July 25, 2017

tri-image of vegetables, plants and prepared food with summit informationDuring the week of June 20th FSCN undergraduate student Jamie Freier and graduate student Bill Lendway attended the Menus of Change Summit in Hyde Park, New York. This event was hosted by the Culinary Institute of America and is an ongoing joint effort in concert with the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health to create change in foodservice, focusing on the health of both people and the planet.

This trip was the culmination of a project developed by the students in Dr. Len Marquart’s FSCN 4732 Food and Nutrition Management class and spearheaded by students Jamie Freier and Emily Moore. Students developed a proposal to create change within the University of Minnesota’s foodservice system and presented this to representatives from Aramark, our department head Dr. Kumar Mallikarjunan and CFANS Dean Brian Buhr.

While in New York, Jamie and Bill made many connections with other schools who are part of the Menus of Change University Research Collaborative. This collaborative was started by Stanford University and the Culinary Institute of America and now represents 49 colleges and universities. They learned about successful examples of change, successful better foodservice business models, ways of creating these changes and improvements, and many of the aspects of foodservice which should be addressed to create improvements in health, quality and sustainability. These ideas will be presented and discussed at a Jeffersonian Dinner in August featuring a local, plant-forward menu including many foods grown on the University of Minnesota campus. The duo also hopes to bring speakers from the Culinary Institute of America and the Menus of Change Research Collaborative in the future for our departmental seminar series.

Many thanks to Dr. Mallikarjunan, Dean Buhr and Dr. Marquart for their support in attending this event.

To learn more about the Menus of Change, visit http://www.menusofchange.org/about/. To learn more about the Culinary Institute of America, the World’s Premiere Culinary College, visit https://www.ciachef.edu/.