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in my OPINION

UB students dine at Goodyear Hall c. 1965 (Photo: University Archives)

Salisbury steak and veal parm: What are your best food memories from campus dining at UB?

One of my favorite memories was having Lucky Charms in the Governors dining hall. I would never buy them myself or have them in my room, so at weekend brunch, I’d “treat” myself with the sweet marshmallows! I also loved eating at the kosher deli in Talbert Hall during lunchtime to enjoy a kosher burger or a boureka.

*Ruth Kleinman, BA ’05
New York, N.Y.

The worst food that was always offered was Salisbury steak. My favorite memory was UB basketball legend Sam Pellom asking me how I could eat yogurt on the food service line in Goodyear Hall. The answer was simple: It was better than the Salisbury steak!

*Ronald Balter, BA ’80
Brooklyn, N.Y.

My memory is that the food was fresh. Vegetables and fruit were wholesome and tasty, and only a small amount was transported long distances from other countries. We had more local food and less processed food.

*Peter Gamba, BS ’69
Branchport, N.Y.

Nothing like that grease pit between Goodyear and Clement—“The Spot.” Those chicken sandwiches were quality stuff!

Jeff Dubinsky, BA ’95
Pineville, N.C.

At Governors downstairs at night, I enjoyed the best fries with wing sauce and cheese—all of my suitemates used to get them all the time.

Jim Larson, BA ’01 & BA ’97
Albany, N.Y.

I just remember the first two years (1988-1990). I lived in Pritchard and Goodyear and ate in Goodyear. The food wasn’t gourmet but, for a college student with an off-the-charts metabolism, I loved the all-you-can-eat [menus] and took advantage of every meal!

Ron Fazar, BA ’92
Pittsford, N.Y.

I came to campus in the fall of 1965, lived at the Allenhurst Apartments and dined at Goodyear Hall. The most memorable experience was the food poisoning we experienced, if I recall correctly, from tainted shrimp salad. The second was Jell-O; it seemed like it was served at every meal. I didn’t eat it for several years after. Initially, there was a dress code: For guys a collared shirt was required at dinner and a jacket and tie on Sunday— thankfully that was changed after one semester! The best food memories are the friendships. The dining hall was a great place to meet people, develop friendships, hang out and socialize. Many of those friendships remain after 47 years.

Ken Schirmuhly, MBA ’73 & BS ’69
Webster, N.Y.

The first time I’d ever seen garbanzos or chickpeas was in the cafeteria, and I would not touch them because they looked like rabbit droppings! Now they are a regular part of my vegan diet, but in the form of hummus, not whole, naked garbanzos.

*Virginia Jones, BA ’71
Aztec, N.M.

During the Blizzard of 1977, we were trapped in the Ellicott Complex for about a week. Things got to the point that Food Service had a large quantity of frozen veal parmigiana and apparently not much else. They served it in the cafeteria and provided it to students off meal service. Needless to say, I still can’t look at institutional veal parm (odd-shaped hockey pucks).

Donald Drazan, BA ’80
Hannacroix, N.Y.

I ate breakfast in the Student Union after working the night shift at General Mills. The food was excellent. I lived in a rooming house on Winspear Avenue and for dinner ate at the restaurant across from Hayes Hall on Main Street. That food also was good and usually accompanied by the strains of “Ebb Tide” from the juke box. I usually had a hot turkey sandwich on white toast with stuffing, cranberry sauce and gravy. My tastes were simple, probably from studying Spinoza.

*Gordon Gibson, BA ’57
Orangevale, Calif.

During my junior and senior years, many of us would meet in an empty classroom to work on our engineering homework together. The size of the group depended on the difficulty of the assignments. Some days my personal schedule allowed only one hour for lunch so there was no time to go to Norton. My solution was the bookstore that was then close to the engineering building. I could buy a large quarter pound Baby Ruth candy bar for 10 cents. The bookstore might not be a favorite place to eat, but looking back it was a memorable experience.

William Graham McAllister, BS ’51
Seal Beach, Calif.

Brown bread and cream cheese sandwiches!

Elizabeth Peters, BA ’79
Rochester, N.Y.

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