WINNER: UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA
ENTRY: TRAILSIDE TASTE ALONG THE APPALACHIAN
THE BIG IDEA: With the famous Appalachian Trail terminating only about 80 miles from UGA's Athens campus, a theme meal celebrating the Trail is a natural. However, what sets this event apart is the meticulous preparation, the painstaking detail and the flawless execution. Not easy when you have to prepare for 8,200 meal plan customers.
Held concurrently in four campus dining commons last February 29th, it featured a menu incorporating special dishes from the inns and cafes that dot the Trail from Georgia to Maine as well as examples of “campfire cuisine.”
The event was designed to be educational, with informational materials and member of the Georgia Appalachian Trail Club available to answer questions about hiking the trail. Also on hand was the Georgia Outdoor Recreation Program with information about upcoming outdoor trips and a local camping equipment retailer (Half Moon Outfitters) with displays and demos.
As for the food, the menu included unusual trail concoctions like “spambalaya” and Limas With Ramps
PROJECT TEAM MEMBERS:
assistant manager, Appalachian Trail hiker and concept originator
chef, menu support
assistant manager for décor
Anthony Howell, Jessica Fox, Art DiFrancesco
J. Michael Floyd