May 25, 2011

Etc.: Campus news & notes

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From left, Daniella Martin, The UWs David Gordon, Dave Gracer and Zack Lemann compete in the Big Bug Cook-Off, which Gordon won.

David Gordon

From left, Daniella Martin, The UWs David Gordon, Dave Gracer and Zack Lemann compete in the Big Bug Cook-Off, which Gordon won.

BIG ON BUGS: David G. Gordon, science writer for Washington Sea Grant, captured first prize at the Big Bug Cook-Off held on May 14-15 during the annual Bug Fair at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.  During a series of elimination matches, he defeated three other insect chefs with his tempura-battered tarantula and teriyaki grasshopper on seasoned rice noodles. Gordon has been cooking (and eating) insects for years, and even published The Eat-a-Bug Cookbook in 1998. Hes currently working on a revised, updated edition.

The other competing chefs were: Zack Lemann (silver trophy), curator of the Audubon Insectarium in New Orleans; Daniella Martin (Bronze trophy), star of the Girl Meets Bug Web site, in San Francisco; Dave Gracer (stink bug trophy), founder of Small Stock Food Strategies in Providence, Rhode Island. More than 13,000 people attended the two-day event.

Mobile food outlets like the Motosurf truck above have won an award for Housing & Food Services.

Mobile food outlets like the Motosurf truck above have won an award for Housing & Food Services.

MOBILE FOOD: And on the subject of food of a more conventional kind, UW Housing & Food Services new mobile dining program was recognized as one of the best new dining concepts at a major university by the National Association of College & University Food Services. HFS received a Silver Award (2nd Place) in the Loyal E. Horton Dining Awards in the “Retail Sales – Multiple Concepts/Marketplace” category for large schools. This was the second Loyal E. Horton Award won by the University (HFS won the grand prize in 2003 for the Husky Den).

The award-winning entry featured a detailed exposition of the new mobile dining units now stationed around campus: Hot Dawgs, Red Square BBQ, Motosurf, Curbside 8 and Síganos. Menus, marketing, food preparation and various other activities surrounding the roll-out of the units, were incorporated into the entry. HFSs crack design team packaged the entry text with compelling graphics and layout in an eye-catching cover, giving the entry a polished and professional look.

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