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Franklin Pierce Hosts Culinary Showcase

October 2, 2013

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Sodexo, Franklin Pierce University’s dining services provider, hosted a lunchtime competition on Sept. 25 at the University’s Campus Center Dining Hall. Chefs from Sodexo locations at seven New Hampshire colleges and universities participated. Each team prepared and served a dish from an assigned country, using as many fresh, local New England ingredients as possible.

The participating teams and their countries were Colby-Sawyer College, North Africa; Daniel Webster College, Mexico; Franklin Pierce University, Spain; Keene State College, Italy; Plymouth State University, Southern France; Rivier University, Greece; and Southern New Hampshire University, Thailand. Sodexo invited students to try all the dishes, interact with the chefs, and learn about the local foods used in the dishes.

“The Franklin Pierce team prepared garlic-shrimp tapas, vegan Spanish gazpacho, two kinds of crostini, roasted green beans with aioli, and a Spanish marinated New York sirloin roast,” said Franklin Pierce’s Sodexo General Manager Matthew Vaillette. “This is the third year of the semiannual competition,” he said. “In the five competitions before this, Franklin Pierce has won once and come in second once.”

The winning team will be announced after a similar event in Vermont, Vaillette said. But everyone who attended the event and sampled the delicacies came out a winner. “I was surprised by some of the combinations of foods that we don’t usually see in our country,” said Franklin Pierce junior James Terry, from Southport, Conn. “It was a good mix.”




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Franklin Pierce University is a regionally accredited university grounded in the liberal arts, with a focus on personal attention and high-quality instruction. The University consists of the College at Rindge and the College of Graduate & Professional Studies with locations in Arizona and throughout New Hampshire. Degrees are offered through the doctoral level. The institutional mission embraces an education that matters: one that achieves academic success through the integration of liberal arts and professional programs. Our community of educators and learners creates an environment that fosters intellectual curiosity and encourages experiential and applied learning. A Franklin Pierce experience enables each student to discover and fulfill his or her own unique potential. We prepare students to become confident, knowledgeable individuals and leaders of conscience.

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