Time to Ride at Little 500

 April 25, 2014
By Dan Hellweg

Grab your bikes and get ready for Indiana University's Little 500 Bike Race this weekend!  And don't think for a second that because it has "Little" in the name means it is no big deal.  This is THE EVENT to be at.  It began back in 1951 and has become a literally a cultural icon since its start.  There have been movies and books based on the event and even President Obama made a campaign stop in 2008 at the event.  And every year, it continues to become more and more popular!

Now, you may be asking yourself what does a food service company that focuses on Greek Life have to do with a bike race? A lot more than you think! Over the past couple of years, we have been helping and sponsoring the teams of chapters we serve at IU. While we can't buy the best Trek bikes or provide hundreds of dollars of gear, we can help in other ways. Some may need extra gear, from brake pads to training equipment; thus we are able to assist and support these small needs. And of course this event comes with long, strenuous training, of which we assist with meals and snacks. Whenever a group/team is out representing their chapter, we want them to be as well prepared as possible, making what you consume incredibly important.

 

This year, we supported both the teams of Kappa Delta and Kappa Kappa Gamma. We were able to help both in their goals of getting gear which helps bring together their team and proudly displays their chapter when training and racing. The chapters were also able to rally behind the women through the meals. Thursday evening, Kappa Kappa Gamma did a "Little 500 Carb Dinner" that consisted of Cavatappi & Spaghetti Pasta (energy), Alfredo, Marinara, Pesto sauces, Grilled Chicken & Meatballs(protein sources), and Garlic Bread. Then, to top it off, a Potassium based dessert, Banana Fosters. The women at Kappa Delta had a similar setup with a Pasta Bar, Sausage and Peppers, and veggies which allowed them to power-up for race today.

Campus Cooks has always gone beyond the food.  Not only do we focus on healthy and delicious food, we strive to serve the experience. Through these types of events we can continue that tradition. When events, from philanthropic, campus, or anything significant to the chapter are occurring, let us know.  We want to make sure we can make it the best it can be.

Head on down to Bill Armstrong Stadium at IU and check out Little 5 this weekend.

The women compete today, Friday, April 25, at 4pm and the men compete tomorrow, Saturday, at 2pm. We wish all teams great luck and a lot of fun (but of course, the best of luck to the chapters we serve)!