Posted by: Andrea Alexander | April 23, 2014

A Celebration of All Things Rutgers for the Palate

The annual 'R' display consists of more than 2,000 cupcakes

The annual ‘R’ display consists of more than 2,000 cupcakes

A celebration of all things the university has to offer would not be complete without a chance to sample food from Rutgers chefs and student groups.

When the hunger pangs kick in on Saturday, head to the Voorhees Mall and find out what the food truck craze is all about. The Knight Wagon, Rutgers own gourmet food truck, will serve its eclectic menu from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Treat yourself to the Kings Dinner (a turkey leg) or a twisted gyro burger (ground lamb stuffed with baby spinach and feta on a toasted brioche roll).

Still hungry? Visit any of the campus dining halls for a $10 all-you-can-eat lunch.

When it’s time for dessert, head to the Food Science building on the Cook/Douglass Campus where students will dish out creamy homemade ice cream and explain the science behind how it’s made. If that is not enough to satisfy your sweet tooth, visit the Rutgers Student Bakers, a community service organization that holds bake sales to combat childhood hunger. Try their fudge, death by chocolate cake shots, jalapeno cheddar beer breads and other tempting treats.

When you start wondering what to make for dinner that night, check out the Scarlet Chef demonstrations on the Cook/Douglass and Busch campuses. Stop by the Busch Dining Hall and learn how to make grilled shrimp with a honey coriander glaze and jicama slaw, or visit the Neilson Dining Hall for a lesson in making California Sushi.

Try some samples and walk away with easy-to-follow recipe cards to make the dishes at home. Then check out Rutgers own version of extreme ice carving and watch as the university’s ice sculptor wields his chainsaw, chisel, shaver and fork to create works of art that will last as long as the bright sun allows.

Or if you dream of a starring role in The Cake Boss, test your skills decorating cupcakes at the Engineering Quad on Busch Campus. There will be lots of opportunities to perfect your technique: bakers are preparing 7,000 mini cupcakes for the day. If you are just looking for a sweet treat, check out the ‘R’ display on College Ave and sample one of the 2,200 cupcakes on the platform.

Whatever tantalizes your taste buds, there will be no reason to go home hungry on Rutgers Day.


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