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UW-Madison Residence Halls Will Serve A Locally Grown, Organic Dinner October 10

Do you think that all dorm food is forgettable? If so, the University of Wisconsin-Madison Residence Halls Dining Service wants to change your mind. On Tuesday, Oct. 10, you can enjoy a delicious, healthy dorm dinner prepared from fresh, organically grown ingredients raised on Wisconsin farms.

“UW-Madison spends almost $10 million a year on food,” said meal organizer and UW-Madison student Janet Parker. “By participating in this meal, you can encourage UW-Madison to use this buying power to support Wisconsin”s family farmers and environmentally friendly agriculture.”

Dinner will be served from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Frank”s Place Dining Center on the UW-Madison campus. Frank”s Place is located behind Allen Centennial Gardens, between Observatory Drive and Lake Mendota, west of Babcock Drive. Parking is available in the residence hall lots (#32 and #34) after 4:30 p.m.

Both students and the public are invited. Most of the menu will come from family farms in southern and central Wisconsin. For $5.98, diners may select an entree, two side dishes, a dessert, and a beverage from a variety of choices.

According to Sue Olson, director of Frank”s Place, the menu will include a vegetable stew, vegetable stir-fry, veggie burgers, acorn squash, beets, a root vegetable mix, a wild rice dish, a baked potato bar, and apple cider. Hickory nut brownies, caramel apples, and a pear crisp are just a few of the desserts planned for this meal.

Meal sponsors include the UW-Madison Residence Halls Dining Service; the Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems, FH King Students of Sustainable Agriculture, and the Departments of Rural Sociology, Plant Pathology, and Soil Science at the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences; and the UW-Madison Institute for Environmental Studies.

Come to this meal and encourage UW-Madison to support family farmers and healthy eating! For more information, contact Janet Parker at (608) 265-7914 or