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Wolffest brings variety of local eats to UH streets


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Wolffest will offer a variety of affordable meals, ranging from fast food to Mediterranean. | File photo/The Cougar

Wolffest will bring local eats to the UH streets from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 7 through 9 at Butler Plaza.

The event is hosted by juniors and seniors in the Wolff Center for Entrepreneurship, who form teams and work to create pop-up food stand businesses. They will compete by selling food to students and faculty that is not normally available on campus, with prices ranging from $1 to $10 a meal, making it an affordable lunch option for students and faculty.

Wolffest will cater to all tastes by supplying food from different eateries around Houston.

“There is a large variety… anything from Jack-in-the-Box to Burger King to Texas Tamale Company and BB’s Café,” said Wolff Center for Entrepreneurship Program Manager Melissa Comperry.

One of the seven teams, Foodies, will offer Mediterranean options provided by Niko Niko’s.

“We will have lamb and falafel gyros as entrees and rice and potatoes as sides,” Foodies CEO Billy Ayoola Jr. said. “A gyro sandwich is just $8, and our meal option, including a side and drink, is $10.”

Another team, La Vida Local, will be offering foods from local sources like Ruggles Green and Underbelly.

“La Vida Local will be serving BBQ brisket, chicken pitas, pastries, hi-protein hemp brownie bites, fresh-baked bread, Blue Bell ice cream and Strawberry Shrub drinks,” said  La Vida Local CEO, Clark Neumann. “Plus we have a few more surprises in the works!”

Neumann’s booth will be selling desserts for $3 to $5 and meals for $8 to $10.

This year’s teams have already raised $30,000 in funding. The money made from Wolffest goes directly to the Wolff Center for Entrepreneurship, where they use the money for events like retreats. Funds earned from Wolffest also help cover the following year’s costs.

Wolffest is the largest project in the Wolff Center’s undergraduate capstone course, with a total of 76 participating students.

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