I’m pleased to see that The Columns now has a food reviewer. I’ll second the recommendation for Nick’s, best pub food in town and they really make an effort regarding sustainability (co-owner Susan Bright visited the Food Committee last year). Not mentioned in the review are their specials which are usually the best things on the menu. Best of all: gumbo on Tuesdays and jambalaya on Wednesdays.
Sticking to the food theme, the IMU will host a Fall Harvest Farmers Market next Wednesday, October 22nd at the IMU on the North entrance patio from 10AM – 2PM with fresh local produce plus preserves, salsas, honey etc., free hot cider and roasted vegetable flatbread samples. Look for coupons starting on Monday. The IU Office of Sustainability’s Food Working Group, of which I am a co-chair, will have a table. So I’ll be there too, for some of it at least.
Friday looks packed. The Food Committee meeting in the Coffeehouse (5-6pm) overlaps with the Great Pumpkin Festival (4:30-7:30) in the Courtyard. Then at 8 you can choose between the Dark Place marathon in the Cinema and a bonfire, again in the Courtyard.
Looking beyond Collins, US anxiety about Ebola seems to be increasing now that a third case has been reported. Be careful if you go near (Black people in) Dallas, especially if you drive a car there. US auto fatalities run over 30,000 per year (in other words about another 9/11 every month) and yet we suffer little anxiety about that figure. Of course it would be inconvenient if we did.
Almost forgot, go see Puccini’s La Boheme this weekend (or next). It is a great first opera (if that is what it will be): wonderful arias engaging plot (tragic love story of course).
Finally next week: “Local-Sustainable Foods-Moving Beyond the Low-Hanging Fruit” with Brent Cunningham, Columbia Journalism Review in the Collins Coffee House 3:30-5:30 pm (including reception). This is a themester event.
Professor of History
Director, Collins LLC
15 October 2014