wednesday, December 5th, from 12:00 – 1:00pm in Nord 310 focusing on healthy holiday appetizers! There will be a LIVE demonstration and FREE appetizers to try J

Make sure you register here.


But don’t let that stop you! One of my favorite websites to look for recipes are Eating Well

Here are some of their delicious recipes to try such as: Steak-&-Boursin-Wrapped Bells, Apricot Canapes, Spinach-&-Brie-Topped Artichoke Hearts, Mini Brie & Apple Quiches, Marinated Olives & Feta, Five-Spice Pistachios, and Roasted Pears with Brie & Pistachios… yum!!

Another cooking website I like a lot is Skinny Taste

There are toooo many to list here, but I have tried the Zucchini Pizza Bites which are very delicious 🙂



I’ll leave you with this fun fact to wow your guests while they eat your scrumptious appetizers: Appetizers can be traced back to first century Rome, where the upper class were served eggs, fruits, soups, oysters, and canapés (dainty open faced sandwiches) before the main meal.

Hope to see you on Wednesday!

Multicultural Dinner-December 5th!

Whether you’ve never heard of these multi-cultural dinners or they’re the highlight of your week, don’t miss the next dinner! On Wednesday, December 5th Leutner Dining Hall will be having their International Night!  Just a sampling of the menu includes:

Fried Chicken and Four Cheese Macaroni with Collard Greens

Babba Ganoush, Hummus and tabbouleh with homemade naan

Huevos Rancheros with Chorizo Hash

Jasmine Rice with yellow curry mango or red curry coconut with chicken or tofu

And the best part- Dessert extravaganza with treats from around the world!


This is one night of fantastic dining that you do not want to miss!  Also, with the end of the semester closing in be sure to keep your eye out for the Late Night Dinner at both Leutner and Fribley that is a favorite among all students and even includes some special guest appearances like President Snyder 🙂


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 🙂

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!

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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