Food and drink â€“ of various kinds, textures and origins â€“ were available for the sampling at the annual Taste of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville on Thursday, Oct. 10 in the Morris University Center Ballroom.
â€œTaste of SIUE allows us to solicit feedback from the University community about menu items to see what they would like to have offered,â€� said Melissa McEldowney, associate director of SIUE Dining Services. â€œIt also allows us to introduce new food items for people to taste at no cost to them. Moreover, the vendors are able to interact with the University community and discover their preferences.â€�
More than 1,700 people attended Taste of SIUE to enjoy samples from 15 food vendors.
â€œA wide range of food was offered, with more than 100 different food products,â€� said McEldowney. â€œSome of the food included beverages, street tacos, desserts, craft sandwiches, gluten free and healthy items, along with more traditional fair like Nacho-style chicken tenders and breaded avocado slices.â€�
â€œWe are all extremely passionate about the Taste of SIUE experience and are committed to making the event enjoyable,â€� she continued. â€œWe give away awesome grand prizes and free food!â€�
(L-R): Enjoying Taste of SIUE are Justin Huff and Elise Harvey, both College of Arts and Sciencesâ€™ advisors.