Hungry as a Bear: Behind the Scenes


Be honest.  One of the things that scares you the most about going to college is not knowing what the food is like.  If you are worried about what you will be eating on campus once you arrive at Brown, look no further than Hungry As a Bear with Megan Kelly

I never considered how much work it took to feed 6,000 students while I was eating at the Ratty until I got a behind-the-scenes look at the amazing kitchen that makes it all happen. The enormous kitchen is staffed by hundred of people, working the bakeshop, butcher shop, and preparing the various dishes we have as options.

The Ratty uses the freshest ingredients they can get, including locally grown produce and cutting all the meat in house (even making their own burger patties).

Beyond feeding thousands of ravenous college students every day, the Ratty fills all the catering requests on campus from staff lunches to meetings to commencement (their busiest week).

Even cooler than the amount of food the Ratty is able to produce for us every day is their storerooms! Deep below the Ratty are storerooms with hundreds of pounds of cereal, seasonings, and crackers. Even cooler? There’s a locked room with enough food for every student, faculty, and staff member to survive for three days in case of an emergency crisis. The coolest? The Ratty is connected to many buildings on campus through underground tunnels for the delivery of that food in case of an emergency!

The Ratty has staff working, cooking, and cleaning for about 22 hours everyday! The early shift gets in around 4-5am to start on breakfast and baked goods and the final cleaning staff leaves around 2am every night. It literally takes an army!

If you get a chance to visit Brown (or any college) take a second to appreciate the amount of work that goes into just feeding so many students everyday!

If you have any questions about this blog or a question to be addressed in the next blog, feel free to email me at!


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