The Dawson Student Union offers free vegetarian meals
By Rebecca Phaneuf-Thibault
Cheap, healthy and organic food is what Dawson Dinin’ is all about. Being held in the Conrod’s courtyard every Monday at lunch time, roughly 100 portions of free vegetarian food will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis to all Dawson students.
Cheap, healthy and organic food is what Dawson Dinin’ is all about. Being held in the Conrod’s courtyard every Monday at lunch time, roughly 100 portions of free vegetarian food will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis to all Dawson students.The project was launched on the first Wednesday of classes by the Dawson Student Union (DSU). The inspiration came from a similar project that was launched at the Concordia Loyola campus by DSU president Mathieu Murphy-Perron a few years back.The main idea behind this activity is to promote Vegetarianism.
It also gives the less fortunate access to a healthy meal and shows everyone that cooking while respecting a plant-based diet is easy and delicious. Cameron Novak, an ex-Dawson student and the ex-VP of the Dawsons Green Earth Club, was present at last’s week happening. “It’s dope that it’s vegetarian. It’s perfect for students. Quick, easy to eat,” Novak saidThe project promotes less commonly used foods and ways to incorporate them into recipes.
It’s also cheaper, and more ecologically friendly. There’s also awareness about using products that are produced locally among the cooks. Just before the beginning of classes, the cook that was hired for these weekly events backed out of the project.DSU Treasurer Michaël Lessard, Patricia Deschêne, a third semester Dawson student, and Marjolaine David, a student from Cegep St-Laurent that was hired by the Union for last weeks event, decided to take the cooking responsibilities upon themselves in order to ensure that Dawson Dinin’ would see the day nonetheless.
While preparing pizza dough in the middle of the event, Lessard shared insider stories “We worked until 1 a.m. last night to prepare the food. Kind of feels like we’re a little in over our heads, but you have to give these projects time to mature.” said Lessard.
“Already between this and last week’s event, I see a big difference.” Enjoying their vegetarian pizzas, students that were present last week had nothing but good feedback for the event. Melissa Tremblay, a first semester student in Social Science, shared her sentiments while swallowing her food. “There was very little waiting time and I love the food. It’s absolutely delicious,” she said.
In the long run, the organizers would like to compile all the recipes, week after week, and with other cheap, healthy, vegetarian options, create a student-adapted vegetarian cookbook.In the mean time, follow your sense of smell next Monday, and go get your free veggie meal.