Update: What today's meal actually looked like

From some of the folks who brought you the good stuff of NOM^3 comes a new on-campus, student-run sustainable food providing venture–4local, a student run business looking to cater to one of your four (coincidence? probably) basic survival needs with simple and downright tasty food. The crew at this punnily named outfit, who cook almost entirely from the EC townhouse suite of one of their team members, will be dishing out food starting today.

4local will be serving one meal a day with an entrée, side and dessert for $8. All payments are now at pick-up, in cash and credit card, although anyone interested in continuing to use PayPal can get in touch with a 4localite. Serving starts on the ramps of Lerner at 12:30 PM on a first-come, first-served basis, so hurry over with a friend for partially free food–bring someone who hasn’t ordered from them before and you’ll each get a $2 discount on a meal that week.  On the menu for today:

Lasagna (vegan and non-vegan option, made with homemade pasta of course)

Caesar Salad (homemade croutons, with parmesan or a vegan nut topping)

Tiramisu (or local fruit)

A bwogger notes: “doesn’t look that appetizing in the picture, but it’s actually pretty good. The lasagna isn’t particularly warm, but I’m tasting what I think is butternut squash, which is interesting for a veggie lasagna. Tiramisu is proving difficult to serve neatly, but it’s quite delicious all the same–super creamy with a nice hit of espresso. The caesar salad is just a caesar salad.”

And that’s not all! Stay tuned for yet another on-campus, student run venture in the works: THE CO-OP, a non-profit café and grocery that will also serve as a new community center for students to engage with issues of health and sustainability. 4localites are currently collaborating with FeelGood and Core Foods, and by the end of the semester hope to source organic, locally-grown and ethically produced food to provide groceries, hot meals, and prepared foods to Columbia students at affordable prices.