Looks like Aramark, Bon Appétit’s predecessor, has kept plenty busy since leaving Wesleyan:
The Olympic Village dining hall is the size of three football fields — large enough to sit 6,000 people at one time. And the food operation needed to feed a multinational, multicultural, multilingual base 24 hours a day is equally vast in scope.
A Philadelphia-based privately held company, Aramark, is handling the food for the Olympic Village, two Media Centers and two Media Villages during the Olympic Games — its 14th Summer or Winter Games since the company first had a contract for the Mexico City Games in 1968.
In order to satisfy a diverse and demanding set of palates for the 28,000 athletes, coaches and staff at the village, the chefs at Aramark have designed a menu that features 800 recipes from all around the world that accommodate all sorts of dietary needs — vegetarian, Halal, kosher.
The eight-day menu rotation has an Asian bent, specifically with a focus on Chinese specialties including Peking duck, congee and shaved noodles, but it also has dishes from Italy, Greece, Northern Africa, southern Spain and Latin America.
According to Aramark, the company will prepare:
- More than 35,000 pounds of duck
- More than 14,000 pounds of tofu
- 150,000 pounds of beef
- 1 million apples
- 20.1 million servings of rice
- 743,000 potatoes
Not to mention the cheese, lettuce, onions, chickens, and oranges.
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