Local foods featured in Cultivating Community Theme Dinner

Cultivating Community

Miami’s dining services is dedicated to seeking out locally purchased foods: During the 2012-2013 academic year, dining services sourced approximately $2.6 million in local/Ohio companies, representing 25 percent of its annual food budget.

The sixth annual Cultivating Community Theme Dinner, featuring traditional fall favorites and new entrees using locally grown, raised and produced ingredients, will be held 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24, at Miami University's Harris Dining Hall. The dinner, hosted by housing, dining, recreation and business services (HDRBS), is open to the entire community.

Students may use their meal plan; others may use cash, credit or payroll deduction for the $14.75 dinner.

enounter burger

A student enjoys a meal at MapleStreet Station's EnCounter, a premium burger venue that features all-natural beef raised at Reserve Run Farm in Oxford. Americas, one of the anchors of MaplesStreet, features Reserve Run Farm's pasture-raised poultry and beef - part of Miami's focus on local food.

The Cultivating Community Dinner menu includes:

Walnut Creek Cheeses 

Butternut Squash Soup

Roasted Ohio Amish Chicken

Roasted Vegetable Lasagna

Braised Cabbage with Apples & Bacon

Cauliflower Gratin

Roasted Squash with Butter & Sage

Salted Watermelon with Mint

Homemade Breads and Desserts

Young's Jersey Dairy Vanilla Ice Cream

Focus on Local Foods

Reserve Run Farm all-natural beef and pasture-raised poultry are featured in the new Maplestreet Station restaurants at EnCounter (premium burger venue) and at Americas, one of the two anchors of Maplestreet. Miami started a partnership last year with Drew Johnson (fourth generation Miamian) of Reserve Run. 

The farm's beef and poultry are also sold at Market Street at MacCracken, with other local foods such as Madisono’s Gelato and Sorbet, Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams and products from The Organic Farm at Bear Creek.  

Local apples appearing Sept. 22

In time for the autumnal equinox, fresh local apples from Downing Fruit Farm will be available at Market Street at MacCracken, Spring Street Market in Shriver Center and Bell Tower Place starting Sept. 22.  

Local Pumpkin Smoothies will be available beginning Oct. 1 at Bell Tower Place, Ovations and The Greystone.

Written by Susan Meikle, university news and communications,