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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

A Taste of Emory

Dooley's Week kicked off yesterday with its first event, the second annual Taste of Emory, in the Goizueta Business School Courtyard, and I could not be any happier for it be over.

I say this because I, along with my brilliant co-chair Daniel Chapman 11B, have been planning this event with the Student Programming Council (SPC) since last November. You could say the Taste of Emory (photo above by Alle Fuller 13C, The Emory Wheel) is equivalent to a small child who's now over 18 (or 21, depending on how you look at it) and no longer needs me or Danny.

Although the weather was not exactly ideal, the rain's efforts to dampen the mood failed. Never underestimate college students' desire for free food. We had about 1,000 attendees coming through the event and it showed in those lines. Eleven local restaurants, including oldies and newbies to the event, brought out their portable ovens and grills to feed the always-hungry Emory students.

Despite feeling like a chicken running around without my head (not a good thing at a food-related event), I got to savor the local grub. The Iberian Pig cooked up the most delicious Spanish "albondigas," or meatballs. Fritti rolled in with their huge portable, wood-burning oven that baked fresh dough and toppings to perfection. And Figo, my personal go-to dinner spot, served a creamy butternut squash ravioli.

Other restaurants that attended included Maddio's Pizza, Doc Chey's, Emory Dining/Goodfriend, Jagger's Pizza, Mac McGee's Irish Pub, Artuzzi's, Wonderful World Burgers & More, and Zaya.

And my tasting-sized meal was DJ-ed by the musical stylings of Dooley Noted, No Strings Attached, and the up-and-coming Shadowboxers.

When 7:00 p.m. rolled around and most of the restaurants were packed up or gone, the straggling attendees and all of SPC, including myself, enjoyed boxes and boxes of extra pizza. One would say it was too much pizza, but I would disagree.

Enjoy the rest of Dooley's Week and if you are in town, come out to Trivia Night at Cox Hall Ballroom tonight at 8:30 p.m.! You can click here to see SPC's website for more events to come this week.

-- Lindsey Bomnin 12C, EAA communications assistant

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