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Mac Expands Vegetarian Options To More Than Just One Leaf

Mac Expands Vegetarian Options To More Than Just One Leaf

Student Life March 22, 2018 The New England Classic

MCELROY COMMONS —  Mike at Mac™ announced Thursday that Carney’s Dining Room, located in McElroy Commons, would be expanding dining options for vegetarian students... Mac Expands Vegetarian Options To More Than Just One Leaf

MCELROY COMMONS —  Mike at Mac™ announced Thursday that Carney’s Dining Room, located in McElroy Commons, would be expanding dining options for vegetarian students beyond a single spinach leaf.

For decades, Mac has served Boston College students an array of different meal options from Crossroads to Innovations, as long as said students have meat in their diets.

As years passed, campus vegetarians united, speaking to UGBC and the administration about including more meat-free options. In an attempt to be seen as more progressive, Mac has decided to take a monumental step in offering vegetarian options beyond their signature spinach leaves.

“We had a team of researchers scour the woods around campus to get inspiration for our new meals,” said Amanda Brogle (MCAS ‘20), who works the dinner shift at Mac. “We’re really excited with what they came up with. Our menu has extended to include oak leaves, dandelion soup, and for those looking for something with a bit of a kick, raw pine needles.”

Finally, students know exactly where their food is coming from. All vegetarian options are sourced directly from woods and parks around Chestnut Hill, with the occasional surprise dish harvested from the Newton woods. Students can eat with confidence, knowing that their food was obtained through local initiatives and ethical means.

Students are reacting quite positively so far to the additions.

“I’ve had the same meal — rice and ice water — 3 times a day for 107 days since I came here,” admitted Valerie Greene (LSOE ‘21). “But with these new options, I’m excited to ‘branch’ out — get it?. Anyways, they say you are what you eat, so I’m ready to try out a new identity for myself: a bay leaf.”

The Classic asked BC Dining if the new options are vegan as well, and our questions were met with a few shrugs of uncertainty.

“Probably? There might be eggs in them, though. We have no idea.”

At press time, a Mac chef was seen preparing a fresh batch of dandelion soup, using beef broth as the base.