Published by Communications and Public Affairs (519) 824-4120, Ext. 56982 or 53338
September 13, 1999
One meal 125 years in the making
To mark the official re-opening of the newly renovated Food Science Building and the 125th anniversary of the Ontario Agricultural College (OAC), the University of Guelph and food writer Anita Stewart have prepared a special banquet beginning 11:00 a.m. Friday, Sept. 17.
The more than 20 items on the menu will all share one thing: they were developed by OAC over its long history. For months, and in co-operation with industry partners across southern Ontario, selected foods have been planted, harvested and processed in preparation for Sept. 17. This includes OAC-improved pork, four cultivars of OAC-developed potatoes, including the popular Yukon Gold variety, asparagus, legumes, wheat for bread, cheeses, cherries, raspberries, strawberries, and peaches.
In addition, a special listing is being prepared of the more than 60 foods, food varieties and food improvements ever developed by OAC faculty and researchers. This food inventory will feature the history and stories behind agri-food advancements that have made a difference in the lives of Canadians, including canola, oats, corn, soybeans, grapes, to name a few.
Members of the media are invited to the ceremony and luncheon. RSVP to Alex Wooley, Communications and Public Affairs, at 519-824-4120, Ext. 6982 or Lori Hunt, Ext. 3338.
The $4.8-million renovation of the Food Science Building was made possible through the Canada/Ontario Infrastructure Works Program, as well as donations of industry and friends.
Pre-interviews with faculty, researchers and Anita Stewart, and photo ops may be arranged before Sept. 17. Please contact Alex Wooley, Communications and Public Affairs, at 519-824-4120, Ext. 6982 or Lori Hunt, Ext. 3338.
For media questions, contact Communications and Public Affairs, (519) 824-4120, Ext. 3338