The judges panel had no easy task deciding the winning dish at the 3rd Annual Vermont First Localvore Challenge last week. Hosted by last year’s reigning champs, St. Michael’s College, nine Sodexo Vermont campuses gathered together under the auspices of year-long bragging rights to see who would be the 2017 Localvore Champion: the creator of the best dish featuring Vermont ingredients.
As each campus arrived and unveiled their localvore creation, it was clear that each chef team came to win. While there was an eventual winner, it’s important that the goals of the Challenge are not lost:
Empower our chefs to be creative with their use of local ingredients, especially during a time of year that is typically challenging to source local ingredients in Vermont.
Strengthen partnerships with the local producers we source from, both for the Challenge and for our daily dining operations.
Create the culture of sharing ideas to incorporate new local ingredients or dishes into our regular menus.
Raise student awareness about our Vermont First commitment to buy local products and recognition of our chefs’ culinary skills. A great time for our up-and-coming chefs to demonstrate their prowess in the kitchen!
A rare opportunity for our campus Chefs and General Managers to gather together and meet students from different campuses.
Prepare to get hungry as you scroll through the pictures of each campus’ entry!
Congratulations to all nine campuses who participated, and an additional congratulations to the 2017 Winner – for the second year in a row, St. Michael’s College!
After St. Michael’s College, the results were:
#2 – Lyndon State College
#3 – Castleton State College
#4 – UVM
For additional coverage of the day, check out the following news stories!