Confessions of Joie Schoonover
Q. What is the best part of your job?
Q. What is the worst part of your job?
The games people play.
Q. What do you consider to be your greatest achievement?
The reorganization of our management team.
Q. What is the most unusual foodservice/catering request you have ever received?
We had a speaker that we had to keep protected during his visit. It was requested that I cook dinner for him at an “undisclosed location” while the campus security director patrolled outside.
Q. What is your greatest fear?
Not accomplishing a goal I have set for myself.
Q. Which living person do you most admire?
Q. What is your favorite meal?
Eating my husband’s meatloaf dinner together as a family.
Q. What will people always find in your refrigerator?
A bottle of my favorite local wine and plain Greek yogurt.
Q. What food fad do you wish had never started?
Fried things on a stick. The latest one, butter, just sounds disgusting.
Q. What are your words to live by?
Everything happens for a reason, take one day at a time, it will be OK, which Julaine Kiehn [director of dining at the University of Missouri]
told me a long time ago.
The 1950s. It seems like such a simple, happy time in our past.
A trip to Europe with my family.
My wedding ring.