University of Dubuque Dining Services Partner Presents Local Food Day

by | Sep 5, 2018 | Aladdin Press Releases

September is Local Foods Month

September 4, 2018, Dubuque, Iowa – The University of Dubuque will celebrate local foods with a “Local Food Day” on Thursday, Sept. 6, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Barbara and Jack Smeltzer Dining Hall, Peters Commons, on campus. The event is geared towards UD students, faculty, and staff.

Presented by UD’s dining services partner, Aladdin, the culinary team will feature culinary demonstrations and food samples from 10 local producers including O’Connell Organic Acres, a local organic farm that specializes in sustainable farming practices and humanely raising certified organic grass-fed beef, pork, and chicken.  Students will also be able to enjoy fresh apples and pears from Blue Bell Orchards, sweet corn on the cob from Fincel’s Sweet Corn, and donuts from Donut Boy – owned by Ed Gau, whose commitment to UD’s athletics has been undeniable through his countless hours volunteering as a referee, score keeper, and coach.

According to Andrew Mettert, Aladdin chef and director of dining services, “Since September is local food month, we wanted to feature and encourage students to sample fresh, healthy foods from local farms and producers.  This is an excellent way for students to get to know where their food comes from, meet the Aladdin dining team, and make some new friends!”

Other food stands students can sample from include Brakebush Chicken, Jones Dairy Farm, Country View Dairy, WW Homestead Dairy, Chesney Heartland Foods, and Sysco Foods.

The “Local Food Day” is offered as part of the meal plan to students. Cost for faculty, staff, and the general public is $7.


WHEN:  Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

WHERE:  University of Dubuque, 2000 University Ave., Dubuque, IA 52001 (Peters Commons)