FARMINGTON — The University of Maine at Farmington will host a free dinner for the campus and the public by dining service provider Sodexo’s Global Chef program.

Chef Steve Passchyn, a top international chef with Sodexo, will showcase the flavors of Belgium at a reception from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27, in the North Dining Hall at the UMF Olsen Student Center.

The free event will feature grilled breads with soft cheeses and cured meats, meatballs with sweet sauce, Sandwich Martino, proscuitto- and pepper-stuffed Belgian endive, ginger snap cookies and Belgian brownies, with an emphasis on the use of local foods. 

Sodexo is committed to the incorporation of local foods in their daily menus for the University of Maine system. Food at the Flavors of Belgium reception will feature 55 percent local foods.

Passchyn will present Belgian cuisine at UMF’s South Dining Hall on Thursday, Oct. 26, and Friday, Oct. 27, as part of UMF’s regular dining menu.

Global Chef is a monthlong international chef residency that brings Sodexo’s top chefs from around the world to different countries to share authentic cuisines and cooking techniques with Sodexo’s customers. Sodexo uses the Global Chef Program as a way to showcase its culinary talent from operations in 80 countries around the world while also bringing a unique dining experience to guests, according to its website.

UMF international meal (Sun Journal Stock Photo)

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