Dining news, upcoming special events and responses to your suggestions
March 18, 2013
At the General Assembly meeting on February 11, members of the Meal Plan Advisory Committee and Oxy's Budget Office presented a proposed change to the structure of residential meal plans, effective fall 2013
March 18, 2013
This week’s local highlight is Hass Avocados from Eco Farms in Temucula, located just 90 miles from Oxy. Known as the “fertility fruit” in Aztec culture, avocados have been successfully cultivated for over 10,000 years, and are native to the Caribbean, South, and Central America. They were introduced to the United States in the early 19th century and have thrived in the Southern California region, which now produces 95% of the nation’s avocados!
Eco Farms has been an established organic and environmentally-minded farm for over 30 years. Steve Taft, President and CEO of Eco Farms, was raised in a...Read More
March 4, 2013
Did You Know: Many of herbs used by Campus Dining are also local and organic?
This week’s Local Highlight is organic Cilantro from the John Givens Farm. The cilantro plant is very ancient, and it is referenced in many ancient texts. Scholars believe that the Roman Empire is responsible for the spread of cilantro around the world, and it is now grown and used in almost every country in the world! The largest cilantro producers are located in India, China, and Mexico, but this cilantro is local and the farm is located just 100 miles from Oxy! Find this cilantro at the Monday Stir Fry Station and the Wednesday shrimp taco bar.
John Givens started Givens Farm in the Goleta Valley under the “Something Good” label in 1980 with only 1 acre of land. “The farm has expanded to its present size of 180 acres in 12 locations stretching over...Read More
February 27, 2013
This week’s local highlight is local company Driftwood Dairy, located just 10 miles away from Occidental. Started in El Monte by Mike Dolan in 1946, the business was built on the family dairy legacy going back to their dairy farm in Ireland. Driftwood started as a single cash and carry store in El Monte, and a home delivery route where Mike would deliver milk. Over the years business expanded to include hospitals, schools, restaurants, bakeries, coffee houses, cafeterias and even other creameries; Driftwood Dairy now serves over 2,500 schools daily. In 2006 Driftwood Dairy was bought from the Dolan family by investors, and now grosses over 100 million a year. Driftwood only uses milk from cows not treated with the growth hormone rBST, and has made strong commitments to ensuring...Read More
February 19, 2013
This week’s local highlight is All Natural Free Range Chicken from Mary’s Chicken.
This week’s local highlight is All Natural Free Range Chicken from Mary’s Chicken. Mary’s Chicken has been family owned and operated since 1954, and is currently run by Mary’s son David Pittman in the San Joaquin valley, just 200 miles from Oxy. Mary’s Free Range Chicken is certified by the 5-Step Animal Welfare Rating Standards Program through the Global Animal Partnership. This program encourages higher welfare practices and systems to benefit the farmers, consumers, and the animals. Mary's California Bronze Chicken was the first in the United States to achieve the...Read More
February 11, 2013
Washington State is the West Coast's main apple producer, but the largest producer of organic apples is right here in California!
This week’s local highlight is Pink Lady Apples from Cuyama Orchards, which is located 30 miles northeast of Santa Barbara, and just 84 miles from Oxy. The orchard is located in the southern end of the Cuyama Valley surrounded by the Los Padres National Forest. The area is so remote that there are no telephone lines, no cell phone reception, and there is only one incoming road! This spot does, however, provide the perfect growing conditions for Pink Lady apples. The Cuyama Valley location and elevation (3,200 feet) provides the perfect combination of warm days and cool nights that these apples need.
Cuyama Orchards was started in 1980, when Howard and Jean Albano spontaneously bought land in Cuyama Valley. After growing hay for...Read More
February 4, 2013
Did you know conventional strawberries are number 6 on the "Dirty Dozen" list of most pesticide contaminated produce?
This week, the Local Highlight features Organic Strawberries from Be Wise Ranch. Be Wise Ranch is a certified organic farm that has been growing organic produce since 1977 in the Santa Fe Valley, just eight miles east of San Diego, and only 100 miles from Oxy! Be Wise Ranch has been certified organic for over 20 years, so these strawberries are safer for the environment and your health. Find them at the bakery and the Deli Salad station.
Be Wise Ranch organic vegetables and fruits are known nationally for their delicious flavor and fresh, sun-ripened quality. Bill Brammer, owner of Be Wise
Ranch, has been committed to sustainable agriculture since the early days of the organic movement, and during his five-...Read More
January 28, 2013
Beginning this semester, all residential students will automatically be enrolled as members in the Eco-Takeout program in the Marketplace!
About the Eco-Takeout Program:
The Eco-Clamshell is made of safe, heavy duty plastic, and can be reused, re-washed, and eventually recycled at the end of its 4+ year lifespan. All members will receive a token that can be exchanged for a container at any of the Marketplace stations.
When enrolled, a one-time $5 enrollment fee will be charged to your meal plan, and you will receive a $.25 discount at the register with each use of a container. Also beginning this semester, all large to-go containers will be charged $.50 at the register.
If you choose to opt out of the program, please submit the Opt-out Form on the Card Office website by February 28th.
Tokens will be available for pickup outside of the Card Office February 19th-22nd, from 11:30am-1:30pm. After February 22nd,...Read More
January 28, 2013
This week’s local highlight is fresh Spring Mix from Kenter Canyon Farms, located just 20 miles from Oxy.
While a traditional spring mix can be made up of arugula, lettuce, spinach, and chard, several other varieties of leafy vegetables are often substituted. Kenter Canyon Farms grows a variety of specialty greens which are combined to create
their spring mix. Their spring mix is also organic, so it is free of harmful chemicals! This incredibly healthy batch of greens contains high levels of vitamins A, C, K, and iron. Find it at the salad bar or the specialty salad station!
“Kenter Canyon Farms is a family farm located in Ventura County, growing lettuces, herbs, and specialty crops year-round in the fertile soil along the Santa Clara River. Our produce is harvested daily, washed and packed in our own...Read More
January 23, 2013
Bread, and Rolls, and Buns, OH MY!
This week’s local highlight is Galasso’s Bakery, Campus Dining’s new provider of freshly baked bread, rolls, and buns. Located just 40 miles from Oxy in Mira Loma, CA, Galasso’s Bakery is local and the bread is delivered fresh daily. “Founded in 1968, Galasso’s Bakery began as a family-run business. Over the years, the company has grown from a single room delicatessen into a full-line bakery, producing hearth baked sourdough, sliced and French breads as well as dinner rolls, hamburger buns, hot dog buns, and specialty breads.”
Galasso’s is famous throughout the area for their traditional-style bread delivery trucks. This truck was spotted making a delivery in Pasadena during the Rose Parade on New Year’s Day!...Read More