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Louis Jerry Naunheim With themed dinners like Dr. Seuss Night and Low Carbon Diet Day, WashU is at the top of their game in terms of dining hall entertainment. This university takes the extra step to make sure their students are not only satisfied with what their dining services offer, but also what they can get from it. By hosting more than five events per week, including interactive cooking classes and chef demonstrations in Studio 40, its clear that providing their students with a top-notch dining experience is a major priority for the school. Under Bon Appetits management, WashU features dishes like orange pork stir-fry, an exemplary fresh fruit bar, and deliciously satisfying barbecue, not to mention the Bears Den stocked with two carefully tended tandoori ovens. And if that wasnt impressive enough, their dining service program is completely committed to sustainability: turning their wasted oil into biofuel, composting food, and only sourcing their ingredients from local vendors. With facilities like these, its easy to understand why students at WashU have so much school spirit. 3Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va. Virginia Tech Virginia Tech is no stranger to landing at the top of collegiate food service rankings. Through their award-winning dining plan, this university showcases outstanding dishes like polenta with spicy vegetables, Buffalo chicken pizza, and whole-wheat pasta with sun-dried tomatoes. The regular faculty-student dining days and backyard barbecues have students excited to form relationships with their professors outside the classroom. And as if the campus isnt already filled with passion, VTs dining services take sustainability very seriously. Their project Farms and Fields provides all the best local and organic meals. Delicious examples include 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. Additionally, their on-campus garden, filled with fresh fruits and vegetables, receives regular visits from the community.

NW. www.dcindustree.com . OCT. 3 BEER DINNER: Three-course, tailgate-themed menu paired with beer from Oskar Blues Brewery. 6:30 p.m. $45, not including tax and gratuity. Wildfire, Tysons Galleria, Third Floor, 1714 International Dr., McLean. 703-442-9110. www.wildfirerestaurant.com/mclean . BOOK EVENT: Cookbook launch for A Caribbean Moms Table, by Dorel Callender, including tasting. Columbus Memorial Library of the Organization of American States, 19th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 4-5:30 p.m.

Educational Campaign and Food Drive in Chico to Raise Awareness about Domestic Violence, Support Catalyst Domestic Violence Services

The Chico Chamber of Commerce, UnitedHealthcare and other local businesses are teaming up with Catal ...

9. Following the success of a food truck fest at Stereo Live in May , event producer NightCulture Inc. announced Wednesday that the facility will host another next month. The Nov. 9 event at 6400 Richmond Ave. will bring together 20 of Houston’s most popular food trucks, including favorites like Chi’lantro BBQ (featured on The Food Network and The Cooking Channel), LadyBird Food Truck (winner of CultureMap’s best grilled cheese sandwich) and The Waffle Bus (also featured on The Food Network and one of the official 2013 SXSW food trucks). All food trucks will feature at least one $3 signature item in addition to their regular menus. Tickets are $12. There will be no charge for children 12 and under. Meanwhile, another food truck event a Haute Wheels Food Truck Festival, featuring 35 food trucks a will be held Oct. 11a13 at Houston Community College’s Southwest campus on the 610 loop near the Southwest Freeway. Haute Wheels’ $16-per-day ticket doesnat cover food but does include $5 of beverage coupons and a $1 donation to the Houston Community College Foundation. An adults-only kickoff party a aTruck or Treata a will be held Oct. 11 with a costume contest and a screening of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.” Tickets are $20, or $30 for a VIP option. Related links:

Food truck frenzy: Another festival announced

Another food truck fest is coming to Stereo Live in Houston on Nov. 9.

Click here to see a slideshow from the food truck fest held at Stereo Live in May.

Catalyst is grateful for the strong support from the Chico Chamber, UnitedHealthcare and other businesses in the community and truly humbled by their dedication to our mission and cause, said Anastacia Snyder, executive director, Catalyst Domestic Violence Services. Raising awareness and educating the public are so important to helping end the cycle of domestic violence. This month-long campaign is a new way in which we can extend our reach and impact. The Chamber Business Connections event was held at UnitedHealthcares Chico operations center with more than two-dozen area businesses participating. Community leaders, including Mayor Scott Gruendl, and domestic violence experts and survivors were among the speakers who discussed domestic violence issues, resources available in Butte County, and the important role of the business community in supporting domestic violence prevention programs. Todays event is an excellent example of the Chico business community coming together to help an important cause and organization that provides critical services for victims of domestic violence, said Mayor Gruendl. This month-long awareness campaign and food drive that the Chamber, UnitedHealthcare and other businesses are supporting will provide additional resources for Catalyst so it can help people most in need of assistance throughout the year. The Chico Chamber of Commerce is proud to highlight this month-long campaign for such an important cause, said Katie Simmons, president and CEO, the Chico Chamber of Commerce. Domestic violence is a serious issue, and the business community can play a critical role in providing information, resources and support to help end domestic violence. At the breakfast forum, UnitedHealthcare launched its fourth annual employee food drive in support of the Catalyst shelter pantry, inviting other area businesses to participate. Last year, UnitedHealthcare employees collected more than two tons of nonperishable food and hope to increase that figure with the support of additional businesses. Local businesses and residents who wish to participate in the food drive can drop off nonperishable food items at UnitedHealthcares Chico operations center (2080 E, 20th St.) Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. The total number of pounds collected will be announced Wednesday, Oct.