On Wednesday, February 18, Terra Café served their first lunch of the spring semester. The club partners with Sodexo to provide the RPI community with local and organic food that is affordable. For seven dollars (FLEX, RAD, cash, or credit), you can get a main dish (meat, vegetarian, or vegan), side of salad, and a delicious dessert. Beverages that are served include water, local apple cider, coffee, and tea. Located at the Experimental Media and Peforming Arts Center, Terra Café will be open every Wednesday, serving their local lunches from 11am to 2 pm.
For their first lunch on February 18, Terra Café served a beef lasagna for meat-eaters and a vegetable lasagna for vegetarians. The beef was from Excelsior Farms, the marinara was from Sauce Excelsior Farms, the mozzarella was from Cheese Great Lakes, and the eggplant and salad tomatoes were from Finger Lakes. All these ingredients are either locally grown, organic, or even both. The day was a huge success, with students, professors, and even prospective students—because of tours going on—purchasing their food.
On the February 25, RPI Sage Hillel is going to co-host the meal with the normal Terra Café volunteers. This will be the first time an outside club will get to choose the menu because it needs to be traditional ethnic Jewish food. The meat option will be Tzimmes and Brisket Stew with Challah, the vegetarian option will swap out brisket with tofu, and the vegan option will swap out the challah for lavash. Later on in the semester, the National Society of Black Engineers and RPIgnite will be co-hosting the lunch event with Terra Café.
The goal of Terra Café is to be a service provided by RPI students for RPI students. They intend to educate their peers of the benefits of supporting the local and organic movement with the help of serving some local and organic food. Each week the servers, who are volunteers, inform their customers by telling them the weekly Terra-fact. Like the name suggests, the Terra-fact is a fact about the Earth. It can be about food, recycling, climate change, or population. It is something for the customers to think about when enjoying their lunch. Obviously, they are doing something right with an average turn out of more than 100 customers.
Students are encouraged to join the club. Volunteers are needed from 10 am to 2 pm to help with set up, serving tables, clearing tables, or clean up. New help is always welcome. Another perk to volunteering includes a free meal from Terra Café after at least giving an hour of time. Contact Natalie Yap ’17, the public relations chair, at email@example.com if interested.