Friday, October 21, 2011

Food Day 2011

Mix one part farmers market, one part Rhode Island Locavores and Chef's, a large group of culinary students and a dash of folk music and you have Food Day!

On Friday October 21, 2011 the Johnson & Wales University Campus in Providence, Rhode Island celebrated their first ever Food Day at the Harborside Campus. The purpose of this food/farmer/culinary focused holiday is to bring together Americans from all walks of life—farmers, parents, teachers, and students; health professionals, community organizers, and local officials; chefs, school lunch providers, foodies and eaters of all stripes—to push for local, healthy, affordable food produced in a sustainable, humane way.  Food Day leaders, volunteers and supporters will work with people around the country to create thousands of events in homes, schools, churches, farmers markets, city halls, and state capitals

Actually Food Day is to be celebrated on October 24th each year and is backed by an impressive advisory board that includes chefs, farmers, anti-hunger advocates, physicians, authors, politicians as well as JWU's own Karl J. Guggenmos, the university dean of culinary education at Johnson & Wales.  Although the official Food Day celebration on on Monday October 24, 2011, JWU decided to celebrate a few days early due to the fact that there are typically no classes on Fridays, thus giving all of the students a chance to participate.

Chef William Idel, Department Chair for the JWU culinary bachelor degree program was the organizer of the event.  Chef Idel, was impressed with the turn out and thank full for the great New England autumnal weather.

Many thanks go out to the JWU chef's and student volunteers who participated in this great event as well as the the following vendors.
  • Agriculture in Westport
  • Allen Farms
  • BreadHitz- Chef Ciril Hitz
  • Confreda Farms
  • Farm Fresh RI
  • Fresh Point
  • Johnson & Wales Green Collaborative Garden
  • Metcalf-Franklin Farm
  • North Star Farm
  • Sid Wainer & Son
  • Southside Community Land Trust
  • The Local Catch

Menu Items Included the following:


Until I Blog Again: Eat Well, Live Life and Be Safe



  1. this looked very amazing and i wish i could of made it. this should be an annual thing. or even start having a farmers market every other weekend ? that would be awesome !!!! -MP

  2. It was a great time, thanks for the comment