Friday, March 7, 2014
Thorne Hall, the main dining facility at Bowdoin College. Photo: Bowdoin Dining Services
Maybe the Maine state slogan should be changed to "Maine, the way food should be." Not only do our chefs, restaurants and food producers make national "best of" lists, apparently college students here eat pretty well, too. Especially at Bowdoin College in Brunswick.
The food and restaurant list masters at The Daily Meal put their number-crunching proclivities to work compiling a list of the "60 Best Colleges for Food in America." Bowdoin tops the list, which includes three other Maine colleges: Bates in Lewiston #32; College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor #39; and Colby College in Waterville, #40.
The Daily Meal explains its methodology, which takes into account "Healthy Food/Local and Sustainable; Accessibility and Service; Events/Nutritional Education; Student Feedback/ Social Media" and "the X-Factor."
While we did evaluate the schools for how great the actual food is, the most important aspect to us was the overall dining experience, everything from restaurant-quality food to 'going green.'
Meredith Goad has harvested oysters on the Chesapeake Bay, eaten reindeer in Finland and sipped hot chai in the Himalayas. She writes the weekly Soup to Nuts column and enjoys a good cocktail.