Greetings from Dennis Pierce, Director of Dining Services
Welcome to the Fall 2013 Semester
"Part of the secret of success in life is to eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside."
- Mark Twain
First Camera, Then Fork
One of the many pleasures that makes me proud of being a member of the Department of Dining Services is how, every day, we are able to meet the dining expectations of the University of Connecticut's diverse community. During each semester, day in and day out, with no bearing on inclimate weather, road conditions or economic world affairs we are preparing and serving in excess of one hundred and eighty thousand meals per week. We have come a long way since September 28, 1881, when the university provided meals for approximately twelve men, who were in residence at Whitney Hall, three faculty members and one or two staff.
It is interesting how times have changed. "You are what you eat," was a quote that began in the sixties and started the healthy food movement. As I visit restaurants and even our own dining facilities I see individuals taking pictures with their cell phones. I believe with today's technology the phrase for the Millennials or Generation Y is, "You are what you photograph."
Isn't it interesting that the trend is to capture the dining moment and memorialize it through Snapchat or Instagram? In the olden days, when you ate a good meal, you'd describe it to your friends on the phone or in person. You might have remarked, "You wouldn't believe the meal I had last night." But, as you know, a picture is worth a thousand words. Posting a picture of your food may be a quick, easy way to share the fine details of a memorable dining experience. A picture of a dish from a great restaurant or an overstuffed burrito from a local eatery is likely to convince others it is worth the trip.
"Tell me what you eat, and I will tell you what you are," was the quote from the French philosopher, Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin. Taking photos and keeping a food journal or posting the picture on Facebook may just be that individuals want people to truly know who they are. Documenting what you eat tells your friends a lot about who you are--your habits, personality and culinary preferences.
No doubt about it, food is social. It's no surprise that food photos have their fair share of space on individual's social media sites. Today, people are showing the world what they eat by photographing every meal. Keeping a photographic food diary is a growing phenomenon. The number of pictures tagged "food" on the photo-sharing website Flickr has increased tenfold to more than six million in the last two years, according to Tara Kirchner, the company's marketing director. One of the largest and most active Flickr groups, called "I Ate This," includes more than 300,000 photos that have been contributed by more than 19,000 members. One individual, when asked why they photograph food replied, "I think photographing food is a more accurate way to document life. Food isn't going to put on a special face when you take a picture of it." So, as you spend time with us in Dining Services, feel free to photograph those memorable meals and send them to us at email@example.com.
In conclusion, we always welcome your feedback and ideas. We hope that by dining with us we are providing you with the dining options that will enable you to succeed. Feel free to contact us via our website and let us know how we are doing. So, enjoy your semester and strive to make your experience this semester at the University of Connecticut the best yet.
Eat well, enjoy life and pursue your dreams,
C. Dennis Pierce
Director of Dining Services
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