Fraternity Foodie

Check out our latest travels (and food choices) at University cities all across North America!

Fraternity Foodie: UC Berkeley

I worked with the new members of the IFC Fraternities at UC Berkeley on Monday. We talked about Hazing Prevention, Sexual Assault Prevention, and Alcohol/Drug Abuse Prevention, as well as their role in creating a safe campus environment.   Before heading over to Berkeley, I had lunch with a chapter brother at The Ramen Bar (101 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111). They serve outstanding Tokyo style ramen noodles (pictured here is the Chicken Ramen). I also tried the Tuna Poke Bowl and it was super fresh and tasty. I stayed in Oakland (close to the airport), so before catching a plane back to Nashville, I decided to stop into the Oakland Grill (301 Franklin St, Oakland, CA 94607). Check out this tasty treat: The Crab Cake Benedict. Fantastic!

Fraternity Foodie: AFLV Central in Indianapolis

AFLV Central this year certainly did not disappoint. The keynote presentation from Vice President Joe Biden was certainly one of the big attractions. Over 3,700 fraternity and sorority leaders were in attendance to hear Joe Biden talk about Sexual Assault Prevention and the #ItsOnUs campaign. As VP Biden said, “The only way we are going to change the culture is if we all take a stand.”    

Fraternity Foodie: UMass Amherst

I had a wonderful visit to UMass Amherst this weekend where I worked with the Fraternity and Sorority leadership on Strategies for Managerial Excellence, Officer Transition, and Reducing Risk. I was really blown away with how much this Greek system has grown over the last 10 – 20 years, as well as the high caliber of students that are part of this Greek community. I flew into Logan Airport in Boston, and as the Boston skyline came into focus, I started to daydream about sports. The Superbowl was only one day away. As a New Yorker who grew up cheering for the Yankees, Rangers, and Giants, I remember how much I respected the teams in Boston. Think about those historic games against the Red Sox, the Bruins, and the Patriots. Every pitch, every shift, and every first down in each of those respective sports mattered. It was great drama, and I also believe that the competition between these cities continue to bring out the best in each other. I want to bring out the best in this Greek community because I know it’s there. I was staying in nearby Northampton, which is a great town that has a ton of....

Fraternity Foodie: The Best of Food and Fraternity

I’m frequently asked what’s the best chapter that I’ve worked with or what’s the best place to eat if you had to choose your final meal. Given my affection for fraternity and food, that’s almost like asking a parent which child is their favorite. If I had to choose, this would probably be my answer: If you’re ever in the Nashville/Brentwood TN area, my recommendation is to head straight to Soy Bistro (5008 Maryland Way, Brentwood, TN 37027). It’s a very unassuming restaurant in a shopping center with a cleaners, so it’s easy to miss. During the week, expect long lines and packed tables because of the high concentration of businesses in the Maryland Farms area. You’ll typically find me here on a Saturday to avoid the crowds, and they are closed on Sundays. It’s very casual. Be sure to say hi to Kenji, as his knowledge of Korean food and super friendly disposition will instantly turn you into a regular at this dining establishment. What amazes me about the restaurant is not just the classic Korean treats that they serve, but their ability to know the local market/tastes (think “hot chicken”) and incorporate that into their Asian-fusion fare. For....