The Oberlin Review

Student Dining Innovations Improve Social Atmosphere

Student Dining Innovations Improve Social Atmosphere

November 22, 2019

Last week, a waiter sat College fourth-year Monica Dix and I at a corner table at Stevenson Dining Hall. That waiter was College fourth-year Jody Shanabrook, the founder and sole waitstaff of the Stevie Dinner Date Service, a pop-up restaurant-style dining experience available for a $5 service fee. For another $5, our dinner could have been accompanied by College fourth-year Riley Calcagno’s live violin music. “We’ve had five bookings over the past two weeks, but our business has been exploding...

Chris Morocco, OC ’03, Bon Appétit Food Editor

Chris Morocco, OC ’03, Bon Appétit Food Editor

October 11, 2019

Chris Morocco, OC ’03, is a Deputy Food Editor at the lauded Bon Appétit magazine. While at Oberlin, Morocco majored in French and took great interest in photography. Now he is Deputy Food Editor at Bon Appétit, where he develops recipes and appears frequently in their popular cooking videos on YouTube. Morocco spoke with the Review about his time at Oberlin, his experience cooking in a co-op, his career explorations after college, and Bon Appétit’s transition from a print publication to a ...

Reflections on Food and Eating Through the Lens of Julia Child

Katie Lucey, Contributing Writer

April 12, 2019

 Those who know me well know that I harbor an unfettered love for the legendary American chef Julia Child. I plowed through her memoir, My Life in France, and still occasionally watch old tapings of her television program, The French Chef. I paid tribute to her culinary greatness when I saw her legendary kitchen on display at the National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. Though I did not offer a stick of butter at the altar of her extra-tall kitchen counter like Julie in Julie & Julia, I nevertheless stood in reverence of the undeniable uniqueness of one of America’s most famous culinary geniuses. Child wrote with incredible levity — both in her cookbooks and her memoirs — and her TV show h...

New Restaurant Aims To Provide Authentic Cuisine

New Restaurant Aims To Provide Authentic Cuisine

March 1, 2019

After months of anticipation, Catrina’s Tacos y Margaritas has opened its doors and is now providing the community with culinary creations in a captivating dining environment. The restaurant, which opened Feb. 20, is located on West College Street between Hanson Records and Bead Paradise. Catrina’s owner Nicolás Vázquez has made authenticity a priority. After learning traditional Mexican techniques from working at his parents’ restaurant in Sacramento, CA, Vázquez decided to open his...

Local Convenience Store Mickey Mart Will Open 24/7

Local Convenience Store Mickey Mart Will Open 24/7

March 1, 2019

Mickey Mart, located at 155 South Main Street, is now open 24 hours a day, making it the only full-time business within reasonable walking distance of Oberlin College. Many students and community members are excited about the extended hours. Mickey Mart employee Tricia Phillips said that the decision to stay open later was a benefit to business as well as the student population. “It’s convenient,” she said. “They’re making good money; we’re very happy with it.” Previously,...

Chinese Student Association Celebrates Lunar New Year

Chinese Student Association Celebrates Lunar New Year

February 15, 2019

Oberlin students celebrated the Lunar New Year at the 2019 Chinese Student Association Lunar New Year Banquet Saturday, Feb. 9. The CSA hosts this event annually, showcasing authentic food and beautiful musical performances. The dress code was semi-formal, and the Root Room was packed with students excited to embrace the cultural display. The Chinese New Year is also referred to as the Spring Festival and celebrates the end of the coldest days of winter. College junior Justin Lixie, co-chair of CSA,...

Vel Scott: Chef and Health Advocate

Vel Scott: Chef and Health Advocate

February 15, 2019

Vel Scott is a food and health advocate based in Cleveland. Her organization, Vel Scott’s Healthy You, facilitates workshops and other trainings in the greater Cleveland area, helping people to understand more about their food, where it comes from, and how to live a healthy lifestyle. She also runs Vel’s Purple Oasis, an urban farm in Cleveland that allows locals to become directly involved in food production through volunteering. This past Tuesday, Scott visited Oberlin as a guest chef, cooking in...

CDS Should Keep Serving Up the Changes

Editorial Board

November 30, 2018

Over the past year, Oberlin’s Campus Dining Services has faced significant criticism in the wake of changes caused by budgetary restrictions. Complaints have included accessibility issues, a lack of dietary options, dissatisfaction with the menu and food quality, labor issues with Bon Appétit, and the unpopular 300-meal plan that first- and second-years outside of OSCA are required to purchase. On top of these initial complaints, further issues included the closure of Dascomb Dining Hall; the removal of the made-to-order sandwich station in DeCafé; long, seemingly unmanageable lines in Stevenson Dining Hall; and the new meal swipe system in DeCafé which many students felt was confusing and disorganized at the start...

SASA Rings in Diwali Celebration with Unique Gusto

Ananya Gupta, Managing Editor

November 9, 2018

On my third Diwali at Oberlin, I had one of the best Campus Dining Services dinners in my three years on campus. Diwali is the Hindu festival of lights, a celebration of the triumph of good over evil in the battle between Lord Ram and the demon Ravana. Stevenson Dining Hall exceeded all expectations last Wednesday with their Diwali-themed vegetarian/vegan station featuring chana masala, yellow basmati rice, and paneer butter masala. Particularly in the absence of the India Garden restaurant, this meal was surprisingly soul-satisfying, abetting some of the homesickness I feel this time of year. Despite having past experiences with perhaps unintentionally appropriating international cuisines, CDS went about Diwali the...

Institutional Change Difficult, Requires Student Input, Resilience

Kameron Dunbar, Contributing Writer

September 7, 2018

This article is part of the Review’s Student Senate column. In an effort to increase communication and transparency, student senators will provide personal perspectives on recent events on campus and in the community. At this point, it should be no surprise that things are changing at Oberlin. Faculty and staff have taken benefit cuts, several staffers have been eliminated, and students are seeing all sorts of differences in dining and living spaces. Hell, even the albino squirrels have returned to reclaim their piece of the Oberlin pie. Students shouldn’t be alarmed at these changes. President Ambar started her tenure last year laying bare the financial landscape of the College, implying that our current fiscal...

Fusions Restaurant Owners Emphasize Diversity, Inclusivity, Equity in Culinary Offerings

Fusions Restaurant Owners Emphasize Diversity, Inclusivity, Equity in Culinary Offerings

September 7, 2018

Many students at Oberlin value the creation of safe spaces for different identities, a priority often shared by establishments in downtown Oberlin and greater Lorain County. Oberlin’s Fusions Restaurant is no exception — it has been committed to creating an accessible dining experience since its opening in November 2017. But where and what is Fusions? And how exactly does a restaurant foster a safe space? I came to know Fusions in January 2018 when Santos Martinez, the owner Belinda Martinez’s...

Asian Food Authenticity Panel Challenges White, API Students

Melissa Harris, Editor-in-Chief

December 1, 2017

Asia Night Market, Oberlin’s annual December tradition where students of Asian and Pacific Islander heritage celebrate their culture and cuisine, will take place tomorrow night in the Root Room of Carnegie Building from 6-8 p.m. The event, this year in its sixth iteration, is one of the only collaborations between many of the API student organizations on campus. These organizations will prepare traditional food from their respective countries of origin in order to share the role food plays in informing their cultural identities with the campus community. In recent years, API students have tried to bridge the gap between consumption and understanding the food served at Asia Night Market by organizing panels, lectures, and...

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