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Campus Dining Food Fair: There is Such a Thing as Free Lunch

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From left: LaToya Broodie, Rhiana Reid and Eseosa Osayi (photo by John Griffin)

It’s axiomatic that if you want to draw students to an event you offer free food. They came out in droves on February 27 when Campus Dining held its annual Food Fair in the Students Activities Center (SAC) Ballroom A.

But the event has also become popular with faculty and staff, and even Wolfie, who wandered in to show off his cooking skills and presumably wolf down some food as well.

Maybe part of the lure was the chance to win a three-course dinner for five prepared by executive chef John Hutchison. Everyone attending the event qualified to win that prize by simply filling out a form indicating his or her top five palate-pleasers.

“This is breakfast, lunch and dinner. I could do this every Wednesday — if they have it, I’ll be here,” said student LaToya Broodie.

Soccer Club President David Song voted for the brandy saffron scallops and rice pilaf prepared by chef Romel Velasquez.

There are the faithful who show up every year such as Dini Zimmerman, from Audio Visual Services, who described this year’s fair as “the best so far.” She said that the way the tables were set up around the perimeter with a few islands in the middle, made sampling a wide variety of foods much easier.

Stony Brook Police Officer Pete Thompson, who was in the SAC Lobby handing out safety reflectors to students, was a first-time convert. “I had no idea this was going on,” he said.

It’s been growing every year,” said Campus Dining Marketing Manager Carly Shephard. “It’s not even Campus Lifetime yet,” she said as several hundred people milled about trying dishes such as raspberry milk chocolate mousse pops, chipotle gouda macaroni and cheese, and vegetable low mein.

Faculty Student Association Director of Marketing and Communications Angela Agnello was excited to show off new staff nutritionist Kristina Tiernan, who will also be featured at the March 13 Nutrition Fair at the SAC. You can email her for free advice on nutrition and healthy eating at, and it’s absolutely free.

— Glenn Jochum

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