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Culinary Services Showcases Local Vendors and Products

October 26, 2018


On Wednesday, Oct. 10, Ohio University’s Baker University Center (BUC) welcomed six local food vendors for the first ever BUC Local Food Showcase. The event took place between 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the first floor of BUC at West 82 and Latitude 39, two of Culinary Services’ campus venues.

During the showcase, students, faculty and staff had the opportunity to sample a variety of tasty food and meet with representatives from each of the vendors, who shared product knowledge and inspiration to use each product to create a gourmet meal.

Cowdery Farms, White Feather Farms, Walnut Creek, RL Valley Ranch, Hugh’s Fruit and Hidden Hills Orchard were in attendance at the showcase and offered barbecue chicken wings, fresh produce, meatballs and more. Cleveland Tofu also made an appearance, serving tofu in a variety of different ways, including spring rolls and ribs.

The showcase was an opportunity for the OHIO community to meet vendors that supply a variety of Culinary Services venues with local products year-round.

“We prefer local beef for a couple of different reasons,” said Cris Schmitt, general manager of Latitude 39. “We are supporting the local economy plus we get a high quality fresh ingredient for the customer. Our local beef is actually located within 30 miles of campus, so we get to provide the Athens community with their own local product.”

West 82, Latitude 39 and OHIO Catering value this relationship with their local vendors because it helps with OHIO’s sustainability efforts and offers the OHIO community healthier options when they dine on campus, according to Schmitt. Thanks to these partnerships, Culinary Services is able to offer a wide selection of local products on a daily basis that are accommodating to a wide variety of dietary needs and restrictions.

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