Bon Appétit has apparently hired one Michael Strumpf to take Delmar Crim‘s place as the Resident District Manager at Wesleyan this year. No photo yet, but we can judge him on his Googleable work history.
Strumpf is coming from a former job as the General Manager for Bon Appétit at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, where he was instrumental in creating that school’s Farm to Fork local-food-based menu. He seems to have done a generally Delmar-type job in his interactions with the student body there.
From Southern Maryland News in March 2007:
Michael Strumpf, general manager of Bon Appetite at St. Mary’s College, makes sure the food he serves comes from local growers like the Funny Farm. He is also attempting to get the local Amish to raise and slaughter cattle specifically for the college. Every year he organizes the school’s “eat local challenge.” – the idea is to serve only local foods for an entire week.
“We have these bio-degradable plastic cups made out of corn,” said Strumpf holding one up at the crowded dining-hall furnished with wooden beams and lined by large windows.
Ok, Bon Appétit did all this locally-grown stuff for us when Delmar was here, but Amish-fresh beef? Funny Farm? Locavore diets aren’t nearly as endearing in Middletown as they apparently are in a 50-mile radius of St. Mary’s College.