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Chaney Dining Center Hosts Canton Jamaican Restaurant ‘Da Kitchen’

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

SUNY Canton’s Chaney Dining Center recently presented students with a full menu of Jamaican cuisine.

Dining center staff invited guest cook Jody A. Pitt from Da Kitchen in downtown Canton to cook her specialties. Pitt is a former student who saw the opportunity to share her cooking alongside the dinner service at Chaney.

Jody A. Pitt owner of Da Kitchen Jamaican Restaurant in Downtown Canton makes rice and mixed vegetables in SUNY Canton’s Chaney Dining Center Kitchen.

Jody A. Pitt owner of Da Kitchen Jamaican Restaurant in Downtown Canton makes rice and mixed vegetables in SUNY Canton’s Chaney Dining Center Kitchen.

“Chaney provided the ingredients and I provided my recipes,” Pitt said, as she stirred a large pot of rice in Chaney’s kitchen. “I’m so happy to see students come out. I love to see people enjoying our food.”

She prepared ox tail, curry chicken, rice and peas and jerk pork.

Students lined up for the specialty fares. Tracy T. Miller, a Sports Management Major from Brooklyn, was already a regular customer at Da Kitchen. Miller said he loved the convenience of having the food at the dining center. “I wish they had this all the time,” he added.

Brandon M. Burrell, a SUNY Canton Homeland Security major from the Bronx picks out Jamaican entrees prepared by Da Kitchen in Chaney Dining Center.

Brandon M. Burrell, a SUNY Canton Homeland Security major from the Bronx picks out Jamaican entrees prepared by Da Kitchen in Chaney Dining Center.

Susan D. Law, director of dining services, said having guest cooks from local restaurants fits in with the overall mission to tie food services with local vendors and growers. “We like to tie our operations with local businesses whenever we can,” she said. “In this case it gives students new options while helping Jody market her business.”

Steven W. Maiocco, assistant director of dining and executive chef said, “Our students love to try new things and are very appreciative of the expanded selection.”

The Dining Center also hosts local vendor and grower exhibitions each semester to highlight its ties with local businesses.

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier College for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and certificate programs. The College delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management, and public service to students in the North Country, New York State, and beyond. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to their academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as eight exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The College’s 14 athletic teams compete in state-of-the-art facilities as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.

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New Executive Chef Will Serve Up Local Flavor at SUNY Canton

Thursday, January 16th, 2014
Steven W. Maiocco preparing some glazed carrots with local organic thyme.

Steven W. Maiocco preparing some glazed carrots with fresh organic thyme.

SUNY Canton’s new executive chef will bring the best food the North Country has to offer to the campus’ community table.

Steven W. Maiocco assumed his duties as assistant director of dining and executive chef in December. The guiding principle of his culinary approach is to serve fresh, local food.

“It’s my job to ensure we’re using the freshest ingredients whenever possible, with a focus on locally grown and produced foods,” Maiocco added. “I am very excited to be working with dedicated members of the Dining Services team to continue the great work they do and to identify opportunities for us to improve our service to students, faculty and staff.”

Susan D. Law, director of dining services, said Maiocco’s duties entail overseeing food production across the entire campus, including catering services. He also will be responsible for training and overseeing food service team members.

“We are thrilled to welcome Steve to the SUNY Canton community,” Law said. “His talent and experience will be an invaluable asset to our campus.”

Maiocco is a 2004 graduate of Johnson & Wales University. Prior to joining SUNY Canton, he served as SUNY Potsdam’s executive chef. He also previously worked for Blue Hills Country Club in Canton, Mass.

“Our dining services are a significant part of campus life,” Maiocco said. “My commitment to the culinary arts, coupled with an outstanding team, will allow us to further enhance our students’ experience.”

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier College for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and certificate programs. The College delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management, and public service to students in the North Country, New York State, and beyond. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to their academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as eight exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The College’s 14 athletic teams compete in state-of-the-art facilities as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.

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