Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Bulldogs Like Good Food Open House - and - Growinng the U Real Food Retreat

For all of you who like food, especially good food... check this out!
2 events that might pique your interest!


Come check out and learn about the new student group that, when it comes to food... "we are ALL ABOUT IT!"

Wednesday March 26th
1pm - 3:45pm
TV Lounge - Kirby KSC 273B

Join us for tea and who knows what other surprises.
(prizes.. did someone say prizes?)
And there may even be prizes!
-AND... learn more about the event below.. Growing the U. 

GROWING THE U: University of MN Real Food Retreat 
Students from U of M schoolsStudent leaders, and not YET student leaders, are invited to Growing the U: The University of Minnesota System Uniting for Real Food -- a retreat to cultivate campaigns & projects to further campus commitments to community-based, resilient, fair food systems.

April 4-6
University of Minnesota - Duluth

Growing the U will be an opportunity to build community with student leaders from throughout the University of Minnesota system, cultivate a vision & plan for commitments to sustainability & justice in our campus & community food systems, and develop our leadership & organizing skills to enact our plans.
In addition to sharing meals and exploring the Duluth-area food system together, the retreat will include workshops and open time to explore:

  • challenges & opportunities in campus food systems
  • power, privilege, and oppression in the food system
  • strategic campaign-planning
  • group dynamics & facilitation
  • University of Minnesota system-wide network-building
  • The Real Food Calculator and Campus Commitment from the national Real Food Challenge student network

REGISTER NOW to reserve your spot! Registration costs only $20 for all food, housing, meeting space, and programming for the weekend.
Contact with any questions

We hope to see you soon!
--- Growing the U Planning Crew
  • Saba Andualem, Judy Breuer, Caitlin Nielson - University of Minnesota Duluth
  • Heidi Eger & Peter Kvale - University of Minnesota Morris
  • Laura Dorle - University of Minnesota Twin Cities
  • Katie Blanchard & Lindsay Guthrie - Real Food Challenge

Monday, November 25, 2013

EVENT - A Food Happening! Tues Dec 3rd

Students, faculty, and staff come to a

“A Food Happening”

Bringing together people who love food and want to talk about it!

Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Griggs Center
2:30-4:30 PM (come when you can)
Snacks provided


·         Presenting results of UMD Food Trends Survey by senior Health Education Major, Judy Breuer  (3 PM)

·         Announcing new name for B. A. Sc. Degree in health education – now B. A. Sc. Degree in Public Health Education and Promotion

·         Gathering of groups representing food communities of UMD 
  • Connect with UMD staff and student groups that have interest in all things food.
  • Page through the Dorm Good Food Cookbook.
  • Discover how you can join the new student group BULLDOGS LIKE GOOD FOOD!
  • Talk to members of our food committee on campus.
  • UMD has student health coaches. HERO
  • Jean Rodvold, our dietitian, will be there along with Chef Tom Linderholm from Dining Services to provide exciting taste opportunities.
  • GnarFoodz
  • UMD Edible Landscape Gardens
  • And more...
  • And, of course there is snack enjoyment!

Come, eat, talk, connect!

Thursday, November 21, 2013

A Soiree of Seasons - A great success and celebration

Baby plants for the farm.
Wednesday November 13th a celebration honoring, celebrating and creating awareness around the UMD farm was held at Sacred Heart.  A beautiful space for an amazing event.

UMD's Dining Services have been using local produce from the UMD Food Farm... along with other local farms.... for the past few years.

"In 2011, UMD Food Services served 3,000 pounds of produce from the UMD farm. That number increased to 4,400 pounds in 2012 and this year’s number has more than doubled: 11,000 pounds have been delivered to UMD so far this year."

below are pictures from the event. Check them out!
Much of the food served was from the farm and was DELICIOUS!

Pumplin Soup. - delicious soup and stunning soup bowls!

UMD Chef Tom Linderholm
beside his AMAZING creations


UMD Food Farm Fresh Veggies!

Great turnout, conversations and connections

Need a holiday gift?
The SAP t-shirts  - Clever unique design
Proudly wear your support
For details

Did you know SAP has their own Media Productions?

And... WHO took best dressed for the evening?
You were undoubtedly looking pretty snazzy Lino... however..

You have to admit...
The fella on the right took the cake!

David Johnson, Evan Timmerman, Kendra Larson, and Ryan Lunen - Entomology Club at UMD
And Mr. Scare Crow, of course.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

DORM GOOD FOOD - Student created cookbook fundraiser - Order today!


A collaboration of students and staff from UMD and St. Scholastica

A student cookbook is finally here!
Dorm Good Food is a student cookbook that gives countless recipes that are easily made with appliances found in a dorm room. There are recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, soups, salads, or snacks.

This 100-page cookbook is only $10 for students and $15 for nonstudents.

A great thing about this cookbook is $6 of every cookbook sold is going to help the Hartley Nature Center build gardens! Hartley is planning to put in plants that change with the seasons and that can be harvested an interacted with by kids and the community. The mission of the Hartley Nature Center is: “The Hartley Nature Center is dedicated to inspiring lifelong connections with nature through education, play, and exploration". Hartley is an important part of our community and our goal is to raise $1,000 to give Hartley their foundation for all the plants to grow in! However, we would love to go beyond that, here are some other goals:

            $5,000: pathways/borders for the gardens
            $4,000: Shade perennials
            $500: Gardening tools, gloves, etc. for kids to use

Please help us in this great cause and get an invaluable cookbook! If you are interested in purchasing the cookbook or if you have more questions, please send us an email at Once ordered the cookbooks should take only a week to get in!

OR come to A FOOD HAPPENING on Tuesday Dec. 3rd between 2:30-4:30 in Griggs and check it out live and in living color.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Toaster Triumph! NEW - Gluten Free Friendly Toaster in D.C. - Just ask 'em for it!
Gluten Friendly Toaster upon request in the Dining Center.

Thank You Jean Rodvold!! (Our on-site, here to assist students and staff dietitian.)

Want your gluten free bread toasty warm but aren't able to use the regular toaster due to cross contamination??

Happy GF toaster = Happy GF you! :)

First of all, hats off to you for you for recognizing and sticking to your food need boundaries and taking care of yourself... as frustrating as that can feel at times.

But, NOW there is a solution to the empty trembling desire for toasted  fulfillment in your morning! A gluten free toaster triumph of sorts if you will!

Jean has put a gluten free bread toaster in the D.C. for your toasting pleasure.   All you have to do is ask!  It is kept in a safe and secure place to save it from the threat of the accidental intrusion of wheat crumbs. Ask them to take you there!

NOTE - If you ask a staff member and they are new or unaware of the toaster please ask them to get a manager to assist you. They are there to assist you and your food needs.

(Remember.. the D.C. is a faculty friendly dining option at UMD.)

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

UMD students supporting sustainable living, good food and Lincoln Park Initiatives! GO GNARFOODZ!

Yes, I admit... it is a little bit lazy, or perhaps just utilizing resources... that's what they teach us anyway... , to re post a story from the UMD Statesman, but I really believe Gnarfoodz deserves a second go round and shout out.   


Why is that you ask??
  • A group of UMD students came together...
  • grew food in their yard
  • found other land to grow more food
  • made good stuff with that and other good food
  • inspired other community members to help them in their mission offering Gnarfoodz a hand. (more than they could use... GO DULUTH COMMUNITY!)
  • sold what they grew and made at farmers markets
  • Committed to the new Lincoln Park Farmers Market in west Duluth.
  • Helping to educate about food, health and sustainability!
Read the full story in the Statesman by clicking here.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

UMD's Very Own Sweet Pea - Did you know UMD offeres a Sustainability Certificate??

Dedication to getting the word out about UMD's Sustainability Certificate!


Earlier this month UMD celebrated Food Day with tours, talks by those who work on the UMD farm and best of all veggies served at the dining locations grown at the farm. It's a great time to mention another way departments at UMD are working to broaden our opportunities for education around our food and food systems.  You may know that UMD offers both undergraduate and masters degrees in sustainability, but are you aware that Continuing Education offers a go at your own pace five-module  Sustainable Food Systems Certificate. Click here to check it out the details!

By the way...  - The UMD farm veggies served on UMD's Food Day were fantastic!
The corn was so tasty it needed no butter or seasoning!
Thanks SAP!

Sushi Mondays! WOO HOO!

If you haven't been up in the food court on a Monday for lunch... I highly recommend swinging on by with an appetite for Sushi.

Zen Roll
The ZEN HOUSE steps in and takes over the DAILY SPECIAL and makes sushi on site here at UMD right in front of you at the Daily Special.

The menu last Monday...
California roll
-Crab Surimi, avocado and cucumber

Zen Roll
-smoked salmon, cream cheese and avocado

NOT A SUSHI FAN! They have you covered!
Chicken Teriyaki Rice Bowl
(Soy sauce has gluten for those who need to be aware of that)

Teriyaki Chicken Rice Bowl

This is brand new yet they already have visions to evolve and expand. Tom, UMD.s Executive Chef, says that there are plans in a few months to have sushi in the Grab and Go on additional days. For now, we have Mondays to look forward to. Keep an eye out for new things to come as this delicious collaboration gets under way.  

A great tasting, exciting and welcome addition!

California Roll
Daily Special in sushi making action

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

May Food Trends Survey – Surprising Insights.

If you were part of the UMD Health Services UMD Food Trend Survey last May you may recall that there was a question collecting details on vegetarian eating at UMD.

Here is how the percentages broke down for the 818 who took the survey
Six percent of those who responded said they would consider themselves a vegetarian

We broke that down even further to have a more detailed understanding

OF the 6% (46 respondents)
Flexitarain – 34 %  (usually eat veg but occasionally have meat)
Lacto-ovo -  28 %  (will eat eggs and dairy)
Pescatarian  - 21 %  (no animal eat, will eat fish)
Vegan – 6 %  (No meat fish eggs or dairy)
Pollo  - 4 %  (will eat poultry and some fish)
Ovo – 2 %  (include eggs no dairy)
Raw – 2 %  (eat unprocessed foods and all foods not cooked over 115 degrees)

We had zero responses saying they were lacto vegetarians, (those that eat dairy and no eggs) and zero on the macrobiotic diet (consists of grains, fruits, veg. no meat and some fish)

What was surprising you might be asking.
For me it was looking at the numbers above alongside the numbers of people with food sensitivities and allergies.

Almost 17% (128 respondents) said they have a food sensitivity or allergy.

On a VERY quick and not complete count of those with food sensitivities 51 people said they have a dairy allergy or sensitivity.  That is 5 more people than are vegetarian of any type.  It is worth mentioning that there may be some overlap of those with dairy sensitivity and those who classify themselves as vegetarians; however it does not necessary follow to be the case. There are many who do not eat dairy due to an allergy or sensitivity who do not consider themselves a vegetarian. They just don’t eat diary due to a physical reaction.

Dairy and gluten were the most common allergen or sensitivity that I saw mentioned on the list . Again, in a quick look, 28 people say they have an allergy or sensitivity to gluten/wheat. 

This was eye opening data for me for sure. I expected the numbers of vegetarian and the numbers with food sensitivities and allergies to have much less of a gap in percentages. I actually thought the vegetarian numbers would be higher than they were. In my experience of working with many who have a food allergy or sensitivity there is the feeling that pretty much anywhere we go it seems easier to find vegetarian options labeled and available, than it is to find foods or find out what is in food so we can avoid the options that make us sick or threaten our lives. Thank goodness this is something that is changing all over.

Judy Breuer

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Health Services Food Trends Survey - THANK YOU for participating! (Prize winners' notification with-in the week)

A HUGE thank you and deep appreciation to each and everyone of the over 800 people who took their valuable time during finals to participate in the UMD Food Trend survey that I along with Health Services conducted at the end of spring semester. It is my capstone project as an Intern with UMD Health Services. 

The results are in, the data is being examined and the winners are being contacted.

Keep an eye out for an email within the next week for prize winning notification. Perhaps YOU are one of the lucky 16. 

Thank you again to all the community partners and their support and donations...
UMD DIning Services
Sarah's Table
Whole Foods Co-op
How Sweet it is Bakery
Duluth Grill

And thank you to Health Services for the honor and opportunity providing an amazing internship experience. 

Judy Breuer

Local Food, Gluten Free Options and Update on Nutrition and Allergen Information Availability

Check it out! Jean, our Dietitian, has been working hard to make this information available for everyone.  Check out the details below.   Thank you Jean!
Jean, UMD Dietition says... 
Want to know more about UMD food & nutrition? Nutrition and allergen information is now available at the Dining Center, Food Court & Northern Shores Coffee House! In the Food Court, look for signs posted near the Burger Hub, Daily Special, and Taste of Italia. At the Dining Center, signs are posted daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner entrees as well as the salad bar, sandwich bar. and soups. Information is available upon request at Northern Shores Coffee House, just ask your Batista!

Also, check out the website for more allergy-related information:
Interested in eating local? UMD Dining Services is using UMD Farm produce in all of its dining locations, look for signs stating "UMD Farm Fresh Vegetables."

Do you need to eat gluten-free? UMD offers a number of gluten-friendly options, including gluten free breads and buns at both the Dining Center & Food Court locations. Northern Shores Coffee House offers Udi's Gluten Free muffins and bagels, as well as Hope's Country Fresh Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies.

Coming Soon! Nutrition & allergen information for UMD dining locations will be available online! Visit the Dining Services website at

Have Questions? Contact Jean Rodvold, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist for Dining Services with any nutrition or allergen related questions: or 218-726-8345

Friday, May 10, 2013

FOOD SURVEY - Let your voice be heard... students, staff and faculty!

Be you student, staff or faculty, we want to hear what you have to say!

WARNING! Reading further may earn you the chance to win gift certificates to Whole Foods Co-op, Duluth Grill, Sara's Table, How Sweet It Is Bakery and our very own Dining Services!

I am an intern with Health Services as a Community Health Education Major here at UMD. Part of my internship has been to create a survey that will help inform Health Services of food trends, needs and interests of those at UMD. 

It is here and ready to go!

My goal is to not only reach those who participate in the dining locations at UMD but also those who do not for what ever reason.  We'd like to know what you would like to see, your needs and how you might be served better. Don't feel shy about telling us what you like either!  We LOVE to know what is working too!

The survey takes about 7 minutes... it will be open until Friday May 24th.  (I know it is a crazy time with finals...  just don't forget! :)

Thank you for your help in attempting to reach our goal of 1,000 survey respondents!

Your feedback really is very valuable to us.


A huge THANK YOU!! to all the community partners who generously provided fantastic prizes!  Thank you very much for your support!

UMD Dining Services