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Eat Local Challenge a success - always eating local yet to be accomplished

Sean Hobson

Issue date: 10/2/09 Section: News
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Tuesday, Sept. 29 marked the fifth annual "Eat Local Challenge" hosted by the Bon Appétit Management Company. The challenge was to prepare lunch only using ingredients from within a 150-mile radius of the dining halls. The event also encouraged students to be more conscious of where their food is transported from, and why buying local is better through literature dissemination. In Fribley there was also a trivia contest with a prize.

Although the Eat Local challenge is held only once a year, it is a testament to the constant effort Bon Appétit puts forth to use local ingredients. This initiative is because of a "Farm to Fork" push in the company to use at least a 20 percent minimum of ingredients from surrounding areas. Bon Appétit Management states that not only does local food taste better, but using local ingredients supports local growers. With the collective preparation of Bon Appétit chefs, who reportedly make almost 120 million meals each year, this has resulted in millions of dollars spent on small owner-operated farms. David Apthorpe, executive chef of Bon Appétit, stated that "over the past five years of the Eat Local Challenge I've experienced firsthand how Bon Appétit uses the kitchen to nourish not only people, but also local economies, and the planet. As a chef, I love supporting the farmers and artisans who grow our food, minimizing the impact our food choices have on the earth."

Of course, supporting the local farm industry isn't the only reason Bon Appétit uses local foods. Food grown in local communities is probably picked within days of being shipped to the dining halls and thus retains more flavor than food transported from long distances. Local food is also healthier, as it is not genetically modified or sprayed down with preservatives. Chef Manager Robbie Washington at Fribley commented on this by saying that "if you take a chicken breast that you eat here in the dining halls and compare it to one you can purchase from Giant Eagle, you'll notice that the Giant Eagle chicken breast is much larger-that's not natural. At Bon Appétit we buy from local farmers who don't use steroids on their chickens and let them roam free."
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