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Fresh-picked berry ideas

Tart, sweet and bright, a mix of berries on the menu is a sure sign of spring.

Mixed berry sparkling water

Elon University, Elon, N.C.

At Lakeside Dining Hall, one of the residential venues at Elon managed by the Harvest Table Culinary Group, a housemade simple syrup station next to a sparkling water tap means personalized beverages without all the traditional soda chemicals and preservatives. The Elon chefs rotate the flavors based on the seasons, offering three different flavors at a time.

Blueberry breakfast bark

Charlotte-Mecklenburg (N.C.) School District

Blueberry Day at Charlotte-Mecklenburg was a celebration of the “little blue dynamos,” featured in a breakfast bark in sample cups created by the US Highbush Blueberry Council. The kids loved the breakfast (and the literary companion, the classic Caldecott Award-wining children’s book, Blueberries for Sal), so blueberry bark will become a part of Berry Week this month.

blackberry_meringue.JPGBlackberry meringue

Boston College

This catering item from Boston College’s culinary team makes the most of the blackberry’s show-stopping natural form, perched on a mini lemon meringue tart, this dessert offers a refreshing departure from chocolate or cheesecake.

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