Earth Day

Food Services to Get Local for Earth Day

Earth Day is April 22, 2016, and Penn State Food Services will be celebrating with local foods, prizes, and fun at the University Park dining commons.

"For lunch that day we'll be featuring a wilted kale and tabbouleh salad, as well as local cheeses and mustard from Herlocher's," says Jim Meinecke, residential dining coordinator for Penn State Food Services. "Herlocher's will also be doing some giveaways and promotions."

The Penn State Bakery will offer a new twelve-grain bread, which students can enjoy with spreads from Tait Farms and a fig and olive relish from Harrison's.

The South Foods District is getting a jump on Earth Day with a local foods dinner on Monday, April 18. Chef Stefan Gawlowicz will be preparing a lamb tajine, a type of stew with braised meat. "I'll cook the lamb in my pizza oven for hours, so it will be nice and tender," he says. "I'll be choosing some fresh vegetables that are available this time of year here in Pennsylvania, including carrots, parsnips, and onions. They will be perfect for the dish."

The Penn State Student Farm will also contribute to the local foods meal by providing Boston lettuce, fresh parsley, and other herbs. "Representatives from the student farm will talk about what they're providing," Gawlowicz says. "We worked with them for a local foods dinner last fall and it very well, so we wanted to give them an opportunity to expand their offerings this year."

The local foods meal will also feature a mini farmer's market, where students can purchase Pennsylvania products.