Work on an online cookbook to support Blue Table, UB's new food pantry for students. Build a sense of community, culture and support through celebrating food and cooking.
Alex Otero loves people and food. Since joining the UB cleaning staff 13 years ago, Alex has connected with faculty, staff and students throughout the university, sharing his love for food and his unwavering spirit of positivity and gratitude.
Those who know Alex know that he worries about our students, especially those who lack access to food or the sense of joy and community that comes with sharing meals and cooking with friends and family.
When Alex learned about Blue Table—UB's new virtual food pantry for students, he was eager to offer his support. In discussions with Mara Huber (Associate Dean and Director of the ELN), he began to envision a project that would build a sense of community around cooking, eating, and engaging in the cultural and social aspects of food.
Through this new project, Alex invites students to work on an online cookbook that will feature members of the UB community, sharing their favorite recipes and stories. Students will lead all aspects of the project from collecting and testing recipes, managing videos and photo shoots, and assembling and marketing the cookbook. All proceeds will support Blue Table and other activities designed to support UB students.
Check out two of Alex's favorite, go-to recipes!
This is a quick and easy recipe that is also inexpensive. You can use whatever ingredients you like and may add some red sauce for dipping.
This is a traditional Puerto Rican dish that I often eat with my family. Although it contains several ingredients, they are not expensive and can be found in most grocery stores in the Goya aisle. I have tried to add measurements where possible although I never measure when I cook at home, so adjust to your liking.
Students will lead all stages of cookbook development and sales including:
Students will gain related experience and enjoy opportunities to engage with diverse UB offices and programs while building a sense of community around food and cooking.
|Length of commitment||About a semester (3-5 months)|
|Start time||Spring (January/February)|
|Level of collaboration||Small group project (2-3 students)|
|Who is eligible||Anyone|
If you are planning to use this project to satisfy program requirements for your academic major or minor, it is your responsibility to obtain approval from your academic department prior to beginning the project.
Once you begin the digital badge series, you will have access to all the necessary activities and instructions. Your mentor has indicated they would like you to also complete the specific preparation activities below. Please reference this when you get to Step 2 of the Preparation Phase.
Students will be asked to submit a video profile responding to the following questions/prompts: