Veggie Mania is a Villanova Dining Services annual competition that has been running for over 10 years. It was created as way to develop new and interesting plant based offerings. It is also an excellent way to provide an opportunity for our chefs to be creative. Lastly, it was designed to promote plant based foods as a healthy alternative to animal based proteins. We are proud that this competition has a sustainable impact as well. By introducing more plant-based foods to our customers, we are simultaneously helping our environment by reducing meat consumption. The introduction of new vegan dishes helps our customers realize that there are many alternatives to animal based proteins.
Villanova Dining Services combined the offering of our Veggie Mania winning dishes with the Farmer’s Market and Earth Day because many people do not link sustainability with food, and more specifically, plant based foods. It is true that the raising of livestock and consumption of animal proteins is one of the largest contributors to global warming. We believe that through education and a myriad of food options, together we can significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions by consuming more plant based foods and less animal proteins. Villanova Dining Services strongly believes that promoting plant based foods is good for you and good for our environment.