Students can tantalize their taste buds Tuesday evening as celebrity chef Jet Tila flies in from Los Angeles to serve up a range of Asian favorites, with a special focus on Thai cuisine.Between 5 and 7 p.m. at both dining halls, the “Chef Jet Menu” will be a step up from the usual dining hall fare, with the appearance of dishes such as honey ginger salad; tom yum soup, a Thai spicy and sour soup; drunken noodles and pad thai, according to a Notre Dame Food Services (NDFS) press release.Apart from performing cooking demonstrations at South Dining Hall, which will be video-streamed to screens at both dining halls, the Cordon Bleu graduate and current Food Network chef will present a new signature dish for NDFS. This is all part of NDFS’ “continued improvements and diversification,” the press release said.“Back in the beginning of the spring semester, we started having conversations on a visiting celebrity chef series and being able to bring someone onto campus,” NDFS director Chris Abayasinghe said. “With this week leading into the last day of classes … we thought this was the perfect time to do it.”Fans of Thai food like freshman Matt Williams are excited about the initiative to bring quality and variety to the dining halls.“I think it’s really cool that they’re spicing things up and bringing in new options to the dining hall,” Williams said. “I come to North most of the time, so I feel like there’s more variety here than there is at South, so I feel South in particular could use some spritzing up. But yeah, more options would be good, especially ethnic foods so I can’t complain about that.”Besides satisfying the palates of those familiar with the cuisine, Abayasinghe said he also wants to target those who have had limited or no exposure to Thai food.“Thai food has some strong universal tones — you have certain curry flavors, fresh basil, ginger — a lot of common ingredients you see throughout many cultures’ cuisine,” Abayasinghe said. “When we think about authenticity, which I think is really what the Notre Dame student is keen on … having a premier chef here to train our staff, I think, will go a long way to our students in terms of acceptance and satisfaction for a meal.”According to the Office of Sustainability website, more than 11,000 meals are served daily at the two dining halls. Although the special menu was designed with practicability in mind, Abayasinghe emphasized the attention to detail “down to the specific brand of fish sauce [Tila] wanted.”“We worked closely with Chef Jet and his team to identify menus that would have both a complexity of taste as well as an easily executable menu for the amount of customers we feed every night,” Abayasinghe said.Abayasinghe said the performance could serve as a model for future events.“The menu items that we will feature will also help us gauge student interest and specific items for us to schedule for future menus,” he said. “The quickest gauge is based on how much of one product we make.”In addition to overseeing the preparation and serving of the food, Tila will train staff on the “significant differences” in cooking different cuisines, such as layering spices and timing to balance flavor and texture, Abayasinghe said.“As we think about the Food Network and its universal appeal to people of various age demographics, inviting [the] chef here is both an opportunity for him for that one-on-one contact with our students and also an opportunity for us to focus on cutting-edge culinary techniques,” he said.According to a NDFS press release from January, Notre Dame was ranked ninth in Niche’s 2015 rankings of best campus food, based on a survey of 64,000 students.For those without meal plans, tickets to the Chef Jet event will be available at the dining hall entrances for $16 for adults and $8 for children aged 6 to 12. Children aged 5 and under are free.Tags: Celebrity, Celebrity Chef, Jet Tila, NDFS, Notre Dame Food Services, Thai, Thailand
View Comments Megan Hilty Let her be your star indeed! Smash standout Megan Hilty will once again play a Broadway actress on the small screen. The new mom has signed on as the lead in the pilot of Judah Miller’s untitled comedy for ABC.The show follows Hilty as a flamboyant Tony-winning diva adjusting to being a suburban mom. She is forced outside her comfort zone when she realizes her son is more into sports than show tunes—he’s a natural-born competitive athlete. (The horror!)Besides her role on Smash (in which she had Bernadette Peters playing her Tony-winning mom), Hilty is known for starring on Broadway as Glinda in Wicked and Doralee in 9 to 5 as well as TV’s Sean Saves the World.Miller, the writer and executive producer of the project, knows all about Broadway stars; he’s married to Hairspray Tony winner Marissa Jaret Winokur. Star Files
However, rising interest rates led to a 5.4% loss on its 44% fixed income allocation.This loss was the main reason behind the scheme’s overall return of 1.8% for the period, SPMS said.Steenvoorden attributed SPMS’s 5% loss on emerging market equities to slowing economies and rising interest rates, triggered by the US central bank’s tightening of its monetary policy.“Falling local currencies contributed to the investment loss,” he added.However, the director stressed that SPMS would not alter its investments in emerging markets.“We consider the disappointing performance as a temporary phenomenon and are positive about the long-term prospects,” he said.Hedge funds returned 8.5%, according to the pension fund, which noted marked performance gaps between various strategies.Steenvoorden declined to provide details on the strategies, but confirmed that returns ranged between 1% and 14%.The pension fund’s 10% property portfolio delivered an overall return of 0.2%, with European listed real estate returning 11%.By contrast, non-listed property and US listed real estate produced 1% and 2% losses last year.SPMS said that, on balance, rising interest rates had had a positive effect its financial position, as decreasing liabilities lead to a funding increase of 5 percentage points to 117% at year-end. The pension fund has granted all of its participants a 3% indexation. The €7bn pension fund for medical consultants (SPMS) in the Netherlands has reported a 50% return on its Japanese equity investments in 2013.Jeroen Steenvoorden, the scheme’s director, said: “Because we fully hedged the currency risk on the yen, we could fully benefit from the equity yield.” He added that, without currency cover, the net return in euros would have dropped to 22%.Meanwhile, SPMS’s 34% equity allocation generated a 17% return, with US and European equities returning 28.5% and 27.2% respectively.
Accra Hearts of Oak physiotherapist Okyere Baffour Agyei has confirmed that defender Isaac Oduro has been ruled out for 10 weeks.The defender fractured his fibula in the fourth minute of the club’s MTN FA CUP match with Samartex on Saturday.Oduro was playing his second match of the season, and was on his first full start, after he had recovered from an ankle injury.However, the defender could not last the opening minutes of the game as he unluckily succumbed to another injury blow.“Isaac Oduro from our match with Samartex had an injury in the early stages of the game and we quickly rushed him to the Samreboi Hospital,” Baffour told facebook.com/accraheartsofoak.“We took an X-ray from there the Doctor realized there was a fracture to the fibula – the distal one-third – so they gave him medication and took him to the theatre to put his leg in a cast. At the moment, we are going to see an orthopaedic specialist and then we will carry on from there. “We know for a normal bone fracture injury, it takes six weeks to come out of the cast and also depending on how the healing goes, the rehabilitation too will take a number of weeks; so normally, and at best, by the 10th week, if everything goes according then he should return to training – so that is what we are looking at, at the moment.”The Hearts physiotherapist has also advised Isaac Oduro on a number of things he would have to do to help his recovery rate.Baffour said: “I have been speaking with him and he tells me how he moves or sleeps so I have advised him with his posture in the house, even using the clutches, how he lies down, how he sits down and how he should position the leg in sleeping, sitting, and even walking. I have advised him on his diets also because that will also influence the rate of healing.” –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySports