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BEST SPECIAL EVENT WINNER 2011: ARAMARK AT STEPHEN F. AUSTIN STATE UNIVERSITY

BEST SPECIAL EVENT WINNER 2011: ARAMARK AT STEPHEN F. AUSTIN STATE UNIVERSITY

Using Food to Forge Closer Campus Community Ties

WINNER: ARAMARK AT STEPHEN F. AUSTIN STATE UNIVERSITY

ENTRY: AFRICAN FOOD FESTIVAL

THE BIG IDEA: The African Food Festival in the spring of 2010 at Stephen F. Austin State University was a product of teamwork among the school's Aramark-managed dining services, its Multicultural Affairs Dept. and the student group [email protected] to develop an African themed event that featured authentic dishes from different regions of the continent.

Six different countries were slated to be represented — Nigeria, South Africa, Cameroon, Liberia, Ghana and Kenya — covering the continent from East to west and north to south (excluding the culturally separate lands in the north separated from the rest of the continent by the Sahara desert). All of the recipes used in the event menu were authentic ones passed down from generations by student families. The dining team worked hard to secure authentic ingredients, going so far as to source plantains from Miami since no local suppliers carried them.

The festival was innovative because it not only provided the usual “routine breaker” function of a themed event at a campus, but an educational one as well that also helped cement a relationship with important constituencies within the campus community.

PROJECT TEAM MEMBERS:

ARAMARK SITE TEAM

Marvin Grand
Senior Food Service Director

Alison Jenkins
Marketing Coordinator

Glen Tomlinson
Location Manager

Carla Thomas
Production Supervisor

STEPHEN F. AUSTIN STATE UNIVERSITY

Samuel A. Smith
Director of Student Services / Student Center

Dr. Terrence Frazier
Director of Multicultural Affairs

Nadine Sangang
Lilian-Moreen Asaba

Student Leaders for Africans @ Heart

ARAMARK REGIONAL SUPPORT

Jerry Dean
District Manager

Alyson Kirchner
Senior District Marketing Manager

TAGS: Aramark
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