AUBURN, AL (WTVM) - The inaugural Home Sweet Auburn event on the Auburn University campus welcomed incoming freshman and their families to what matters the most to students – locating the best food to fuel those long days and nights of studying.
Nearly 2,000 students and parents walked around the AU campus and tasted free samples from some of the area's finest restaurants.
Acre, one of the most popular locally-owned and operated restaurants, served up a Wild Spice Pear cake.
Inside the Acre kitchen, all of the fresh ingredients inside the cake were carefully picked.
"We like to take advantage of the now. The fact that we are able to pick them off our trees and go from the parking lot, put them in a recipe and put them on the table for everyone to enjoy," said Acre Chef de Cuisine Caleb Fischer.
Fischer slowly combines dry ingredients, then carefully adds the wet ingredients: farm fresh eggs, milk. Finally, he add the spice, including cinnamon, all spice and lots of ginger. He tamps the pan, another great tip for baking, then heads to the oven.
Featured in Southern Living and named as one ESPN's best restaurants in the SEC, Fischer says Acre is dedicate to providing a special, fresh dining experience for everyone and every budget.
He said he's excited to share his Wild Spice Pear cake and meet new customers at the inaugural Home Sweet Auburn event.
"We are excited," Fischer said. "Acre is about being a part of the community and we want to get out in the community, we are established with a lot of people here in the community, but anyone who is new to Auburn might not know about Acre, or have just heard about us, so we want to put ourselves out there show what we have to offer and talk to the folks one on one and make potential customers a part of this restaurant."
This event encourages students to meet and greet the chefs here in the community, taste their food - then hopefully visit. It's a great way for many Auburn students to learn about the special and affordable dining experiences available to them off-campus.
Auburn Chamber leaders said AU students are vital to the local economy and that's why the partnered with AU's Welcome Week and SGA to sponsor this event.