Every Tuesday students are invited to enjoy a taste of something new. Each week Sodexo creates a fun themed menu for the Valley Cafe. While enjoying unique and delicious cuisine, the cafe is an opportunity for students to learn about different cultures and styles of cooking.
The Valley Cafe is a peaceful atmosphere for students to enjoy their unique lunch. I look forward to Tuesday lunch in the Cabaret, where the Valley Cafe is held between 11:30 – 1:30. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy eating in the Dining Hall, but it’s nice having the option to mix it up. It’s exciting to see the new theme each week and what will be served. The themes can correspond with the month such as purple dishes for P.S. I Love You Day or a menu paying tribute to Black History Month in February. In addition, other interesting themes are incorporated such as Appreciate the Bees, serving honey inspired dishes, as well as a theme incorporating ingredients considered brain food. Students are also encouraged to e-mail Sodexo with ideas for upcoming weeks.
Personally one of my favorite Tuesdays at the Valley Cafe was when my taste buds were transported to Greece. Warm falafels, lamb shawarma, and pita filled my plate, with a Greek Salad on the side. All the dishes were flavorful and complemented each other nicely. I was able to enjoy my Greek meal in a relaxed setting while watching a slideshow providing information about Greece and the traditional cuisine.
Most recently on February 26, Marist Dining provided a fun Chocolate Factory themed menu for students with an insatiable appetite for chocolate. The options included Spicy Tomato and Chocolate soup, Mozzarella Strawberry Salad with Chocolate Balsamic Dressing, Charred Cauliflower and Shishito Peppers with Picada Sauce and Mole Poblano Chicken. Finally for dessert, Chocolate Ganache Cake and Thin Mint Cookies were served.
The food was absolutely spectacular. The balance between sweetness and spiciness was perfect. I loved the cauliflower and shishito peppers with the rich picada sauce. I was not the only one obsessing over the meal, as everyone eating in the Cabaret could not get enough. Per usual at the Valley Cafe, all the students were in line for seconds, filling their plates with more!
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