Posted by: Andrea Alexander | April 11, 2012

A Food Lover’s Guide to Rutgers Day

Dining Services Chef Robert Warren carving ice at Rutgers Day 2011

Have no fear when those hunger pains kick in at Rutgers Day. There will be plenty of snacks, food and drinks available along the way and activities to appeal to the foodie in all of us.

Dining Services chefs will give cooking demonstrations on the Cook/Douglass and Busch campuses. Visit the Busch Dining Hall for a lesson in preparing sea scallops with corn and black bean relish. Or stop by the corner of Dudley and College Farm roads to learn the secret of making chutneys. Try some samples and walk away with easy-to-follow recipe cards to replicate the dishes at home. Check out the ice carving demonstrations nearby, or duck into the dining halls on the Cook/Douglass and Busch campuses for an $8 all-you-can-eat lunch.

If BBQ and outdoor dining is your style, visit the Voorhees Mall for some hamburgers, hot dogs, pulled pork and veggie burgers. Or channel your inner Cake Boss and test your skills decorating mini cupcakes on the College Avenue and Busch campuses. There will be lots of opportunities to perfect your technique: Bakers are preparing 5,000 mini cupcakes for the day.

If you scream for some homemade ice cream, don’t forget to visit the Food Science Club at Cook/Douglass. Cupcakes and cookies decorated like your favorite farm animals will also be for sale nearby.

Chef Jim Weaver

If eating healthy, organic, and local is a concern, you’ll want to meet with Chef Jim Weaver of Tre Piani in Princeton. Weaver, founder of Slow Food Central New Jersey, will be sharing recipes, handing out samples of local cheese and signing copies of “Locavore Adventures” at the Rutgers University Press booth on the Douglass Campus.

What is slow food? “It’s basically the opposite of fast food,’’ Weaver explains. “We are about preserving, protecting and promoting local foods and local food traditions.’’’


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