STONY BROOK, N.Y., Nov. 21, 2022—CulinArt dining services staff at Stony Brook University recently gathered with students at student activities center plaza for the first-ever “Fireside Chat with Campus Dining.” CulinArt chefs and managers offered students hot cocoa and s’mores to warm up beside the fire and chat about their day and give feedback about dining on campus.
“We love creating memorable experiences, and we hosted this event to keep an open dialogue with students and let them know that their feedback is important to us,” stated Diana Kubik, interim executive director, Faculty Student Association (FSA). “It is with their help that we shape the future of our dining program.”
One thing that Senior Executive Chef Jack Yuksel noticed was that some students never roasted a marshmallow before! “I really enjoyed connecting with students and seeing their faces light up as they enjoyed a sweet treat at our fireside chat,” he said. FSA and CulinArt look forward to collaborating with students and hosting more Fireside Chats.
Chef Jack’s Tips for Toasting the Perfect Marshmallow
1. Place your marshmallow on the end of your skewer and make sure the stick goes all the way through the marshmallow to stop it from slipping.
2. Hold the marshmallow over the center of the fire, close to but not touching the coals. Gently rotate the skewer so the heat toasts the marshmallow evenly. You’ll see it gradually change color to a golden brown.
3. Once it’s toasted all the way around, your marshmallow will be ready to eat! Remember, it will be very hot! Although it may be tempting, it is best to wait 30 seconds to a minute before tasting!