On August 27th, 2013, McGill’s Student Housing and Hospitality Services (SHHS) kicked off the school year and the vegetable harvest with a massive five-course tomato-themed meal. The meal included salsa, gazpacho, Greek salad, pizza with fresh tomato sauce, and a 500-pound tomato cake to top it off. Thousands of students, faculty and staff were invited to join in celebrating community engagement, sustainable practices and healthy eating.
In all, dozens of volunteers came together to prepare more than 500 liters of tomato salsa, 500 pounds of gazpacho, 2,500 pounds of Greek salad, tomato pizza and pasta with tomato sauce.
The idea for creating a tomato-themed menu rose from McGill Chef Oliver de Volpi’s love of the tomatoes grown at the Macdonald Campus farm at Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, which were used to create the delicious tomato dishes. The farm, under the direction of McGill Feeding McGill project leader Mike Bleho, provides locally grown fruits and vegetables to McGill’s downtown campus residences and student community.
More than 2,000 pounds of the Greek salad was donated to local charities Moisson Montreal, Meals on Wheels and the Old Brewery Mission.