New Guinness World Record Set for the Largest New England Clambake
On September 1st 2014, UMass Dining set a new Guinness World Record for the fifth year running. Students were welcomed back to campus with a bang at the zero-waste Green Barbeque on Labor Day, where UMass Dining served 3,003 New England clambake dinners in about two hours.
Between the stresses of classes, the anxiety of the intensified social life, and the first days, weeks and eventual months of living on one's own, the entrance into college throws a lot at the average student. When these forces bear down upon the unassuming undergrad, the one constant that takes them away is what they always turned to previously: a home cooked meal.
It was a hot summer day when my dad and I took our first campus tour of UMass. We were both excited to try the food that everyone had been raving about—our stomachs began to grumble at the thought of the plethora of choices that would soon be in front of us. We ate at Hamp and were in awe of the delicious handmade pizzas and desserts.
How quickly a year goes by. We looking forward to welcoming the New Year and wish you and your family all the best in the coming months.
During this time of the year at UMass Dining, we reflect on what we accomplished in 2013 and what we hope to achieve in the coming year. 2013 proved to be an abundant year for successes. We promoted sustainable and delicious eating, and we enhancing our dining programs and facilities by providing more variety, more dining experiences, and more convenience. These ongoing efforts help to ensure that we maintain a great dining program in 2014.
During the past several weeks, I’ve participated in roundtable discussions in New York City on sustainability and the importance of preserving natural resources, attended a sourcing summit at Yale, and been present when our Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy publicly signed the Real Food Campus Commitment. These events all shared a common goal: to find better ways to provide healthy, sustainable, and delicious food choices to our customers.
The past two weeks at UMass have been a record-breaking, ground-breaking, all-around fun time. After setting the record for the world’s largest fresh fruit salad—made official by Guinness World Records—on Labor Day, we celebrated the grand reopening of the Hampshire DC on September 10. We also opened two new retail locations: Roots Café and the Hampshire Market. What makes these openings so exciting is that each of them shares a common purpose: serving fresh, sustainable and healthy food while building community.