Unity, Maine – October, 2013 – Each year Unity College’s award-winning Dining Services department holds a Hunters and Huggers dinner to spotlight its “buy local” and sustainable approach. It is an approach that is in-keeping with the College’s first in the nation focus on sustainability science, the leading-edge of 21st century transdisciplinary (collaborative) environmental problem solving.
Sara Trunzo ’08, Farm and Food Projects Coordinator, praised the leadership shown by the Dining Services Department, pointing to the vision provided by Lorey Duprey, Dining Services Director.
“When Lorey founded the Hunters and Huggers meal, it was originally in September,” noted Trunzo. “But this year the meal has been moved to coincide with Food Day, a nationwide celebration for the movement towards a healthy, affordable and sustainable food system.”
Food Day is a national day of organizing around food issues, including food security, sustainability, and nutrition. By choosing this date, Unity College connects its students to a national conversation about food policy.
Unity College has long supported local food systems, farmers, and growers. Early in 2013, Unity College became the first institutional account for Maine’s Own Organic Milk (MOOMilk), an organic dairy cooperative.
The dinner on October 24 features a menu of local products related to the dinner’s hunting and agricultural / organic theme.
The 2013 Hunters and Huggers dinner will take place in the Unity College cafeteria, Wyman Commons in North / South Founders Hall, on Thursday, October 24, 90 Quaker Hill Road, Unity, from 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. The cost for diners without a food card is $8 per person.
The menu features:
• Caprese salad
• Assorted Maine cheeses
• Roast of venison
• Fresh Maine lobster
• Zucchini tomato tart
• Vegan strudel
• Roasted local fingerling potatoes
• Home made breads with local Aroostook flour
• Chocolate zucchini cake
• Indian pudding
• Maple creams
The dinner is the brainchild of Duprey, a Maine native with strong ties to the dairy industry. Her vision was to incorporate Maine’s local food systems and its history into the recent buy-local trend through a special event.
“Dining services at Unity College purchases local whenever possible and each year works to increase the percentage of local food served,” noted Duprey. “Unity College’s focus on sustainability permeates the entire campus culture, and that includes serving vegetables grown on campus in the dining commons.”
“Our students consider it important to know where their food comes from,” said Trunzo. “The Hunters and Huggers dinner highlights Maine’s local food traditions, and presents a variety of approaches to sustainable dining.”
In recent years Unity College has gained national attention for a variety of achievements including: its focus on sustainability science, the leading-edge of 21st century ecological problem solving and the vanguard in the fight for the mitigation of global climate change; its ground-breaking “green” innovations such as the award-winning TerraHaus, the first student residence on a college or university campus built to the Passive House standard, the most energy efficient building standard in the world; and for being the first college in the United States to divest from investments in fossil fuels, igniting a growing national movement in higher education.
Unity College is a private college in rural Maine that provides dedicated, engaged students with a liberal arts education that emphasizes the environment and natural resources. Unity College graduates are prepared to be environmental stewards, effective leaders, and responsible citizens through active learning experiences within a supportive community.