Stony Brook University’s Simons Center Café and The Safina Center have been nominated as 2015 Local Heroes by Edible Long Island, part of the national Edible Communities family that is committed to the celebration of local food.
Voting is open now through February 18, and winners will be announced on February 22.
With four nominees in each of the five categories — Chef/Restaurant, Farm/Farmers, Food Shop/Market, Food/Beverage Artisan and Nonprofit/Advocate — the Edible Long Island awards celebrate the people, places and organizations at the heart of the local food movement.
The Simons Center Café, nominated in the Restaurant/Chef category, has a fresh and modern style that focuses on organically inspired French, Italian and American cuisines. The menu is crafted daily by Chef Paolo Fontana. The Café, located on the second floor of the Simons Center for Geometry and Physics, is open Monday through Friday, serving breakfast from 8:30 am to 10 am and lunch from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm. For reservations, call (631) 632-2881.
“The Simons Center Café at Stony Brook University is reinventing institutional cuisine,” said Edible Long Island. “Chef Paolo Fontana is wowing both students and the hungry public with his breakfasts and lunches.”
The Safina Center (formerly Blue Ocean Institute), nominated in the Nonprofit/Advocate category, studies how the ocean is changing and what these changes mean for wildlife and people. It was founded in 2003 by conservation pioneer and MacArthur fellow Carl Safina, and is built on three decades of his research, writing and policy work. Safina is the inaugural holder of the Carl Safina Endowed Research Professorship for Nature and Humanity at the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences at Stony Brook. He also co-chairs and teaches in the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at SBU.
“On the campus of Stony Brook University, Safina and his staff of scientists, writers and conservationists champion our shared oceans and sustainable seafood practices,” said Edible Long Island.