This year’s Made in Oklahoma events were the most fun we’ve had talking about our efforts toward more sustainable practices in our OU Campus Dining facilities.
These events educated students, faculty and staff on why it’s important to us to support local businesses and look for more environmentally sound food purchases.
From the fun of live music and completing a passport at the Made in Oklahoma Showcase, to an exciting and educational meal at Couch Restaurants, we consider this year’s Made in Oklahoma activities a success!
The Made In Oklahoma Showcase:
The showcase was an interactive learning event that paired our dining experience with live music and allowed attendees to travel through OU Campus Dining. Solo musician Megan Ramos from OU, as well as the band Carly Gwin and the Sin, gave people a real taste of modern Oklahoma.
Twenty-five of our Made in Oklahoma vendors set up shop, ready to educate students, faculty and staff about their brand, the ways they impact OU and the various items they serve in our OU Campus Dining restaurants.
Attendees received a Made In Oklahoma passport that called for them to get eight stamps from our participating vendors. Upon completion, they received one of our tote bags, and students were entered into a drawing to receive prizes donated by our generous vendors and OU Housing and Food Services.
Along the way, participants enjoyed a look into the local music scene and were encouraged to take pictures at the Nphoto booth. The powerful Oklahoma winds could not stop our fun that day!
Overall, the event brought the OU community together in celebration of our sustainable efforts, and we could not be more proud!
The Made In Oklahoma Meal:
Currently, Made in Oklahoma, local economic and “Real Food Challenge” products make up 50 percent of OU Campus Dining’s food purchases. The Made in Oklahoma Meal’s menu highlighted the products of those local vendors and let attendees know where to find their products on campus. From sliders, to salads, to pastries, all of the items came directly from the surrounding Oklahoma communities.
We also gave out more tote bags at the meal so students, faculty and staff could take home a little reminder of what the Made In Oklahoma dining experience was all about.
We hope everyone had as much fun at our events as we did planning them. These are only two of OU Housing and Food Services’ efforts toward more sustainable practices!
For more information on sustainability and our vendors, you can find us on Twitter @OUCampusDining and Facebook at /OUCampusDining, or visit our new webpage.