This spring, the addition of healthier foods to the Tiger Den inspired another healthy food initiative, Tiger Treats, that helped fuel athletes during the spring sports season. The stand, located at Fields, was run by Samirand Catering, a business owned by Miranda Kany, wife of GFS faculty member Sam Mcllvain. Kany and GFS athletics collaborated to create this convenient way for athletes to get snacks before and after practice.
Tiger Treats offered healthy snacks for anyone at fields at a convenient time, so athletes could get food before and after practice. The stand stood very well with adults who came to watch sporting events at fields as well. Tiger Treats offered an assortment of reasonably priced snacks such as fresh smoothies and homemade granola bars.
Another great feature of Tiger Treats was “Essentially Dinner,” meals offered to students before Essentially English classes on Monday and Wednesday nights. Kany and her staff spent a lot of time creating recipes and planning meals designed after Essentially English Courses, and believed their efforts would result in a great success for Tiger Treats.
However, Tiger Treats did not last. Around the beginning of May, the stand began to disappear from its normal spot outside the GFS locker rooms. The regular Monday-Friday schedule of Tiger Treats was shorted into two or three days a week, and the stand rarely opened until four or five o’clock, when practice had already begun. By mid-May, Tiger Treats had disappeared altogether.
Kany shared that Tiger Treats is temporarily on hold, but the sports season has come to a close and she is unsure whether the snack bar will make it out again in the future. The demise of Tiger Treats was simply due to lack of revenue that the stand was bringing in.
“Some kids seemed really interested. Some adults too, but in the end, there was not enough interest to sustain the project,” Kany admitted.
People definitely showed interest in the snacks provided by Tiger Treats. Many athletes and adults visited the stand, but its success seemed to be rivaled by that of the vending machine. Another reason might be that kids simply did not have money on them, or brought their own snacks from home.
“The food is really good, but I rarely had money with me to buy any,” remarked Jacob Smith ‘14.
Tiger Treats had a good run, and customers seemed to enjoy it, but unfortunately the stand was simply not making enough money. Kany stated that Tiger Treats is on a hiatus, so its future at Fields is uncertain.