Category Archives: Food

Fall Harvest Festival: Saturday at the Organic Farm

Come enjoy an afternoon of autumnal festivities at the Organic Farm this Saturday!

Come enjoy an afternoon of autumnal festivities at the Organic Farm this Saturday!

Jake Faber ’16.5 writes in with this really cool weekend event:

Come down to the farm tomorrow between 3:00 and 7:00 for our fall garlic planting ceremony and harvest festival! We’ll start be planting next year’s crop of garlic (weather permitting), followed by a bonfire, potluck dinner, firing of the new cob oven (expect pizza with farm veggies!), and music performances.

If anyone wants to make food for the potluck, MCOF can purchase ingredients/supply produce from the farm as available. Email us at mcof@middlebury.edu to let us know what you want to make and how much of what ingredients you need!

It’s BYOPAU, so bring your own plates and utensils! Can’t wait to see you all.

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When: Today 3-7 PM
Where: Organic Garden down past Ridgeline
Cost: Plates and Utensils

Atwater Dining Has New Coffee Machines!

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Perhaps we don’t have all the same thoughts when eating in Proctor, but if there’s one dining hall blunder we can all agree on, it’s the coffee. Quite simply, it sucks. Watery, tasteless, strange flavors, is it even caffeinated? We could go on.

Thankfully, Atwater has come through, again proving itself far superior to it’s peers: There are now two brand new coffee machines in Atwater dining hall, located by the first food line, next to the soda machine that, cough, still doesn’t work (beggars can’t be choosers). Dining services told us “It was time for a change, as the old machines were rather ancient, and couldn’t produce the best product.” Turn down for that.

But, is the coffee any better? A quick survey of Wednesday morning Atwater breakfasters concludes that yes, it is somewhat of an improvement. “Still not fantastic,” remarks Cate Stanton ’15.5, “but definitely better.”

Unsurprisingly, Atwater wins again. So, perhaps ditch the eggs to order for a day, and enjoy some freshly brewed Atwater coffee. They’ve got cantaloupe and pineapple, too. It’s all very exciting.

This Week at the RAJ

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The Rohatyn Center for Global Affairs will feature three fantastic lecturers at Midd this week, beginning today at 4:30 with Croatian sociologist Professor Aleksandar Stulhofer’s “An Imported Culture War? Sex Education and the Religious Right in Croatia.”  Stulhofer is the chair of the sexology unit of Croatia’s University of Zagreb, and has written extensively on youth sexuality, pornography and HIV/AIDS, and in post-Communist Eastern Europe.  Thursday brings award-winning  Israeli author Assaf Gavron who will present a talk titled “The Hilltop Settlement:  A Perspective of an Israeli Author” at 4:30.  To end the week, Middlebury’s own Professor Enrique Garcia will present at the IGS Colloquium regarding the depiction of the mulatto in pre-revolutionary Cuban musicals on Friday at 12:15.  Lunch will be provided for those who RSVP to rcgaATmiddleburyDOTedu.  You can find the full RAJ schedule here.

When: Tuesday and Thursday 4:30, Friday 12:15
Where: RAJ
Cost: RSVP for Friday’s lunch

UPDATE: Also don’t miss tomorrow’s timely talk on Hong Kong: The Struggle for Democracy at 6 PM, presented by the Chinese Society and the RCGA.

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52 Thoughts You’ve Had When Eating Proctor Dinner

We can all agree that Proctor dinner can be a stressful experience. Even if you can whip up a homemade salad dressing in seconds or assemble an award-winning panini in a flash, you’re likely victim to the occasional awkward moment or food fumble. We understand your troubles, hence our decision to articulate the thoughts plaguing our minds as we get our essential, albeit sometimes bland, nutrients. For solidarity, humor, or self-pity, here’s 52 thoughts we’ve all had when eating Proctor dinner:

1. Oh god why is the line so long… Go to Ross people!
2. But seriously, where the F are the proctor bowls
3. This is not okay. I need my split pea soup

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4. Mmmm is that chicken parm?
5. I worked out.. I definitely need two pieces…or three…
6. Do I look like a fatty with a plate full of chicken parm?
7. Ahh yes.. I’ll balance it out with a salad
8. I love salad!
9. NOT
10. Does anyone eat the weird dishes at the end of the salad bar?
11. Maybe I’ll try this raw fish rice… hmmmm
12. I’m SO glad we have a whole tub of ham. I’m hate when salad bars forget that essential ingredient.

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MONDAY: Saha Global Info Session, Global Leadership Program in Ghana

Did you know: 
780 million people around the world lack access to safe drinking water.

 Water-related diseases, like diarrhea, dysentery and cholera, kill more people every year than all forms of violence, including war.
The most vulnerable population are children under the age of five.
Globally, 1.3 billion people, over 18% of the world’s population, live without electricity.

That’s where Saha Global comes in:

38,108 people served
100% sustainability rate

If you’re passionate about international social justice, environmental sustainability and public health, you should absolutely attend the Saha Global information session tonight at 6pm in Hillcrest 103, led by Kate Clopeck, Saha’s Co-Founder and Executive Director (there will be FREE PIZZA)! Previously known as Community Water Solutions, Saha Global is an incredible non-profit providing innovative and sustainable water purification and solar electricity services in Northern Ghana, and they’ve got an outstanding 3-week Global Leadership Program (offered over J-term and summer), which various Midd students have participated in. Having been a summer Saha Global fellow myself (Leah Fessler ’15), I can vouch for this non-profit’s fantastic reputation. Here’s the basics:

Saha Global empowers women in rural communities in northern Ghana to solve their village’s need for clean water and electricity by providing business opportunities. They do this by bringing leaders from around the world to Ghana through our Global Leadership Program where they train local women to launch profitable social enterprises such as sustainable pure water and solar energy businesses. All of the revenue from these businesses stays in the community and is managed by the women entrepreneurs. To date, Saha Global has launched 71 clean water businesses and 5 solar electricity businesses, which empower 164 women entrepreneurs who serve 38,108 people. 100% of these businesses are still in operation today.

The three week Saha Global Leadership Program in Ghana has run successfully since the Summer of 2010, and over 10 Midd students have participated. The Saha site explains the program as follows:

Young leaders who participate in Saha’s three-week Global Leadership Program will be trained to become Saha Field Representatives. Before traveling abroad, they will fundraise to cover the start-up materials needed for each community business, as well as their in-country travel expenses. Once in Ghana, they will participate in a vigorous and comprehensive training program designed and led by our Saha Global team. Groups of four will be partnered with a rural community in which they will first introduce the business concept and its particular health, social and economic benefits, and then train local women to launch either a clean water or solar business.

By the end of the three-week program, these businesses will be up and running and the women entrepreneurs will be fully in charge of all operations. Our Saha Global team will then monitor the business for the next 5 years to ensure long-term success.

For more information about Saha Global, read their story hereSaha is currently accepting applications for 2015 Winter Global Leadership Program, which takes place in Ghana from December 28th – January 20th (J-TERM).

The CWS Summer Fellowship is an incredible opportunity, and if you’re at all interested please come learn more this afternoon. All years are welcome!

What: Saha Global Leadership Program info session
Date: Monday, September 29
TIme: 6-7pm
Place: Hillcrest 103 (the big classroom in Hillcrest)
Cost: None, but there will be FREE PIZZA!

Grape Harvest Party at Lincoln Peak Vineyard

unnamedIf you’re not slammed by work today, we highly suggest you make the quick drive to Lincoln Peak Vineyard for the Grape Harvest Party. Picking grapes and crushing them with your feet, live music, bubbly wine, VT cheese and sausage, and it’s free… what’s not to like? If you’ve never been, Lincoln Peak Vineyard is just three miles north of Middlebury, right off Route 7.

And, if you’ve got no time for anything but reading, writing, and ‘rithmatic today, just watch this and be happy.

Date: Today, September 28
Time: 12-5pm
Place: Lincoln Peak Vineyard

Café con Leche

Jah Red's fans tearin up the d floor

Jah Red’s fans tearin up the d floor

If you love Latin dance, culture, or music, we’ve got some good news: This Saturday, September 28, Crossroads Cafe is featuring Burlington’s DJ Jah Red who will be heating up the dance floor for a night of Salsa, Bachata, Merengue, Cumbia, and Reggaeton! Come enjoy a fun night with your friends and eat some delicious, free (that’s right, FREE) snacks.

Date: Saturday, September 27
Time: 10:00pm-2:00am
Place: Crossroads Cafe
Cost: Nada

Neva Hassanein Lecture: “Cultivating Food Democracy”

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Tomorrow afternoon in Axinn 229, Neva Hassanein will speak on how local, sustainable alternatives to the food system are developed, and how they are examples of democracy and resistance in action. Hassanein, a professor of Environmental Studies at the University of Montana, will share her experiences getting the University of Montana’s student farm up and running, as well as her community-based research on local food systems and infrastructure in Montana. Whether you’re a regular volunteer at the Middlebury College Organic Farm or have never been to a Farmer’s Market in your life, this is a great talk to attend if you’re interested in learning more about how and why our decisions about food matter.

Date: Wednesday, September 24
Time: 4:30-6 pm
Place: Axinn 229

Saturday: Harvest Festival at Middlebury Natural Foods Co-op

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Getting tired of the panini machines in Proc? Me neither, but the noms offered by Middlebury Natural Foods Co-op’s Harvest Festival will inevitably top even the most beloved of dining hall offerings. The festival promises live music from Snake Mountain Bluegrass & The Connor Sisters, a beer and wine tasting, the opportunity to meet local farmers, and sustainably grown, free food. If you’ve ever admired the Co-op’s commitment to energy efficient practices, democratic ownership, and the local economy but thought, “s***, this hummus is expensive,” now’s your chance.

When: Saturday, September 20th, 12-3 pm
Where: Middlebury Natural Foods Co-op, 9 Washington Street, Middlebury, VT
Cost: Free

We all Scream for Ice Cream

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Need a way to cool off with all this early September heat? Homework got you down? Do you like happiness?

If you responded yes to any of these questions join MCAB for the Fall Frenzy Free Ice Cream Bar (with at minimum of a million toppings) TOMORROW. Additionally, there will be some great music from Middlebury’s own Milk Chocolate.

Come get a sugar high and jam out.

When: 9/11 from 6 – 8 PM (TOMORROW)
Where: 
McCullough Terrace (outside where that patio furniture is by the mailroom)
Cost: Free-ninety-nine