In an effort to celebrate the local food movement and culinary
innovation 13 colleges and universities from Vermont and New
Hampshire will compete in two individual Localvore Cooking
Challenges to be hosted by Plymouth State University on Sept. 25
and Castleton State College, on Oct. 2.
This biannual, friendly competition challenges professional and
up-and-coming chefs to build menus based around available local and
fresh ingredients. All of the campus teams prepare and serve
their made-to-order dishes to students at the host account during
lunch to compete for votes. Teams are also judged on
presentation, creativity, technical execution, and guest
interaction by a team of district managers.
All competing accounts are run by Sodexo, a worldwide leader in
contract food management. Sodexo is a strong supporter
of the local food movement and regularly uses as many local
ingredients as possible when in season. Many locally made products,
meats, and dairy products are used year round.
The first competition will take place at Plymouth State
University on Tuesday, Sept. 25, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. in
Prospect Dining Hall. The competing colleges and universities
will include: Colby-Sawyer College, New London, NH; Daniel Webster
College, Nashua, NH; Lyndon State College, Lyndonville, Vt.;
Plymouth State University, Plymouth, NH; Rivier University, Nashua,
NH; Southern New Hampshire University, Manchester, NH; World
Learning Institute, Brattleboro, Vt.
The second competition will take place at Castleton State
College on Tuesday, Oct. 2, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Huden
Dining Hall. The competing colleges and universities will
include: Castleton State College, Castleton, Vt.; Franklin Pierce
University, Rindge, NH; Johnson State College, Johnson, Vt.; Keene
State College, Keene, NH; Norwich University, Northfield, Vt.;
Vermont Technical College, Randolph Center, Vt.