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July/August 2017   
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Rutgers Rising Memorial Set for September 7

In keeping with a cherished School tradition, several faculty, staff, alumni, and friends of the university and the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences who have passed away will be honored at the Rutgers Rising memorial event at 6 p.m. on September 7, 2017 at the Cook Student Center.

Among those being honored are professor emeritus Raymond A. Cappellini; longtime member of the NJAES Board of Managers Jon Stephen "Steve" Carnahan; grants and contracts accounting manager Jacquelyn R. "Jackie" Hlavsa; Rutgers Cooperative Extension agent Dianne S. Lennon; professor emeritus Karl Maramorosch; alumnus David A. Meirs II; professor emeritus Carl A. Price; alumnus and friend Abram J. Suydam, Jr., and Ann M. Suydam; alumnus H. Boyd Woodruff; and professor emeritus George J. Wulster.

The event is open to faculty, staff, students, alumni, and friends; guests are asked to register to ensure sufficient seating and refreshments.
It's Time for the Great Tomato Tasting

Every year, Garden State residents wait in keen anticipation for the annual Jersey Great Tomato Tasting tomato crop to makes its appearance. And every year the Snyder Research and Extension Farm in Pittstown, NJ, welcomes upwards of 1,000 visitors to its Open House and Great Tomato Tasting. This year the event takes place on Wednesday, August 30, 2017, from 3 to 7 p.m.

Of course, the focus is on tomatoes, with more than 80 heirloom and hybrid varieties offered for tasting and evaluation. In addition, there will be tastings of farm-grown fruits and vegetables, tours of demonstration gardens, wagon rides to see farm research plots, a chef's demonstration, educational displays, family farm photo opportunities, and more. The entrance fee is $10 per person, with children under 12 free of charge. Registration is strongly suggested.

Rutgers Gardens and Due Mari Offer Cooking Class, Dinner

Just in time for the Jersey tomato season, Due Mari, a Zagat-rated Italian restaurant in downtown New Brunswick, will demonstrate how to make, shape and cook with fresh Sweet dani basil mozzarella, burrata, and stracciatella, in a special cooking class sponsored by Rutgers Gardens on Wednesday, August 23, 2017. The class starts at 6:30 p.m., followed by a three-course al fresco dinner at the Gardens featuring the fruits, vegetables, and herbs freshly sourced from the student-run farm on-site. Tickets are $70 plus tax and gratuity. A portion of the proceeds benefits Rutgers Gardens.
Plant-based Foods Are Focus of Daylong Conference

The Institute for Food, Nutrition, and Health is partnering with Forward Food, a Chef's demonstration program of the Humane Society of the United States, to conduct a one-day conference on Thursday, September 21, 2017, from 9:15 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the IFNH Building on the G.H. Cook campus.

The theme, "Rutgers Forward Food Conference: Creating Healthy, Sustainable Menu Options," is geared to food service professionals who want to introduce more plant-based foods and proteins into their menus. In addition to a line-up of speakers, the event will feature a plant-based cooking demonstration by Harvest director and chef Ian Keith and a tasting.

The program offers continuing education credits for food service professionals and is open to professionals and the Rutgers community. It is free, but registration is required. Further details are available on the event website.  
Save the Date: Thursday, December 7,
For the Annual Retired Faculty Luncheon

Please mark your calendar to join Executive Dean Bob Goodman for the annual Retired Faculty Luncheon on Thursday, December 7, 2017, starting at 11:30 a.m. This year's event will take place in the Rectangle Room of Neilson Dining Hall on the G.H. Cook campus. 
Upcoming Events
August 23, 2017 -- Rutgers Gardens and Due Mari restaurant cooking class and dinner, 6:30 p.m., Rutgers Gardens (details above)

August 30, 2017 -- Great Tomato Tasting, 3 to 7 p.m., Snyder Research and Extension Farm, 140 Locust Grove Road, Pittstown, NJ (details above)

September 7, 2017 -- Rutgers Rising Memorial, 6 p.m., Cook Student Center, 59 Biel Road, New Brunswick (details above)

September 21, 2017 -- Forward Food and IFNH food conference, 9:15 a.m. to 4 p.m., IFNH Building, 61 Dudley Road, New Brunswick (details above)

Through September 30, 2017 -- New Jersey 4-H and County Fairs (visit the website)

Through October 31, 2017 -- New Brunswick Community Farmers Market, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays (visit website for details)

Every Friday through November 17, 2017 - Rutgers Gardens Cook's Market, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Rutgers Gardens

December 7, 2017 -- Retired Faculty Luncheon, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Rectangle Room, Neilson Dining Hall (please save the date)
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This Newsletter is brought to you by the Office of Alumni and Community Engagement, a unit of the Division of Advancement of the Office of the Executive Dean of the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences and the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station. Please visit our website at Contact the Office of Alumni and Community Engagement at 848-932-4215 or [email protected].
Diana M. Orban Brown, Director