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Farmers’ market, White House chef coming to UMass

By Collegian News Staff

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Today, the University of Massachusetts dining services will host a Farmers’ Market to showcase locally-grown crops, according to a UMass press release.

The press release explained that 16 farmers will be in attendance at the four dining commons to highlight their crops between 5 and 9 p.m.

That’s not the only big news coming from the dining section of campus, as White House pastry chef Ronald Mesnier will arrive on campus to create tasty treats for all UMass students to enjoy. According to the press release, Mesnier’s dishes will include “peach upside-down cake with raspberry sauce, honey custard, and apple cider brulee with maple syrup meringue.”

Aside from cooking, Mesnier will host a brief explanation of his career and experiences in the culinary arts. Additionally, his briefing will detail his experiences behind the scenes of the White House.

For students looking to catch Mesnier, he will be in the Berkshire Dining Commons from 7 to 7:45 p.m. on Sept. 20. Food sampling will be included.

The press release quoted executive director of auxiliary services Ken Toong when he said, “We are so fortunate to have Chef Mesnier and so many local farmers to join us to celebrate the local harvest. It will be a feast!” said Mesnier. “Currently, UMass Dining is purchasing 25 percent of produce locally, with the goal to increase to 27 percent in [Fiscal Year 2012].”

—    Collegian News Staff

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