Saint Martin’s University’s eat local challenge stimulates appetites and
September 23, 2009
Lacey, Washington – On Tuesday, September 29, Saint Martin’s
University will be participating in the 2009 “Eat Local Challenge,”
hosted by its new food service provider, Bon Appétit Management Company.
The challenge, which will take place in 400 Bon Appétit cafés all over
the country, will feature a delicious lunch, including dessert, that is
made entirely from local ingredients. The challenge highlights the
chefs’ creativity, educates diners about their local, seasonal bounty,
and supports family farms during these difficult times.
All ingredients for this meal will come from within 150 miles of
Saint Martin’s, with salt as the only exception. All faculty, staff, and
students are encouraged to participate. The lunch menu, which will be
available at Saint Martin’s St. Gertrude Dining Hall, will include
organic produce from Boistfort Valley Farm (Curtis, Washington), organic
chicken from Oakland Bay Farm (Shelton, Washington), and wild salmon
from Lummi Island Wild. Vegetarian and vegan items will also be
available. Representatives from the local farms will be in the dining
room to answer questions.
While the “Eat Local Challenge” comes only once each year, Bon
Appétit sources ingredients locally all year round. The company’s decade
old Farm to Fork program requires that a minimum of 20% of all
ingredients used in the cafés comes from the surrounding area.
For more information please contact Saint Martin's University Dining
Services General Manager Mark Manley at 360-438-4562 or
About Saint Martin’s:
Saint Martin’s University is an independent four-year, Catholic,
coeducational university located on a 380-acre wooded campus in Lacey,
Washington. Established in 1895 by the Catholic Order of Saint Benedict,
the University is one of 18 Benedictine colleges and universities in the
United States and Canada, and the only one west of the Rocky Mountains.
Saint Martin’s University prepares students for successful lives through
its 21 majors and six graduate programs spanning the liberal arts,
business, education and engineering. Saint Martin’s welcomes 1,250
student from many ethnic and religious backgrounds to its main campus,
and 650 more to its five extension campuses located at Fort Lewis Army
Post, McChord Air Force Base, Olympic College, Centralia College, and
Tacoma Community College.
About Bon Appétit:
Bon Appétit Management Company is an onsite restaurant company offering
full food service management to universities, corporations, and
specialty venues. A pioneer in environmentally-sound sourcing policies,
Bon Appétit has developed programs with Environmental Defense, the
Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch, the Humane Society of the United
States, and other leading conservation organizations. Bon Appétit has
more than 400 cafés in 30 states. Bon Appétit became Saint Martin’s new
food service provider this past summer.
For additional information:
Saint Martin's University Dining Services
Genevieve Canceko Chan
Director of Communications & Marketing