student staffing the Food Justice Month table on the quad

Each year, Campus Dining hosts meaningful, food-oriented events to help educate, nourish, and excite the campus community. 

Food Justice Month

During the month of October, Campus Dining student interns work in collaboration with staff and other campus departments to educate students on the importance of food justice. Food justice and food sovereignty are the rights of all people to have access to affordable, nutritious, and culturally appropriate foods. Demonstrating food justice on campus includes highlighting the importance of local, organic, ethically-sourced, and sustainable foods, as well as educating on the food system and supply chains. 

Past Food Justice Month events have included:

A Food Justice Quad Fair

Free, locally-sourced food from farmer’s markets and local vendors, a food truck, and informational tables and fliers held on the Academic Quad, located centrally on campus.


Field Trips to Local Farmers Markets

Students were provided with free transportation to their choice of the following local farmers markets in order to engage with the Los Angeles food sysem in a more intimate way.Students in front of Hollywood Farmers Market sign



Food Justice Film Fest

In October 2021, the Dining Intern team organized an outdoor Food Justice Film Fest at the Intercultural Community Center. Students viewed six short films about workers rights, community supported agriculture, and the power of growing your own food. After each film, dining interns moderated a short discussion whilst enjoying fresh pastries from a local bakery.

Volunteering at the Community Services Unlimited Expo Center Urban Farmstudents volunteering at the CSU/expo center urban farm

In October 2021, the Dining Intern Team coordinated a volunteer opportunity for students interested in urban agriculture. Students were provided free transportation and boxed lunches and helped CSU/Expo staff with sheet mulching and weeding while learning about the history of the farm and the importance of urban agriculture for Downtown LA residents. 



Cooking It Up! Cooking Classes with Campus Dining Staff

The class starts out wCampus Dining Chef and students at Cooking It Up! event in 2014ith a visit to the FEAST Garden, where a FEAST representative will help you harvest fresh produce for dinner (Campus Dining will supply protein, accompaniments, dessert and beverages). Then walk to the Berkus Hall Kitchen, and a Campus Dining staff member will shepherd you through preparing and cooking a seasonal menu. You'll finish up by dining together "al fresco" on the beautiful Berkus Hall Courtyard.

2020 Online Presence Experience 

In 2020, the COVID-19 Pandemic did not allow for much of a celebration on campus, however students were able to learn and interact with food justice topics via an online experience

Food Justice House Open House

The Residential Assistant at the Food Justice House -- a themed living community just off campus -- hosts an open house in order to connect with students who may be interested in learning more about food justice or living in the FJH.

Earth Month

Every April, the College celebrates our planet with an inter-departmental collaboration. Campus Dining contributes to these celebrations by hosting themed meals in the Marketplace, participating in a Quad Fair, and encouraging students to participate in the the Marketplace's notable sustainability commitments such as the Real Food Challenge and the Eco-Clamshell program.

Here's an example of an Earth Day Themed Marketplace Menu:

Homestyle @ Chef's Corner - Organic Mediterranean Chicken (gf) or Eggplant (v)(gf) with Local & Organic Lemon Potatoes (v)(gf) and a Spinach Salad (v)(gf)
Sauté Station - Earth Day Bowl - Cauliflower (v)(gf), Lentils (v)(gf), Beans (v)(gf), Marinated Mushrooms (v)(gf), Kale (v)(gf), Tofu (v)(gf), Carrot (v)(gf) and Lemon Tahini Dressing (v)(l)(gf)
Specialty Salad - Organic Quinoa and Organic Adzuki Bean Salad w/ Tomato, Scallions, Parsley, Cilantro, Lemon Zest and Lemon Dressing (v)(gf)(w/wo grilled chicken tenders)


Iron Chef Competition

Congratulations to the 2019 Iron Chef winners: Bean Babes!

Oxy's Own Iron Chef competition is one of the premier Earth Month events! The contest is led by FEAST and supported by Renewable Energy and Sustainability Fund, Campus Dining, Facilities Management, and the Office of the President.

On April 11, 2019 on the JSC Quad, six teams faced off for culinary glory. They were tasked with creating the best vegetarian or vegan starter and sauté dishes. At their disposal was a wide variety of fresh organic produce (some freshly picked at the FEAST garden), legumes, FEAST eggs, spices, oils, AND this year's secret ingredient - daikon radish. The top three teams were rewarded with prizes, such as a $50 gift certificate to a local restaurant. Spectators were present to cheer on the participating students, staff and faculty, and check out the campus food clubs and orgs that tabled at the event. For more information or questions, please contact or

Judging Criteria

Dishes are evaluated on these criteria:

  1. Taste

  2. Best use of ingredients

  3. Presentation

The total combined score of the starter and sauté dishes determine the winners.


Group of students with farmers market goods after visiting the Pasadena Victory Park farmers market in October 2021

October 2021 Pasadena Victory Park Trip

students enjoying Savage Tacos at the 2021 Food Justice Quad Fair

Free Savage Tacos at the 2021 Food Justice Quad Fair