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Gastronomical Oversight Update

August 26, 2008

After I wrote I a letter, I received a reply from the University Parent Guide people immediately.  I would like to thank them for their swift and subsequent action.  Read their reply below.

Hi Aldo,

Thank you for your feedback about the dining section of the Northwestern University Parent Guide.  We appreciate you taking the time to express your concerns.  Please click on the link below to view the updates you suggested, and we look forward to updating them in the 2009-2010 printed parent guide.

Aldo, again thank you for your feedback.  Best wishes for a successful and stress-free Fall semester.

Best regards,
Amy Travis
Director of College and University Relations 

929 Pearl St., Ste. 200
Boulder, CO 80302 

Toll Free: (866) 721-1357
Fax: (800) 717-4971


Gastronomical Oversight

August 26, 2008

Below is a letter I wrote to the appropriate people regarding the oversight of Latin restaurants in the University Parent Guide.

To whom it may concern:

The 2008-2009 Northwestern University Parent Guide ( was distributed to all of the incoming parents and students.  As a senior, I am still eager to read about the wonderful opportunities available at Northwestern and to learn more about the surrounding Evanston area.

As a gastronomy enthusiast, I was looking forward to the dining section of the guide.  Restaurants for all tastes were listed: American, Chinese, Thai, Greek, Asian, French, Middle Eastern, Italian, etc.  What was missing?  Latin food.

Without discussing the linguistic inappropriateness of the word “Latin,” I am referring to foods from Latin America, the Caribbean and Spain.  As a member of the Latino community and president of Alianza  The Hispanic/Latino Student Alliance I was disappointed that Northwestern would overlook our cuisine.

Evanston does, indeed, have Latin dining establishments.  Tapas Bacelona, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Las Palmas, That Little Mexican Café, Asado Brazilian Grill — and at the lower echelon, even Taco Bell (

With every incoming class comes about 100+ Latina/o students and countless others whose palates crave Latin food.  They will think these restaurants do not exist, and worse, that Northwestern and the Evanston community ignores them and their tastes.

I understand that it is too late to reprint new guides; however, to ameliorate this error, the online guide should at least be updated to include these restaurants.

Northwestern University is renowned for their academics, career opportunities and, personally, for fostering leadership among its students.  I would not like this mistake to taint our university, a beacon of social equality.

Thank you for your time,