Editor's Note

Welcome to "The Food Issue."

As you hold this issue in your hands, you might notice that it is a bit larger than usual. While planning our food-themed content, we realized that we had a full plate, heaping with alumni in all areas of the food industry: chefs, restaurant owners, food bloggers, beer brewers, farmers, restaurant publicists, ingredient suppliers and more.

Food is something each of us experiences every day, multiple times a day, but in completely different ways. Some of us are vegans who love kale, others are carnivores who can’t get enough cheeseburgers and many of you are chocolate lovers (count me among that group!). In our food-themed issue, you’ll find something to digest no matter your tastes.

We hope you’ll learn more about how the food industry works, and the role that Holy Cross alumni play in keeping it all moving. You’ll find short stories and Q&As with these alumni in our “Small Plates” section.

We also hope that this issue makes you think, about what you are eating and where it comes from, and who you are eating with and why. Our feature stories explore these questions, from a professor who teaches about the philosophy of food, to students who study the important role bees play in the food chain, in hives right here on campus; from alumni who work to ensure food access for all populations, to alumni farmers and our Jesuits, who both share a reverence for mealtime as a place to create community. We’re also sharing a conversation between two history majors turned foodies: Lynne Curry ’87, a cook and former restaurant owner who now works as a food journalist and blogger, and Marc Sheehan ’07, chef and founder at Cambridge, Massachusetts, restaurant Loyal Nine, which is grabbing attention and accolades with its “East Coast revival” theme and colonial-inspired dishes. Lynne and Marc talked about trusting their instincts as they pursued unconventional careers in the food industry, and how their history backgrounds influence what they do today.

And we hope this issue is just the start of our own conversation about food. Let us know what you think, whether these stories inspired you to try something new in the kitchen or even what you ate while you were reading the issue.

On the Who We Are page, you can learn more about the designer, writers, editors and photographers who help put each issue of the magazine together. And in this special food issue, we also included what helps fuel them while they create, asking each of them what they like to eat or drink while working.

This Fall 2016 issue closes out the 50th volume of HCM and reaches you at the start of a new academic year. Rev. Philip L. Boroughs, S.J., reflects on the 2015-2016 year, and we revisit highlights of the year in the Year in Review: 2015-2016. One of the top moments of the year for the HCM team was finding out that we won two awards from UCDA, the University and College Designers Association. The work of our talented designer, Stephen Albano, received the Excellence in Cover Design Award for our Spring 2016 cover, The View-Master, and the Excellence in Alumni Publication Design for our Fall 2015, Winter 2016 and Spring 2016 issues.

It is an honor to work on Holy Cross Magazine with this team. When I joined the HCM team last September, I was thrilled to find an enthusiastic and involved alumni readership. We come to work each day excited to learn more about your experiences as students at Holy Cross and in the years since, and eager to tell your stories in the pages of this magazine. As always, we love to hear your feedback and ideas at hcmag@holycross.edu.  ■

All the best from Mount St. James,

Maura Sullivan Hill
Interim Editor