Love and Lessons from the Hudson Valley

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My experience with The Valley Café over the last year has only made me fall more in love with the Hudson Valley. This region is full of history, hiking, crisp apples and waterfront views that would go unnoticed unless you were able to explore it for four years. I am grateful for my time to do this while at Marist College.

The Valley Café celebrates new cultures and cuisines with the fresh tastes of the local area. The farmers in the Hudson Valley and tri-state region are the cornerstone of this event and are worthy of praise for their dedication to traditional farming, green space and the community. These amazing local farmers teach us that the food we eat is tied to real hands and histories.

Therefore, The Valley Café is also a celebration of the region many of us have called home. It will always hold a place in my heart.


I have enjoyed every bite of The Valley Café and exploring each story of the people and places where our food comes from. I am also incredibly thankful for my experience with Marist Dining Services over the past year. Chef Anthony, Ted Alban and the staff do a tremendous job at making personal health and environmental sustainability a priority in each and every meal. It is their dedication that will continue to connect students and faculty with the meals they eat once I graduate in a couple of weeks.

The Valley Café will return in the fall semester without me, but I will take my love for fresh and local ingredients wherever I go.

Happy dining, locavores!


See You in the Spring!

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Yesterday’s Valley Café sampler of the Hudson Valley fall harvest closed the semester on a great note. The Valley Café has had great attendance the past three months and Dining Services would like to thank the Marist community for its continued support!

I have had a great time working with the Valley Café and its local farms this semester. Have a wonderful winter break and the Valley Café will see everyone again in January!

International Valley Café

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A typical experience at the Valley Café includes a hot, delicious meal, conversation with friends and a great view of the campus green from the Cabaret. But this week guests may have also overheard expressions of “muy bien”, “bon appétit” or “delizioso”!

International Table

Mary Dunne, Director of Health Services, has teamed up with Marist International Programs to establish a language table at the Valley Café where students can speak a foreign language and enjoy their lunch. The main languages practiced are Spanish, French and Italian since those are offered as majors at Marist. The event is an opportunity  to practice with fluent international students or continue conversation after having learning a language abroad. Students do not need to be studying a language to attend. The event is simply about maintaining a bi-lingual culture and supporting a strong international presence at the college.

The weekly theme at the Valley Café is often international. So far this year meals have been from Italy, France, Myanmar, Germany and Ukraine. Each country not only brings a unique cuisine but also its own language. As the Valley Café explores many different cultures it’s important to understand the way its people communicate.

There are plans for at least one more international table at the Valley Cafe before the end of the semester. Stay tuned for more information!

Time to Dig In

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I am very excited about sharing the stories behind each meal at the Valley Café (and sampling some of the food as well).

I will officially start posting regarding the first Valley Café meal of October. Hope you all enjoy!