Faculty, Staff Enjoy a ‘Taste of Middletown’

More than 325 staff and faculty members turned out for the fourth annual Taste of Middletown, presented by the Campus Activities Committee on April 29 in Beckham Hall. Attendees enjoyed sampling food, drinks and desserts from more than a dozen local restaurants, hotels, and bakeries, as well as Bon Appetit and WB Mason. Together, the attendees donated $145 and 285 pounds of non-perishable food items to the Amazing Grace Food Pantry, a program of St. Vincent de Paul in Middletown.

More than a dozen people won raffle prizes, including gift cards to local restaurants, overnight stays at local hotels, a round of golf, and a car rental. Raffle prizes were provided by Crowne Plaza Cromwell, Inn at Middletown, Sheraton Hartford South, Courtyard by Marriott Cromwell, ION, WB Mason, Ricoh-USA, Lyman Orchards, Celtic Cavern, Bon Appetit, Papa John’s, Enterprise, The Pickle Stand, Sweet Harmony, Bill Grant Restaurant, and Luce.

(Photos by Hannah Norman ’16 and Olga Bookas, director of purchasing.)

Dena Matthews, publication production manager, and Camille Martin, administrative assistant, of University Communications.

Dena Matthews, publication production manager, and Camille Martin, administrative assistant, of University Communications.

Mike Johnson and Tony Steffman of The Pickle Stand served wrap sandwiches.

Mike Johnson and Tony Steffman of The Pickle Stand served wrap sandwiches.

Taylor Lucas of Sweet Harmony Cafe served cookies and other sweet treats.

Taylor Lucas of Sweet Harmony Cafe served cookies and other sweet treats.

Sustainability coordinator Jennifer Kleindienst.

Sustainability coordinator Jennifer Kleindienst.

Kate Caselli of Crowne Plaza made tacos.

Kate Caselli of Crowne Plaza made tacos.

ION hosted a booth.

ION hosted a booth.

Attendees at Taste of Middletown.

Attendees at Taste of Middletown.

Canollis from Bon Appetit.

Canollis from Bon Appetit.