Thursday, August 14, 2008
A Five Ring Circus
My old good friend Janet is part of a team that is providing food for the Olympic athletes and media reps. I haven't seen her in ages because she has been in China for over a year preparing for these two weeks. The New York Times had an article about this initiative which I have posted below. Thanks NYT.
BEIJING — The Olympic Village dining hall is the size of three football fields — large enough to seat 6,000 people at one time. And the food operation needed to feed a multinational, multicultural, multilingual base 24 hours a day is equally vast in scope.
A Philadelphia-based privately held company, Aramark, is handling the food for the Olympic Village, two Media Centers and two Media Villages during the Olympic Games — its 14th Summer or Winter Games since the company first had a contract for the Mexico City Games in 1968.
In order to satisfy a diverse and demanding set of palates for the 28,000 athletes, coaches and staff at the village, the chefs at Aramark have designed a menu that features 800 recipes from all around the world that accommodate all sorts of dietary needs — vegetarian, Halal, kosher.
The eight-day menu rotation has an Asian bent, specifically with a focus on Chinese specialties including Peking duck, congee and shaved noodles, but it also has dishes from Italy, Greece, Northern Africa, southern Spain and Latin America.
According to Aramark, the company will prepare:
More than 35,000 pounds of duck
More than 14,000 pounds of tofu
150,000 pounds of beef
1 million apples
20.1 million servings of rice
Not to mention the cheese, lettuce, onions, chickens, and oranges.