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The Best College for Food in America
By The Daily Meal | Shine Food – Mon, Jun 17, 2013 8:11 AM EDT
The Daily Meal went big, setting out to determine the best in campus dining across the nation - from small liberal arts colleges to Big Ten mega-universities. In an epic study, we examined the dining programs at every four-year college in America - more than 2,000 of them. What we found was both frightening and impressive.
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From blind taste tests to ensure the highest-quality products and locally sourced tofu to a schedule of rotating pan-Asian cuisine, when it comes to food at least, colleges are providing students with plenty to write home about. Many are even giving local restaurants a run for their money.
Our methodology? To come up with The Best College for Food in America, we looked to several sources - college dining services awards, respected college lists like the Princeton Review, news stories, and our own interviews. Our focus was not only on the actual food, but schools’ dining programs as a whole.
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Our choice for Best College for Food in America is:
Virginia Tech (Blacksburg, Va.)
This Blacksburg, Va., campus boasts an award-winning dining plan. No stranger to the National Association of College & University Food Service awards - the Academy Award of collegiate dining - this university features dishes like whole-wheat penne pasta with sun-dried tomatoes, sautéed chicken breast, prosciutto, and gorgonzola.
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Want to discuss existentialism while you break bread with your philosophy professor? There’s a way to do just that: VT’s “Dine with Faculty” program allows students to take a faculty member out to eat on the university’s dime once per month.
Passionate about sustainability, VT is home to the Farms & Fields Project, a venue that is completely local, sustainable, and organic. On the menu: apple chutney and Cheddar panini - organic Granny Smith apples with onion, red-wine vinegar, brown sugar, orange peels, fresh ginger, and local cheese served on locally made organic bread. In addition, VT dining partnered with the Virginia Tech Meat Science Center and serves meats produced and processed on campus. Um, wow.
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For those with a green thumb, The Dining Services Garden at Kentland Farm is a great place engage in the community while growing the fruits and veggies that fuel Hokies. If you are more of a carnivore, VT has several outdoor grills for student use on campus. Undergrads can buy food and charcoal for a fun, backyard barbecue with their Flex Dollars.
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This university topped our list for its incredible food, student engagement,and commitment to all things local and sustainable. It truly exceeded our wildest expectations for college dining.
Click here to see other top colleges for food in America
-Nina Fomufod, The Daily Meal
The Best College for Food in America
The Hokies are looking for the future so we got a prospect camp lined up to kick off today June 2 013. The day starts with registration at 9 am til 10:15. Then the day while begin with a stretch on Virginia Tech’s soccer field that is preparation for the 40 yard dash a burst of speed and power and one of the quickest ways to get noticed. The side shows are the pro shuttle which is a change of direction drill that test a players stop and start motion. Also on display will be your explosion off the ground with the vertical jump. After this energy bursting session there is an intermission for a lunch and a 45 minute break to get recharge the batteries of prospects.
After intermission or for better words half time the offensive portion of the camp begins we’re each play will get instructions of how to be better at the position of choice on offense. After a 10 minute water break the defensive steps up to be placed on display.
Once these sessions of offense and defense have been completed the competition portion of camp and what the kids come to do place their skills on display for everyone to see as they get to battle one on one against all the competition. The true players will surface during this part of the camp. So to all that attend or want to attend a camp this is what you can expect and if you after the attention of a college this is how to do it, so game on players. This the first one for the Hokies but we will have another one on July 13 2013 so make sure you place your feet on Virginia Tech’s campus for one of these days if you want a future with the Hokies!
The summer time has hit Blacksburg. The students are back at home and the pace is a lot slower and time to get all things Virginia Tech organized. The Hokies start summer school on Tuesday and are full steam ahead in works to be successful.
The weekend of June 1will be filled with all Female Hokie supporters coming to town to enjoy the Ladies Football Clinic that is put on by the Hokies Football team. The Hokies are out to help the woman in our lives to be able to enjoy the game of football to the fullest as Hokies give tips and pointers about the game of football so that Ladies can show their expertise in the game of football. So all Ladies done on your eye black and strap your pads on tight and enjoy the Hokies Ladies Clinic!
Also we will welcome young men to Virginia Tech this weekend as we will have the first camp of the year on June 2 to find out who is a player for the future ahead as the Hokies continue to strive for the ultimate prize of being called National Champions!
Bill Roth, Cornell Brown to be inducted into Virginia Sports Hall of Fame on Saturday
Virginia Tech’s beloved broadcaster Roth calls his induction “surreal.”
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VIRGINIA SPORT HALL OF FAME
Class of 2013:
Frankie Allen, former Roanoke College basketball star
Cornell Brown, former Virginia Tech and NFL player
Larry Burton, Olympian and former NFL player
Dean Ehlers, former JMU AD
Robert Pratt Jr., former UNC and NFL player
Bill Roth, Virginia Tech radio announcer
Dick Tarrant, former UR basketball coach
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Friday, April 26, 2013
Bill Roth is rarely tongue-tied, but the long-time Hokies football and basketball radio broadcaster found himself struggling to come up with the right words recently when talking about his upcoming Virginia Sports Hall of Fame induction.
“I’m much better at talking about other people,” he said with a chuckle. “It’s odd. I’d much rather talk about Cornell.”
That would be Cornell Brown, the star defensive end from the mid-’90s who helped put Virginia Tech on the college football map. He and Roth will both be inducted into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame in Portsmouth tonight, part of the seven-member 2013 class.
Another class member with ties to Virginia Tech and Southwest Virginia is Frankie Allen, a Charlottesville native who is the all-time leading scorer at Roanoke College and a former head coach of Hokies men’s basketball.
Roth, a Pittsburgh native, said it was an honor to be mentioned in the same breath as one of his idols, renowned Reds broadcaster and brief Virginia Tech play-by-play man Marty Brennaman, another hall of fame inductee.
“When they called, I thought they had the wrong number,” Roth said. “It’s surreal and quite a tremendous honor to look at the names that are in there. The athletes and coaches, yes, but the broadcasters as well.”
Roth has been the “Voice of the Hokies” since he was a wide-eyed 22-year-old, hired in 1988 only seven months out of Syracuse. He’s known one head football coach (Frank Beamer) and one broadcasting partner (Mike Burnop) in his time in Blacksburg, having been named the state’s sportscaster of the year 10 times by the National Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association.
An early conversation with former Hokies basketball coach Chuck Noe helped him establish his widely-recognized opening to all Virginia Tech broadcasts: “From the blue waters of the Chesapeake Bay to the hills of Tennessee, the Virginia Tech Hokies are on the air!”
“He said, ‘You still have to have a hook of some sort,’” Roth said. “I said, ‘I’m not a comedian. I’m more of a play-by-play guy.’ He said, ‘You still have to have a hook of some sort.’
“And I talked it over with him and some of my other friends … and came up with that. And I thought it kind of reflected our goal of getting on the air everywhere. And people liked it.”
“Bill is similar to the program,” Brown said. “A guy that came in, a young guy, has got a great voice, a great personality, does a great job for the program, and now is a staple. Those guys that announce those games are really staples of the program. People really do attach to them.”
You could say the same about Brown, who committed to play for Beamer at Virginia Tech out of Lynchburg at a time when few if any of the state’s top recruits chose to do so. Brown signed in 1993, the same year the Hokies finished 9-3 and went to the Independence Bowl, Beamer’s first postseason trip.
“I didn’t feel like at Virginia Tech they were putting on a show for that weekend necessarily to entice me,” Brown said of his recruitment. “I felt like the people there were just being who they are and what they are. And it’s been proven.”
Brown was a big reason for the Hokies’ emergence on the national scene, finishing his Tech career with 36 sacks, second all-time at the school to Bruce Smith, and twice being named an All-American. During his career, the Hokies went 37-11, won two Big East titles and beat Texas in the 1995 Sugar Bowl, a defining moment for the program.
“I think the respect started to happen,” Brown said. “[Before that] it was still a question of, ‘Well, where did Virginia Tech come from? They’re just here for a moment. A flash in the pan.’ And going and beating a team like Texas, you have nothing else to do but respect the team that’s done that.”
A sixth-round pick by the Baltimore Ravens in the 1997 draft, Brown played seven NFL seasons, earning a Super Bowl ring with the Ravens in 2000. He returned to Virginia Tech as an assistant coach prior to the 2011 season.
“The biggest highlight for me was just simply being able to year-in, year-out get with a bunch of guys that I created a bond with and enjoy a game as simple as football,” Brown said. “Going and competing against other guys and basically say, ‘Who’s the best?’”
April 22, 2013
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