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PACES Dining Services Hosts Local Food Dinner at SUNY Potsdam

PACES Chef John VanKennen holds a plate of local vegetables at Lehman Dining Center, the location of the annual Local Foods Dinner, to be held on Sept. 20 at SUNY Potsdam.

Potsdam Auxiliary College and Educational Services (PACES) Dining Services will showcase regional producers with an upcoming Local Foods Dinner at SUNY Potsdam on Wednesday, Sept. 20, from 4 to 7:30 p.m. in Lehman Dining Center. This event is open to students and the campus community.

PACES has a long-standing history of supporting and working with local growers throughout the region.

The dinner at Lehman Dining Center will feature locally grown and produced products from a variety of area farmers and growers, including: Donahue Farms, Martin’s Farm Stand, Moses Keim, Picken’s Country Store, S & B Maple Products, Glazier Meats, Norfolk Bakery, Snell Orchards (Parishville), Three Bears Gluten-Free Bakery (Potsdam) and Fobare’s Fruits.

The buffet-style dinner will be served from 4 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 20. Lehman Dining Center is located on Barrington Drive, adjacent to the SUNY Potsdam entrance via Pierrepont Avenue. Students may use their meal plan or guest passes, their flex ($10) or Bear Express balances to attend. Community members may use cash, credit or debit. The cash entry price is $12.50, plus tax.

PACES is a proud supporter of local businesses, seeking business collaborations with regional and NYS producers and suppliers. PACES purchases as much as feasibly possible from local vendors. Donahue Beef is a major supplier of beef to PACES, providing the campus with locally raised and processed, chemical- and hormone-free, grain-finished Angus beef.

In addition to working directly with local producers, PACES has direct access to a host of New York State producers and growers, through Renzi Foodservice of Watertown. PACES purchased more than $482,000 worth of New York State goods through Renzi Foodservice in 2016-17. Purchases supported 18 small businesses and 14 large businesses in the state. In addition, PACES purchased locally over $38,000 worth of products from Fobare’s Fruits, Donahue Farms, Purple Rice, The Bagelry, Three Bears Bakery, Kaneb Orchards, Martin’s Farms, S&B Maple Creations, Mose Keim and the Potsdam Consumer Cooperative last year.

About PACES Dining Services:

Potsdam Auxiliary and College Educational Services Inc. (PACES) is a not-for-profit corporation operating under contract with SUNY Potsdam. PACES’ mission is to offer high-quality products and services, while maximizing customer value and financial return, to the benefit of the larger SUNY Potsdam community. PACES Dining Services was rated the No. 1 dining service for comprehensive colleges in the SUNY system, in the Student Opinion Satisfaction Survey. For more information about what makes PACES No. 1, visit

Founded in 1816, The State University of New York at Potsdam is one of America’s first 50 colleges—and the oldest institution within SUNY. Now in its third century, SUNY Potsdam is distinguished by a legacy of pioneering programs and educational excellence. The College currently enrolls approximately 4,000 undergraduate and graduate students. Home to the world-renowned Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam is known for its challenging liberal arts and sciences core, distinction in teacher training and culture of creativity. To learn more, visit

Media contact:

Abby Lee, PACES Marketing Director
(315) 267-3097