Looking for an alternative to the dining hall? Need lunch after class? Want to use one of your meal swipes on something new and exciting?

Every Tuesday from 11:30 to 1:30 the Valley Café is held in the Cabaret in the Student Center. Since 2010, the Valley Café has provided a weekly buffet lunch designed by Marist’s Chef Anthony Legname. Each meal is designed around a theme that can include anything from a significant date in food history, a country or a cultural experience. Some of the Chef’s favorite themes from the past include those for Leonardo Da Vinci, African Celebration, Bollywood and Halloween. The menu is concentrated around the theme and the food itself is prepared from all local ingredients (those sourced within 150 miles of the college). The name itself (“Valley” Café) is a play on words for the Hudson Valley, the region Marist calls home and where many of the ingredients come from.

EmPic1Each meal is fresh, flavorful and one you will not forget. The Valley Café allows guests to taste something new and also enjoy some of their favorites in as many helpings of meal, dessert and drink as they would like through the buffet style. So far this semester I have eaten Czech food, French food and Burmese food. The France meal was definitely my favorite. The Chicken Fricassee and Braised Tomatoes melted in my mouth and a Raspberry Financier cookie satisfied my sweet tooth at the end. I’m always impressed by the quality of each meal, no matter what the theme.

EmPic2EmPic3The Valley Café is an educational opportunity in both the theme it represents and in the benefits of local sourcing. Every meal we eat, there is more than just what we see on our plate. Every dish has a story of growth and origin, hard work and cost that, when appreciated, make the food that much more delicious. Re-establishing this connection is what the Valley Café stands for.

I encourage students and faculty to attend the Valley Café on Tuesdays for a fun, delicious meal! If you’d like to read more about the Valley Café and the details on upcoming events, please view my blog as part of my senior capping project.

Happy eating!

Emily Baksa


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