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    CSA to Offer First Ever Restaurant Fest 

    May 4, 2021

    The Commuter Student Association (CSA) is sponsoring the first-ever "CSA Restaurant Fest" on May 13 from 11:30 a.m.  - 1:30 p.m. For the event, the CSA is sponsoring meals for 100 University of Scranton students that will include an appetizer, entree and dessert, each from a different downtown Scranton restaurant. Participation is open to all University students and pre-registration is required here

    The goal of this event is to promote downtown restaurant businesses and encourage University students to explore the many diverse food options in downtown Scranton. The event includes five different meal routes. Each route will offer University students a different appetizer, entrée and dessert from three different downtown Scranton restaurants. The routes will be assigned at random to participating University students, mindful of any dietary needs and offer students the chance to both try new downtown restaurant businesses while also enjoying a walk around downtown Scranton.   

    "Restaurant Fest was conceived with our local businesses in mind. We wanted to organize a COVID-safe in-person event that would be engaging for students while supporting local businesses, who have been hit hard by the economic consequence of the pandemic. We are so thrilled to introduce the university students to the cuisine available within walking distance of our campus," said Mollie Boyd ’21, CSA president.  

    During this event, students are encouraged to stop by the Scranton Courthouse, with masks and social distancing, to visit the Jane Jacobs glasses art installation, which is a part of the Observe Scranton Jane Jacobs First City Festival. Students can take a photo in the oversized glasses and send to community@scranton.edu for a chance to win prizes including gift certificates to downtown Scranton businesses.  

    CSA Restaurant Fest is the newest program offered by the CSA that aims to help University of Scranton students experience the City of Scranton and all that it has to offer. The CSA partnered with the Office of Community Relations for the outreach to downtown eateries.  

    With the University's restrictions to keep students and the community safe, we needed to cancel many CSA traditions, but this challenged our team to think outside the box to create new and exciting programs after a long and difficult year.  We have been partnering with Scranton businesses to produce events such as a Drive-In Movie, Small Business Bingo, and now Restaurant Fest," said Sarah Ferraro ’22, CSA vice president. 

    For more information about the CSA Restaurant Fest please contact CSA president Mollie Boyd at mollie.boyd@scranton.edu 

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