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College students’ meals don’t usually include crème puffs and escargot, but a few Wildcats were granted a break from Dillin dining when they attended the event “Taste of: Recipe ‘A Neighborhood Kitchen’” March 1 in Newberg, Ore.
For just $4, the Linfield Activities Board (LAB) sent students to enjoy a classy dinner and dessert, normally priced at $30 from Recipe. They enjoyed dishes, such as flank steak with pureed potatoes, and heirloom lettuce salad with vanilla rice pudding for dessert.
“Recipe had a warm and inviting atmosphere and food that looked like art,” said senior Megan Bahrt, LAB cultural events chair. “The service was wonderful, and we all had a good time.”
Owners Dustin Wyant and Paul Bachand are passionate about cooking with only the highest quality foods from local farms and ranches. They embrace the “slow food” movement, which promotes local and sustainable foods, rather than fast food and the globalization of agriculture.
“A large portion of the food there was locally sourced, which was obvious by the freshness of everything I tasted,” said sophomore Chloe Shields, one of the participating students.
Wyant and Bachand abide by old-school cooking rules, using family recipes and timeless methods. They hand-make their own pasta and Buratta cheese every day, illustrating the care they take in creating their foods. Recipe’s menu changes with the seasons so that customers are indulged with the flavorful foods at the peak of their harvest.
Wyant and Bachand feature dishes that one would eat amongst friends and family in the comfort of their own home, which perhaps explains why the restaurant is established in a classic Victorian home. Recipe’s farmhouse design is intended to make customers feel welcomed and comfortable in their restaurant.
“Recipe was a little small, as it was tucked away in the structure of an old Victorian house.” Shields said. “The restaurant was beautiful and provided a warm and relaxing candlelit atmosphere.”
“Taste of” outings are created to give Wildcats dining experiences with foods from a variety of cultures and locations outside of McMinnville.
“I came to the U.S. as an exchange student with a view to experience new things and broaden my horizons. Sometimes I feel McMinnville is a bit too small, and there are not many places to go and not so many things to do. Although, I still love this town,” freshman Chihoon Cho said in an email. “These ‘Taste of’ trips (have) granted me the opportunity to understand the diversity in the U.S. food culture. I appreciate it from the bottom of my heart.”
If cereal, pizza or—heaven forbid—Thai Country gets old, students can make the trip to Recipe, where they can enjoy home-style dishes from the local wine country.
Carrie Skuzeski/Culture Editor
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The Linfield College Computer Science Club recently finished among the top placers at a programing competition held Nov. 3 at the University of Portland. The competition was the 2012 Pacific Northwest regional qualifier of the International Collegiate Programming Contest.
“I think the International Collegiate Programming Contest is a wonderful experience for the computer science students here at Linfield,” sophomore Graham Romero said.
Linfield sent a total of 14 students representing five separate teams to the competition. In total, the teams representing Linfield were the best in Oregon and finished seventh regionally.
“The problems given aren’t necessarily what you’d have in real life, especially because they all have a theme. This year was “Lord of the Rings,” but they contain concepts that are very applicable in real-life situations,” Romero said.
Some of the other schools represented at the competition were Stanford University, University of British Columbia, University of California, Berkeley and University of Washington.
As an end result, Linfield teams finished second, sixth, 10th, 15th, 22nd and 23rd in the state of Oregon, giving Linfield the highest ranking from the state.
“I attended the same contest last year at University of Oregon, and ranked 60th of 94. This year my team got 33rd of 111 teams, so it’s nice to see that improvement,” Romero said. “Relative to last year, or any year we’ve participated, Linfield did much better. Our professor, Daniel Ford, definitely helped prepare us for the contest, as well as the workshop leader, senior Cody Tipton,” Romero said.
The International Collegiate Programming Contest is the largest, oldest and most prestigious programming contest in the world. In total, more than 25,000 students, representing 2,200 universities from 85 countries, located on six continents competed in regional qualifiers around the world.
In order for students to compete, they must be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate school program, and either be younger than 23 or have completed less than five years of education after high school.
It goes without saying that students from the Linfield College Computer Science Club had an exceptional performance at their recent regional qualifier. Not only do their results come with bragging rights, but it also comes with the pride of achieving goals.
Madeline Bergman can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.