I’m HOMEEE!!! Finally, finally, FINALLY back in the little town of Northvale. And let me tell you, it never felt so good to be here in Jersey.
I just finished eating with my family at one of our favorite Korean-sushi restaurants in town, and now I’m sitting in MY room, typing this out. Wow… I love how everything’s stayed almost EXACTLY the same.
Well, I did promise you guys that I’d catch up on all the stuff that’s been backing up in my hard drive, so I thought I might as well get to it. This is something that happened about 2 weeks ago?
BUT MOVING ON, Bon Appétit (the food-serving company for Hamilton College) organized a day in late September called the “Eat Local Challenge.”
While I wouldn’t necessarily call it a “challenge,” this is a really cool event organized by the company. For one meal, Bon Appétit closed down the McEwen cafeteria and held an extended lunch outside on the lawn, featuring local ingredients all in-season and within a 150 miles of the school. What a concept, right? This was a fabulous, beautiful even with LOTS of good food and I really think it’s stuff like this that raises student awareness about the things they eat.
I was there since the morning and watched them set up everything. Wow, kudos to these guys because this event took A LOT of work, just for the decor alone.
All of the decorations celebrated the fall harvest, so there were lots of apples, grapes, winter squash, corn, and mums.
Then the menus (with the ingredient lists!) were brought out. And that’s when I started salivating.
While taking pictures of all the hard-working people (and drool-inducing signs), I spied something in the distance.
It looked like a train.
The chef operating the massive, black, train-like bit of machinery was a smoker. You know, which would explain the huge amounts of smoke being expelled from the chimney thing.
And what was he gonna smoke?
Now, what have you got there sir?
Huge hunks of pork, that’s what. Hunks of pork that will be barbecued by getting slowly infused with the sweet smoke of cherry and apple woodchips, turning into…
Hey, wipe that drool off your face because let me tell you, this pork tasted as good as it looks. Perfectly smokey, crispy-on-the-outside, juicy-on-the-inside meataliciousness. I somehow limited myself to 2 slices. That’s probably the strongest my willpower’s ever been.
I’m gonna go out on a limb here and say the pork was probably the most popular dish of the meal. But that doesn’t mean the other food wasn’t good either – in fact, it was all excellent.
I don’t know how anyone else felt, but I wasn’t expecting such a fabulous spread. Wow, the food was delicious. Not only that, but the atmosphere was great too – it was a time for mingling and feasting, with everyone enjoying the amazing weather with platefuls of amazing food.
It was a long, leisurely lunchtime with people going and coming as they wished. The “Eat Local Challenge” was all about enjoying the bountiful harvests of fall in our NY region, and really, what else can you ask for? I heard kids saying that this was the best food they’ve eaten on campus, and I can hardly wait to see what it’s going to be like next year.
So that sums up my huge recap of the Eat Local Challenge. Whew, blogging is tough work. And now I’m just pooped enough for bed. MY bed, that is. Because after a month and a half of college, I’m finally home with my family in the tiny little town of Northvale.
There really is no place like home.
Good night, all :)