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View from the Bridge

Tony Jaccaci
View from the Bridge

I never thought I would miss corn flakes as much as I did.

As an exchange student in Beijing in 1990, it took me a long time to adjust to eating different foods for breakfast than those I had eaten since childhood. There is something about the first meal of the day when we desire what we know — food that can be considered comfort food.  Congee, sour yogurt, bready, and heavy Mantou? These dishes just didn’t get me excited for the first meal of the day.

I eventually came to love Chinese food and especially dumplings. In fact, today there is not a dumpling I meet that I am not ready to try as I have found these delicacies wonderful in their many forms and tastes. I even enjoy them for breakfast, but it took some time and many shared meals with Chinese hosts and friends for me to change my own palate.

In this edition of our magazine, we consider the role of food in our lives, our cultures, and here at Tabor. We are blessed to have an amazing food service for our students and community members: 3-square meals for 7 days per week. Beyond the need to eat for sustenance, though, as we observe the daily ritual of gathering together as a community for shared meals, we also think about how to satisfy the tastes of many different mouths.

This differentiation of approach can also be applied at a larger scale to our educational program. Each student arrives in Marion with different experiences and prepared in unique ways. Our work is to meet these young people where they are and learn how to best help them grow and thrive. In many ways, choosing a menu for our dining hall is much like building a curriculum — a variety of offerings that are nutritious, filling, and delicious.

The stories you will read in this edition are fascinating narratives about how members of our Tabor community enjoy food on campus (including the Tabor Boy) and how many Tabor graduates have entered the food and beverage business as a profession and calling.  A theme throughout these many different articles? Individuals for whom food has a special importance and meaning and who find it a wonderful vehicle to community.

I hope you enjoy this edition of Tabor Today and I encourage you to peruse the pages while perhaps you dine on some of your favorite comfort foods. Spring will have arrived for many of you when this magazine lands  in your mailbox and so perhaps that food might be on a grill as we welcome the summer. I know for me, it may be over a bowl of corn flakes or a freshly wrapped and boiled dumpling!

I wish you and our many members of the Seawolf family the best for a wonderful spring and summer ahead!