Georgetown joins online food publication, Spoon University
Yep, that’s the weird little icon so many of your friends have posted online.
Last week, Georgetown made its debut on online food publication, Spoon University. Spoon University is a publication for students, by students that connects college campus food communities nationwide.
Spoon University’s goal is to make “food more than just sustenance” for college students. Covering everything from cheap and delicious local restaurants, to tricks for eating in college dining halls, to recipes to curing hangovers, Spoon University helps “encourage exploration and conversation about food to help students navigate what the hell is going on in their dorms, dining halls, and tiny apartment kitchens.”
Anne Gilliland (COL ’16) and Victoria Goodell (COL ’16) had the vision of starting Georgetown’s chapter of Spoon University this year, when they realized that their passion for food and writing could be merged into one fruitful project that they truly believe could benefit the Georgetown community.
“So many students, myself included, grew up having their parents make the majority of the food decisions for their families. When students get to college, they are lost and do not know how to incorporate food into their lives in creative, effective, and most importantly, simple ways,” said Goodell.
Sometimes an easy and healthy meal is all busy and exhausted college students need to get through a rough week, especially during high-stress times like midterms and finals. However, writers for Georgetown’s Spoon website want to remind Georgetown students that food is not only supposed to help us maintain healthy and active lives, but also taste good and be something to look forward to. For this reason, writers for Georgetown’s Spoon website work to cater to the needs of the Georgetown community, whether that means through creating simple recipes for the dreaded Leo’s dining experience or suggesting restaurants to try out around the District.
“We hope students see just how much you can actually cook and eat with the resources you already have be that a Village A kitchen or even the modest common room kitchens. We will run articles about how to be creative in Leo’s – one of our writer’s, Charlie, recently wrote an article about how to make his favorite Wisey’s sandwich in Leo’s. We also have plenty of restaurant reviews going up too so that students can explore Georgetown and D.C. in general through food. Basically, we never want your eating experience at Georgetown to be boring, repetitive, or feel like a chore,” said Gilliland.
And in addition to helping the Georgetown student-body, these writers are gaining skills by learning to work for an established publication and business. Georgetown’s Spoon University staff is comprised of three separate teams that work to produce articles that meet the needs of Georgetown students.
As Goodell says, in addition to helping the Georgetown student body, “we are a very pre-professional group where students can learn about publishing, photography, marketing, and business.” Not to mention the community building such a project can do.
Through Spoon University, Georgetown students will have greater knowledge of the access they have to restaurants, whether cheap eats or sophisticated dining, food trucks, or farmers markets.
And, on account of Georgetown Spoon University’s philanthropy and outreach committee, will have greater opportunity to help those who suffer from hunger in D.C. head of philanthropy, Elizabeth Rich (COL ’16), is already working on organizing philanthropy events with various D.C. organizations and encourages students to check the website and keep their eyes peeled if interested in volunteering. As of now they have planned a trip to D.C. Central Kitchen’s food bank to help stock and supply.
“Most people at Georgetown don’t know that hunger is a huge problem in the District, so it is my goal to raise awareness of this problem on campus and organize events to help give back to the community and combat this problem. Healthy eating and fitness are also main tenets of Spoon, so partnerships with local restaurants, food trucks, and farmers markets will be set up in the future,” said Rich.
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