UL Dining Services supports 'Man of the Year' candidate for the win

Schools and Libraries

July 26, 2017


Each year in communities across the country, dedicated candidates engage in an exciting competition to earn The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's (LLS) "Man & Woman of the Year" titles. 

The annual campaign was recently held in Lafayette, Louisiana where Chic-fil-A employee Kevin Melancon, who has Down Syndrome, was named Man of the Year.

Nominated participants raised money for blood cancer research and patient services.

Executive Chef Wesley Turnage and other Sodexo dining team members at University of Louisiana at Lafayette volunteered in assisting Melacon to prepare and serve a three-course meal for a fundraising event.

The meal featured spring salad with roasted gala apples, crispy onions, cane syrup vinaigrette, and a goat cheese brulee; oven roasted Cornish game hen, creamy polenta, summer vegetable caponata; and Chef Kevin's world-famous bread pudding topped with macerated berries and chantilly cream.

UL Dining volunteers tended the bar for the event and handled all service and set up. Produce was donated by Capital City Produce, bread donated by Langlinais Bakery, and Cornish game hens by Natco.

Chef Kevin received a professional chef coat from Sodexo.

When thanking those involved in his success, Melancon stated that he had so much fun cooking with Chef Wes.

"Thank you to all my family and friends who supported me, especially Mr. A and Chick Fil A for letting me hand out my cards," said Melacon. "Thank you to St. Martin Bank for putting my picture at all your banks. Wow! I am famous now! Thank you to Tops Appliance and Chef Wes. Man, I had so much fun cooking with you. Thank you to Ms. Edi, Coach Janet, Mr., Jim and Professor Brian for helping me raise a lot of money to help people with cancer. Love you from my heart."