Executive chefs reflect on Notre Dame campus dining in light of COVID-19

first_imgIzzi Barrera | The Observer Students pick up food in South Dining Hall to eat outside socially distanced or in their dorms in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.However, cooking has more meaning than just combining ingredients to create dishes to the two chefs. Cooking is about creating relationships and bringing joy to students on campus. Larson finds fulfillment in creating food for students and being a part of the Notre Dame experience.“We get to learn from the students,” Larson said. “That’s probably the most rewarding part, getting to see all these students for four years and watching what they do. At times it can feel thankless like any other job, but it also connects you to people that you don’t get connected to in a normal kitchen environment. There’s always someone to meet and there’s always something to learn.”The new protocols surrounding COVID-19 have completely transformed campus dining. In the past, students were able to serve themselves in a buffet style. Now, food must be boxed up and taken to go in a sustainable manner. In the beginning, Larson and Macerata received a lot of negative criticism.“In the beginning of this, it was kind of nightmarish for us to be honest,” Macerata said. “We did a complete turnaround overnight. That’s one thing we learned. Here’s what we know today, tomorrow might be different. We didn’t do well right off the bat, but we never gave up. Every day we came back and kept trying and we kept adapting every single day and even hour by hour.”Over the last few months, dining increased in efficiency and variety, while keeping COVID protocols in mind. For example, the dining halls began to provide more inclusive options, like adding a vegan line and fresh desserts. The dining hall reopened for in-person dining with plexiglass shields on Oct. 5.Larson and Macerata plan on adjusting as needed in the upcoming months.“I don’t think we’ve stopped changing at all,” Larson said. “We’re still figuring out how do this the best way we can and get back to our identity as chefs. I think that we’re still uncertain about the future.”At the end of the day, Macerata said it all comes back to serving students and bringing joy to the community.“I don’t have a favorite dish to make, but I do have a favorite reaction. If I make something, and I see the customer smile,” Macerata said. “They’re genuinely truly happy and it doesn’t matter what it is.”Tags: Campus DIning, executive chef, NDH, SDH Gregory Larson and Giuseppe Macerata, executive chefs for North Dining Hall and South Dining Hall respectively, are juggling much more than just ingredients this year.Maintaining safety for the campus community and kitchen staff, while also being responsible for providing fresh food, is no easy task. However, the campus dining staff is working hard to make food for thousands of undergraduates while adhering to COVID-19 protocols.For Macerata, cooking has always been a part of his identity. He grew up in family restaurants and has been a chef at Notre Dame for nearly 25 years.Larson started working at Notre Dame in 2004 and worked his way up to the executive chef position. He hadn’t always planned on cooking – it was a necessity at first and became a hobby later. After realizing cooking was his passion, he completed culinary school before moving to South Bend.The executive chef position at Notre Dame is centered around student life, Larson said. Dining on campus is an essential facet of residing on campus.“Our primary focus is residential dining and making the students feel welcome and feel at home,” Larson said. “It’s about giving variety and keeping it interesting and making sure that happens.”Larson and Macerata’s position also includes managing staff and maintaining safety, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.“It’s not only food safety but physical safety and staff and things like that, and we are responsible for all of it,” Macerata said.However, their roles as chefs on a college campus are unique in many ways. They don’t work in a typical kitchen environment because they don’t serve typical customers.“We’re given parameters and then we push the boundaries of the parameters,” Macerata said. “We’re able to push the boundaries on food and the experience which is really cool. This industry is constantly evolving, so if we put our feet in the mud, we get stuck.”last_img read more

Indonesian basketballer with attitude allowed to return to World Cup qualifiers’ roster

first_imgThe Indonesian Basketball Association (Perbasi) and the national team have allowed Abraham Damar Grahita to return to the national squad, which is set to go up against the Philippines in a qualifier in Jakarta on Sunday.The national team announced Friday that Abraham had been suspended for his behavior during a post-match press conference.Indonesia lost 109-76 to South Korea on Thursday in its first game of the qualifiers at Mahaka Arena in Kelapa Gading, North Jakarta.Read also: Attitude costs Indonesian basketball player place on team roster in World Cup qualifiersDuring the presser, Abraham, who was a top player in the game, scoring 25 points and completing four assists, made a face while coach Rajko Toroman spoke — a gesture that was deemed imprudent by the national team.In the latest update, however, Perbasi and the national team have reportedly found a solution. In a statement released on Saturday night, Perbasi said Abraham had committed an ethics violation and would be on probation until December.  He will also be obligated to conduct monthly social work during the probation period.Nevertheless, Abraham is allowed to remain on the roster. Perbasi is to review the decision if Abraham repeats a similar violation during the probation period.According to the release, Perbasi held a press conference on Saturday evening to clear the matter. Abraham attended the event.”I apologize to Perbasi, the national team, coach, manager,  members of the squad and all basketball fans for a bad decision I made during the press conference after playing against South Korea.”I really regret it,” said Abraham.Meanwhile, Perbasi chief Danny Kosasih said he hoped the incident would not hamper Indonesia’s long-term preparations for the World Cup.”Now, let’s put our focus back on making Indonesia proud” he added. (nkn)Topics :last_img read more

Grand Queenslander home on offer in leafy suburb

first_imgInside 153 O’Brien Rd, Pullenvale.“You’re close to the hustle and bustle of the city, but then you’ve got this retreat to come back to. “It’s a very different pace out here.Mrs Pomroy said the home would suit a family looking to enjoy the outdoors. “There’s space to move, space to breathe and the space to enjoy life,” she said. Inside 153 O’Brien Rd, Pullenvale.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus22 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market22 hours agoThe four spacious bedrooms each have French doors that lead to the expansive wrap-around veranda.The master bedroom has an ensuite, a walk-in-robe and bay window seat that looks out over the lush gardens.“I love that no matter what room you’re in, you’re so connected to the outside,” Mrs Pomroy said.“We spend lots of time on the veranda, enjoying the landscape and fresh breeze. It’s truly breathtaking.”Mrs Pomroy said the home was very relaxing and private.“You get the best of both worlds when you live out here,” she said. The home at 153 O’Brien Rd, Pullenvale.“I saw a picture of it and fell instantly in love,” Mrs Pomroy said. The iconic Queenslander floorplan, with 3.3m-high ceilings, large windows and spacious living, dining, kitchen and family rooms, is connected by a central hallway. On the same level, there is a bathroom with a claw-foot bathtub and separate shower, laundry and bedrooms.center_img REAL ESTATE: 153 O’Brien Rd, PullenvaleThis elegant family home has been beautifully restored and maintained. The grand, four-bedroom Queenslander, at 153 O’Brien Rd, Pullenvale, overlooks 1ha of manicured gardens and lush, rolling hills.Current owners Natassia and Andrew Pomroy purchased the home in 2009, after spending several months looking for property in the area.last_img read more

Stock up/stock down: A look back at Syracuse’s loss to Wake Forest

first_img Published on October 9, 2016 at 5:34 pm Contact Jon: [email protected] | @jmettus Steve Ishmael, junior wide receiverAll things considered, no one on the offense had a great day, but Steve Ishmael led the receiving group with five catches for 56 yards. The bulk of the yards came on a 33-yard catch in the fourth quarter where he jumped over 6-foot-1 Wake Forest cornerback Amari Henderson and pinned the ball with his right hand to his chest. Ishmael was open in the end zone with one second left in the first half, but, according to Dungey, the ball didn’t come out of the quarterback’s hand the way he would have liked and Wake Forest intercepted the pass.MORE COVERAGE:Rate Syracuse’s position groups midway through the seasonLibonati: Blown chances in loss shatter SU’s bowl chancesGallery: Check out the best sights from Syracuse’s loss to Wake Forest Stock DownOffensive lineSyracuse’s offensive line had arguably its worst game of the season, giving up five sacks and 11 tackles for loss. With starters Jason Emerich, Omari Palmer and Cody Conway still out, the patchwork group struggled to pickup blitzes, especially on first and second downs. Multiple players said SU was caught off guard by WFU’s early blitzes. SU head coach Dino Babers criticized the group’s execution, adding that Dungey took several hits and consistently had defensive linemen near him when he dropped back to pass.Kendall Coleman, freshman defensive linemanKendall Coleman has been one of Syracuse’s best defensive linemen, despite being a freshman and coming off shoulder surgery in the offseason. But on Saturday, Coleman suffered from a costly lapse in judgment. On one play in the fourth quarter, Coleman shoved a Wake Forest player after a play, earning some sort of verbal warning from a referee. About three plays later, he was called for targeting on a late hit to Wake Forest quarterback John Wolford. Coleman was ejected from the game and will be suspended for the first half of SU’s next game against Virginia Tech. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Syracuse (2-3, 0-2 Atalntic Coast) lost to Wake Forest (5-1, 2-1), 28-9, on a messy Saturday at BB&T Field in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Hurricane Matthew passing by brought heavy rain and wind throughout the first half and parts of the second, disrupting play.The two teams combined for two interceptions, six fumbles and six sacks. Orange quarterback Eric Dungey was held to 156 yards passing and no touchdowns.Here’s a look at where some players and units stood out.Stock upSterling Hofrichter, redshirt freshman punterAdvertisementThis is placeholder textDespite the rain and winds that were gusting at 19 mph, Sterling Hofrichter did a good job getting his kicks downfield. None of his kicks were pretty. Most of them were low, line drive, knuckleballers, but they got the job done. Hofrichter booted two punts more than 50 yards and two landed inside the 20. His 10 kicks totaled 415 yards — 89 yards more than SU’s offensive total — for an average of 41.5 yards. He forced fair catches three times and one of the punts was muffed, giving SU a chance to get the ball. Wake Forest only returned it three times for 8 total yards.Parris Bennett, junior linebackerParris Bennett notched his third straight double-digit tackle performance with a team-high 12 tackles — and a week after he was carried off the field with an apparent ankle or foot injury. Bennett was at the center of one of SU’s best run defense performances. His best play came on Wake Forest’s first series, when he stripped Demon Deacons punter Dom Maggio at the 1-yard line after Maggio scrambled back to pickup a high snap. The play resulted in a safety.last_img read more

Bills mock draft 2020: Buffalo adds depth across roster despite no Round 1 pick

first_imgWhile Brunson displayed physicality in college, he lacks NFL quickness and athleticism. Scouts say he can play inside the box, but once the play goes outside, he’s not effective. He also struggled to defend in man coverage.Round 7, Pick 239: Mitchell Wilcox, TE, South FloridaWilcox’s best season at USF came in 2018 where he broke the school record for receptions (43) and receiving yards (540) by a tight end earning first-team All-AAC honors. His production did slip a bit last season totaling 28 catches, 350 yards and five touchdowns.Wilcox is known for his powerful blocking skills and his smart angles to blocking in the second level. He lacks speed and athleticism to be an effective receiver but could excel at the NFL-level in run blocking. The Buffalo Bills snuck up on the NFL last season, completing a 10-6 season and earning their second playoff berth in three seasons.Last season the Bills finished with the second-best scoring defense in the league allowing just 16.2 points per game. However, offensively Buffalo was tied for the ninth-worst scoring offense (19.6 points per game). To bolster the offense, the Bills acquired wide receiver Stefon Diggs from the Vikings in exchange for four draft picks including the 22nd overall pick this year. Buffalo will look to add depth to their roster as they challenge for their first divisional title since 1995.Sporting News’ Vinnie Iyer released his seven-round mock heading into the 2020 NFL Draft.Here’s a closer look at the Bills’ mock draft:MORE NFL DRAFT 2020:Latest news | SN’s 7-round mock | Top 100 big boardBills mock draft 2020RoundPickPlayerPositionCollege254Julian OkwaraEDGENotre Dame386Jack DriscollOTAuburn4128Essang BasseyCBWake Forest5167Darrynton EvansRBAppalachian State6188Jordan FullerSOhio State6207T.J. BrunsonLBSouth Carolina7239Mitchell WilcoxTESouth FloridaRound 2, Pick 54: Julian Okwara, EDGE, Notre DameBills open their NFL Draft by selecting Okwara. The Charlotte native had his best season in 2018 posting 38 tackles, a team-high 12.5 tackles for loss and eight sacks. The four-year defensive lineman saw his senior season cut short after suffering a broken fibula.Okwara saw a third of his total tackles go for a loss but will need time to get stronger and faster at the line of scrimmage. He also struggled against the run, which could hamper his potential as an NFL player. The bloodlines are on his side, however, as his brother Romeo is with the LionsRound 3, Pick 86: Jack Driscoll, OT, AuburnDriscoll began his collegiate career at UMass, redshirting his freshman season before playing two seasons with Minutemen, starting 20 games at left guard and right tackle. After graduating in three years, he transferred to Auburn where he played his final two seasons of eligibility starting every game at right tackle. At the NFL Scouting Combine, Driscoll posted the fifth-best broad jump at 114 inches. Scouts believe Driscoll will have to get stronger and might only fit in zone schemes. In addition, Driscoll likely projects as a guard at the next level limited to just being a run blocker.Round 4, Pick 128: Essang Bassey, CB, Wake ForestBassey was a productive three-year starter at Wake Forest. In his sophomore season, Bassey ranked second in the ACC with 19 passes defended. The following season, Basey was named second-team All-ACC with 74 tackles and 15 pass breakups. He concluded his Demon Deacons career with a selection to the All-conference third-team with 60 tackles and 11 pass breakups.The 5-foot-9 cornerback reads the quarterback well in zone coverage and has solid speed allowing him to change directions if needed. However, he does struggle to get off the blocks and teams are concerned whether he could match up with bigger NFL receivers.Round 5, Pick 167: Darrynton Evans, RB, Appalachian StateEvans was one of the best tailbacks in college football last season rushing for 1,480 yards (ninth in FBS) and 18 touchdowns earning Sun Belt Offensive Player of the Year. In his sophomore season, he was also first-team all-conference totaling 1,187 yards and seven touchdowns. The redshirt junior was also an impactful receiver with 198 yards and five touchdowns last season.The Appalachian State running back showcased his elite speed at the Combine posting a 4.41 40-yard dash which was the second-fastest among halfbacks. His running style makes him a solid outside runner and does have the ability to be a three-down back even with him being slightly undersized at 5-foot-10 and 203 pounds. His change-of-pace and kick return ability should make him an attractive choice in the middle rounds of the draft.Round 6, Pick 188: Jordan Fuller, S, Ohio State​Fuller had a standout career with the Buckeyes. As a junior in 2018, the Ohio State captain tied for the team lead with 81 tackles to go with four pass breakups and an interception. Last season, he finished with 62 tackles, four pass breakups and two interceptions leading to first-team All-Big 10 honors.After coverage struggles in 2018, he bounced back limiting chunk passing plays and helping stop the run last season. Scouts worry that Fuller is too thin to play safety (203 pounds) and will likely have to compete for a back-up safety role in the NFL.Round 6, Pick 207: T.J. Brunson, LB, South CarolinaDespite having sports hernia surgery before the 2019 season, Brunson managed to start every game for the Gamecocks totaling 77 tackles (six for loss), four pass breakups and one interception. His best season was in 2018 where he racked up a team-high 106 tackles (10.5 for loss) and four sacks leading to him being named the team’s co-MVP.last_img read more