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Formally Yours

Good evening. I’m Andrew, and I’ll be your host tonight as you visit Fleming Formal Dinner….OK so unfortunately I can’t actually send you over the food we ate at our delicious formal meal, but I can definitely tell you about it! Each term, every House gets to have one formal meal, and it’s so fun to dress up and get to eat some gourmet food. Ours was last Friday, and it’s so nice to see everyone dust off their suit or go out to buy new dresses for the occasion. What’s also really cool is that we can invite not only our fellow students from other Houses, but also professors, post-docs, grad students, even alums or the Deans! It’s really neat to have a forum where you can informally talk with those in charge of your education at Caltech, and it’s also nice to see them outside of their class/lab/offices. Sometimes they even bring their families, and the young blood makes it even more fun!
What was on the menu (since I’m always concerned with the food, of course). Well, here ‘goes!
Fillet mignon with brazed oxtail served over polenta cakes and seasonal vegetables
Cornish game hen with port balsamic sauce with carrot and turnip puree and garlic roasted Brussels sprouts
Winter vegetable pave with Spanish romesco sauce
Dessert: Chocolate Guinness cake with Irish cream sabayon
Yum! I had the vegetarian entrée (because it was a Friday during Lent), and everyone said their food was delicious. And chocolate cake for dessert can never be a mistake. …Picture time!

It’s all kind of bittersweet, since it’s my second-to-last formal meal. However, it was so fun that I’m not too sad yet! Have a great day!

Andrew Freddo ’10

Chemistry and Biology, Class of 2010

My name is Andrew, and I am beginning what looks to be a busy and exciting senior year! I’m originally from New Jersey, and always try to give my friends here at Caltech a taste of my East Coast roots. Outside of my chemistry and biology classes, I enjoy cooking (Italian food, of course!), giving admissions tours, writing food reviews with fellow blogger Dannah, and catching up with my favorite TV shows. Academically, this year will truly be a culmination of my first three at Caltech. I am currently applying for combined MD/PhD programs (also knows as MSTPs ? Medical Scientist Training Programs). In addition to juggling my sets and exams, I’m going to be visiting many schools around the country to interview for their programs. I’ll definitely be logging lots of frequent flier miles, snapping lots of pictures, and learning a lot about medical and graduate school!