Steak Night or Luau Night are usually part of legacy events held at La Posada dining hall each semester. But Wednesday night, LaPo shook things up by hosting “LaPo Goes Local.”
Instead of eating inside as they usually would, students were able to sit outside the dining hall at long rows of tables covered in fall decorations. Roughly two hundred University of New Mexico students cycled through the food line where they could choose from Frito pie, calabacitas, fresh grilled corn, pulled pork and the very popular green chile burgers.
LaPo staff served the food, spoke with attendees and grilled green chile burgers, with the help of volunteers primarily made up of UNM fraternities.
The bluegrass band, The Squash Blossom Boys, played near the entrance of the dining hall, while many event goers played a game of corn hole.
Most of the dishes included ingredients from local farms. Local vendors were onsite to supply more information regarding the extent of their partnership with UNM.
One of these vendors was La Montanita Co-op, which supplies local pork, local pinto beans, local cheese, organic eggs and non-gmo canola oil for La Posada to use year-round. Bueno also supplies Hatch green chile and tortillas to UNM.
Allie Allison, a junior at UNM who attended the event, said she enjoyed the event’s design, setup and music.
UNM freshman Reshma Rajan said she was a little weary of the new food that was offered for the evening.
Neither student was aware LaPo uses local ingredients throughout the year until that evening.
Allison said after the event, she now appreciates LaPo’s inclusion of New Mexico culture in their food.
Paul Wilson-Scott, a staff member who worked the event, said the dining hall, in some ways, is the backyard for the UNM students who live in the dorms.
Events like “La Po Goes Local” are a way to help bring people together and build a feeling of community, he said, adding this is also a learning opportunity for people who want to learn about the local farm economy in New Mexico.
Colton Newman is a freelance reporter for the Daily Lobo. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @Coltonperson.