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Seminole Pride Beef makes FSU debut

The carving chef offers up a plate of Seminole Pride striploin to a hungry FSU student in the Suwannee Room dining hall Oct. 14. (Beverly Bidney photo)
The carving chef offers up a plate of Seminole Pride striploin to a hungry FSU student in the Suwannee Room dining hall Oct. 14. (Beverly Bidney photo)

TALLAHASSEE — Florida State’s homecoming weekend wasn’t only about football, parades and princesses; it also marked the debut of Seminole Pride Beef on the menu for students at the Suwannee Room dining hall Oct. 14.  It wasn’t the first time Seminole Pride Beef has been featured on campus; the brand has been supplying beef to athletes in their dining room for about a month.

There are three dining halls plus 29 restaurants on campus. The Suwanee Room, which serves about 21,000 meals per week, offers a large variety of food choices but steak isn’t normally on the menu.  Michael Sauceda, Seminole Pride Beef director of business development, provided about 220 pounds of beef striploin for the debut.

“This is the beginning of a relationship with student meals,” Sauceda said.

Students began lining up at 4:30 p.m. for their steak dinner with all the trimmings including a baked potato bar, vegetables and freshly baked rolls and desserts.

“It won’t be every day, but we hope this evolves into a regular thing,” said Jeff Spencer, FSU food service director for Aramark Seminole Dining. “We fed about 900 people here tonight.”

Students clearly enjoyed the unexpected treat. A generous portion of hand-carved beef filled the plate, leaving little room for the side dishes.

“It was amazing,” said freshman Madeline Trost, 18, of Plantation. “It was so good I wanted to pick it up and eat it all. I haven’t had steak since I moved here.”

FSU students line up for the special Seminole Pride Beef dinner of carved striploin steak, baked potato bar, creamed spinach and seasoned buttered corn in the Suwannee Room dining hall Oct. 14. (Beverly Bidney photo)
FSU students line up for the special Seminole Pride Beef dinner of carved striploin steak, baked potato bar, creamed spinach and seasoned buttered corn in the Suwannee Room dining hall Oct. 14. (Beverly Bidney photo)
Seminole Pride Beef director of business development Michael Sauceda, thumbs up next to the chef, poses with members of the FSU food service department by the Seminole Pride Beef display in FSU’s Suwannee Room dining hall during the special event that fed 900 people a grand meal of carved striploin steak Oct 14. (Beverly Bidney photo)
Seminole Pride Beef director of business development Michael Sauceda, thumbs up next to the chef, poses with members of the FSU food service department by the Seminole Pride Beef display in FSU’s Suwannee Room dining hall during the special event that fed 900 people a grand meal of carved striploin steak Oct 14. (Beverly Bidney photo)
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Beverly Bidney
Beverly Bidney has been a reporter and photographer for The Seminole Tribune since 2012. During her career, she has worked at various newspapers around the country including the Muskogee Phoenix in Oklahoma, Miami Herald, Associated Press, USA Today and other publications nationwide. A NAJA award winning journalist, she has covered just about everything over the years and is an advocate for a strong press. Contact her at beverlybidney@semtribe.com.
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