Last Tuesday I had the pleasure of presenting The Story Behind the Food at my alma mater, St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN. The highlight of the day at St. Olaf was the big, supportive turnout for the presentation GM Peter Abrahamson and I gave that evening—at least 30 students brimming with energy and good questions! Students at St. Olaf—especially this crowd—are generally well-informed about issues surrounding food and agriculture, so across the board they gave me feedback about how cool it was to get the “behind the scenes” story of what BAMCO is doing to improve the food system.
Another highlight was dinner! I can’t tell you how much I miss eating in Stav Hall three times a day, so I relished the opportunity to spend two glorious hours in the café eating a beautiful salad with all the fixins’ and celiac-friendly brownies with Farm to Fork farmers Ben and Erin of Open Hands Farm (check out the vlog I did about them back in November). We were also joined by a beginning berry farmer in the Northfield area. I was thrilled to hear that she already thought of the two Bon Appetit accounts in the area as big supporters and resources for local farmers! Plus she said that the St. Olaf café was their first choice for date nights—that’s how good the food is here. Thanks to all the BAMCO staff at St. Olaf for making the event a success!