By Dave Renn, Beginning Farmer & Rancher Program Manager
The NBA playoffs are upon us! Sadly, my beloved Portland Trailblazers lost their opening game to the New Orleans Pelicans.
Meanwhile, the local-food-fueled Philadelphia 76ers are even in their series with the Miami Heat. Local-food-fueled?! You read that right! Back in March, Kevin Arnovitz at ESPN took a behind-the-scenes look at Philadelphia’s kitchen and their approach to player nutrition. If you’re a local food fan looking for a team to root for this spring, the 76ers might be for you.
Take a minute to read the article and check out the photo gallery!
If you’re a local food fan looking for a team to root for this spring, the 76ers might be for you.
Executive chef JaeHee Cho auditioned for his post with the 76ers using a menu that aimed to “creatively use every part of a chicken.” He serves the team Gatorade cups filled with bone broth during their film sessions, and beets have become a game-day hit among players and staff.
In a profession that demands the utmost athleticism from some of the biggest bodies on the planet, Cho knows that the source of food matters. He told Arnovitz, “Where food comes from and how it’s grown and the care into raising livestock or tending the soil, I feel like that has a direct effect on the wholesomeness and nutritional content of food.”
In a profession that demands the utmost athleticism from some of the biggest bodies on the planet, Cho knows that the source of food matters.
If this all sounds a bit familiar, it might be because Griz athletes have been eating Montana-grown grains, meat, and vegetables for years, fueling UM’s teams and supporting local farmers and ranchers.
“Not only does our Farm to College program help support Montana farmers and ranchers, it also helps us procure the freshest and most nutritious foods for our students and guests,” says Trevor Lowell, UM Dining Sustainability Director, and CFAC’s Board Chair.
It’s a win before the team even takes the court!
This is part 2 of Dave’s blog series on the intersection of sports and local food. Read part 1, Oakland A’s “The Farm” is a Home Run, here.