May 17, 2022

Charlie Doodle

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A ‘Joyful’ Food Festival at Sam’s Place

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Montclair State University Dining held a street food festival on Sept. 24 to celebrate the opening of Food Hall. The event was called “Joyful” and the atmosphere was buzzing with life.

Students take pictures with props at the photo booth.
Michael Callejas | The Montclarion

Many students enjoyed Caribbean food such as Jamaican jerk chicken, curry beef and aloo, shark and bake and more. Meatball and vegetable deep-dish pizza was on the menu alongside sausage and chunky tomato deep-dish pizza. On the halal menu, the festival served flank steak and chicken street tacos. Over on the Flame menu, there were Cuban sandwiches and chicharrones de pollo.

Executive Chef Carlos Mohammed preparing street Tacos. John LaRosa | The Montclarion

Executive chef Carlos Mohammed prepares street tacos.
John LaRosa | The Montclarion

Executive chef James Standridge also showed students how to create a healthier meal out of the ramen most college students have in their dorms.

Staff members enjoyed playing Uno with some of the students and there was a photo booth with a variety of props. A DJ played music for the students.

The Food Hall staff played various games with the students. John LaRosa | The Montclarion

The Food Hall staff played various games with the students.
John LaRosa | The Montclarion

Music was provided at Sam's place. Michael Callejas | The Montclarion

Music was provided at Sam’s Place.
Michael Callejas | The Montclarion

There was an intense game of Jenga between two students so captivating even Rocky came to watch.

Rocky the Redhawk and friends stressing over Jenga. John LaRosa | The Montclarion

Rocky the Redhawk and friends stress over Jenga.
John LaRosa | The Montclarion

Bella Gilberti loses after an intense game of extra large Jenga. Michael Callejas | The Montclarion

Bella Gilberti loses after an intense game of extra large Jenga.
Michael Callejas | The Montclarion

Students were able to spin a prize wheel if they donated canned food to Red Hawk Food Pantry. They had another opportunity to win prizes if they took a video or picture in the photo booth.

Some of the ingredients used by Senior executive chef James Standridge. Michael Callejas | The Montclarion

Some of the ingredients used by senior executive chef James Standridge.
Michael Callejas | The Montclarion

Giveaways and activities were available for students. Michael Callejas | The Montclarion

Giveaways and activities were available for students.
Michael Callejas | The Montclarion

Food Hall had a photo booth at their festival with a variety of props. John LaRosa | The Montclarion

Food Hall had a photo booth at their festival with a variety of props.
John LaRosa | The Montclarion

Senior executive chef James Standridge shows students how to cook healthy meals on a budget. Michael Callejas | The Montclarion

Senior executive chef James Standridge shows students how to cook healthy meals on a budget.
Michael Callejas | The Montclarion

Executive Chef James Standridge gave a demonstration on knife safety. John LaRosa | The Montclarion

Executive chef James Standridge gives a demonstration on knife safety.
John LaRosa | The Montclarion

Delicious potato and rice being served to a resident. Michael Callejas | The Montclarion

Delicious potato and rice is served to a resident.
Michael Callejas | The Montclarion

Flavorful vegan food being prepared in the kitchen. Michael Callejas | The Montclarion

Flavorful vegan food is prepared in the kitchen.
Michael Callejas | The Montclarion

The cooks were hard at work preparing fresh food for students. Michael Callejas | The Montclarion

The cooks were hard at work preparing fresh food for students.
Michael Callejas | The Montclarion

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