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September 26, 2011

Seventh Annual Eat Local Challenge Highlights Fresh Food at Wheaton College

On Tuesday, September 27th, lunchtime diners at Wheaton College’s Anderson Commons will enjoy the locally sourced fruits of the seventh annual Eat Local Challenge.

The Eat Local Challenge is an initiative of Bon Appétit, the restaurant management company that provides food services to the campus. With the exception of salt, all ingredients served at lunch will come from local food artisans and small farms within 150 miles of campus.

The event is designed to call guests’ attention to delicious, freshly picked food and to the flavor, environmental, and economic benefits of eating straight from the farm.

For this year’s Eat Local Challenge, Executive Chef Patrick Cassata of Wheaton College will highlight the Midwest’s best ingredients with dishes that include whole wheat flour-dusted pork, lightly fried and topped with a house made chili garlic sauce, as well as beef pot roast with fresh local vegetables prepared with produce from local purveyors such as Ted’s Organics, Nichols Farm, Twin Oaks Farm and Heartland Farms Beef.

“This is my third year of the Eat Local Challenge, and it never gets old. I really enjoy being reminded of how Bon Appétit uses the kitchen to nourish not only people, but also local economies, and the planet,” Cassata says. “As a chef, I love giving some well-deserved attention to the farmers and artisans who grow our food, bringing people together around good food, and at the same time minimizing the impact of our food choices on the earth,”

Members of the community are always welcome to come to campus for an all-you-can-eat dining experience at Anderson Commons, located in the Todd M. Beamer Student Center at 421 North Chase Street on the campus of Wheaton College. Breakfast is available for $6.45, lunch for $9.00, and dinner for $10.30.

Additionally, Bon Appetit serves the community through its From Our House to Yours program, a weekly menu of gourmet meals designed, portioned, and packaged to serve four people. Its dining operations at Wheaton College were recognized as #1 in the Best College Food category by the Princeton Review. For more information, visit


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