April 24, 2012
Cheryl Reitan | Associate Director of External Affairs | 218 726-8996 | firstname.lastname@example.org
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Local Food Source Provides Grass-Fed Beef
New menu items that honor sustainability and local flavor are making their debut at UMD. On Thursday, April 26, the campus community and the public are invited for a "Local Foods" dinner at the University of Minnesota Duluth in the Dining Center from 4:30-7:30p.m. The meal is $8.90+tax per person. The Sandy Hills Ranch sustainable meat producer, Troy Salzer, will be available for a "Meat and Greet" from 5-6 pm.
The buffet menu includes locally raised grass-fed beef hamburgers, homemade wild rice burgers, roasted potatoes and vegetables provided by Sandy Hills Ranch, as well as from the Food Farm in Wrenshall (Janaki Fisher Merritt). Dessert is fresh-baked Juneberry-rhubarb crisp with the berries grown and harvested on the UMD campus.
At the start of this week, the grass-fed burgers made their entrance on the menu at the Center Court Restaurant at UMD. Provided by Salzer's Sandy Hills Ranch, the cattle are raised on grassy fields in Barnum, Minnesota. They range free, and they have room to roam and forage. During taste tests on a variety of beef options, the Sandy Hills Ranch beef patties were selected hands-down.
"The flavor was phenomenal," said Claudia Engelmeier, food service buyer for UMD Dining Services. "You could really tell the difference. People were commenting on how good one particular burger tasted, and when they were told that it was locally raised, grass-fed beef, they were thrilled."