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Colleges compete in Localvore Cooking Challenge

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.