Freshmen Cook Up Plans for DC Central Kitchen in Case Competition

November 23, 2010 First Year Seminar Case Competition

During the Fall 2010 semester, 22 Georgetown University McDonough School of Business freshmen participating in the school’s First Year Seminar program offered their advice to DC Central Kitchen on how to address its current business challenges.  DC Central Kitchen’s mission is to distribute local food to area program and shelters to address the issues of poverty and hunger.

The first place team of this year’s competition, called Fresh Fields, proposed a local, fresh, and organic kiosk at DC Safeway stores featuring a variety of food products (e.g., salsa, guacamole, salads, fruit and vegetable smoothies). Culinary artists trained by DC Central Kitchen could use this kiosk as a career ladder to management. Students in winning group are Eunice Chin, Hans Claessens, Alex Kondziolka, and Alexandra Piedrahita.

Other teams were:

  • Second place winner, The Concept of Pie, which proposed sweet and savory pie making to supply restaurants and/or individuals who wanted pie year-round. The restaurants would save the cost of having an in-house pastry chef.  
  • Healthy Hearts, which suggested an affordable food delivery service with a portion of the food proceeds designated for single mothers to supplement their budgets. 
  • The Correction Kitchen, which would compete for the open bid contract to prepare meals for the DC Department of Corrections facility.
  • Green Soil, Green, which suggests an effort to compost in a sustainable way and provide soil and compost to residential and commercial customers. They would also offer a pick-up service for restaurants and residential customers in need of composting/trash removal.

Offered by the Undergraduate Program at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, the First Year Seminar is in its inaugural year. This series of is designed to promote intellectual growth and help students adapt to the rigor of college-level courses within a supportive learning community.  It also introduces students to current topics in finance, strategic thought, and the global economy. This fall the focus is on international business, public policy, and society.

Students enrolled in the program meet in small groups with faculty members twice weekly, attend lectures by influential members of the international business community, and participate in the case competition. Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business currently offers the seminar to approximately 80 first-year students, and plans to increase the number of participants for Fall 2011. The First Year Seminar Program is led by faculty director and associate professor Robin Dillon-Merrill and staff director Patricia Louison, senior assistant dean of the Undergraduate Program.