Sarah Adler & Mackenzie Barth
With 170 chapters at colleges worldwide, Spoon U is proof that food is a topic of vital interest for students. While studying at Northwestern three years ago, Adler and Barth founded the first chapter to train a new generation of cooks and media upstarts. Students learn how to run all aspects of a food-focused print magazine and website, from event planning and ad sales to writing and photography. “People wanted to be entrepreneurial while they were in college, and food was becoming a much more important part of the conversation,” Barth says. “We wanted to help start the dialogue and democratize it while making learning fun.” With 4 million visitors to the site each month, Spoon U seems to be achieving its goal.