Side Dishes: Drew's Campus Cookin' supplies a cafeteria alternative
Sometimes we all need an old-fashioned, home-cooked meal. For St. Michael’s College students who can’t easily access a Mom-made dinner, Andrew Greco will have to do the trick. This fall, the senior business major started a comfort-food catering company that, judging from its Facebook page, is a hit with his classmates.
Each week, Greco updates the Drew’s Campus Cookin’ page with a new menu. This week, he’s offering rosemary pork chops with rice and green beans; chicken Alfredo with peas and mushrooms; sausage and pepper sandwiches; and homemade mac ’n’ cheese for vegetarians. Greco says he’ll also go off the menu and prepare food to order, provided he has one-day advance notice.
After a stop at Shaw’s supermarket in Colchester, Greco makes the rounds of his clients’ campus townhouses, where he cooks in front of them for a bit of dinner theater. Price per plate is less than $10 — a small markup from food cost. Greco says, “Right now, everyone who’s gotten it loves the chicken Parm.” It’s not hard to see why, since he makes the marinara sauce from scratch before hand-breading the chicken and baking it all with fresh mozzarella.
When the Pelham, N.Y., native graduates this spring, he says, he plans to stay in Vermont and continue running his catering company on a larger scale.
According to the ladies of one St. Mike’s townhouse he visited, Greco will be a success. His Facebook fans rave about more than his cooking skills: “Just when it seemed like it couldn’t get any better, he left our kitchen spotless.”