GroCo • Owner • Spotlight - Alex Ostermann

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"I may not still be in Whitewater when the GroCo officially opens, but I still care deeply about how what I do today will effect future students to come."

 

This is Owner #465, Alex Ostermann, a current student at the University of Wisconsin Whitewater! We sat down to learn a little about him and find out his thoughts on becoming an Owner.

Tell me a little about yourself: job, hobbies, obsessions, etc.
I am a senior at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, studying Marketing and a Minor in Music! I love volunteering at the Wisconsin Association of School Councils and Muscular Dystrophy Association, playing trumpet, and serving the student body as Student Body President! 

Why did you become an Owner of the GroCo (besides the fact that Walmart isn't great)? 
I became an owner of the GroCo to grow my connection to the Whitewater community. Although I am in whitewater to attend the university, the students who are in town 9+ months of the year make a large impact on the community we are living in. I may not still be in Whitewater when the GroCo officially opens, but I still care deeply about how what I do today will effect future students to come. If I don't have a great close place to get groceries now, hopefully future students will!

What's your favorite recipe? Why? What is the recipe if you don't mind sharing?
​While living a fast paced life, I have been looking for new recipes that I can make easily and meal prep for the week. One I have been having more recently is a Zucchini and Beef Skillet. I found this one on a recipe app last year!
Ingredients: Cilantro, garlic, lean ground beef, yellow onion, zucchini squash, black pepper, chili powder, cumin, salt, and coconut oil. 
It's fairly quick and easy to make: Cut 4 zucchini into 1/4-inch thick half rounds, dice 1 yellow onion into 1/4 inch pieces and put into a bowl together. Cook 1 1/2 pounds of ground beef with coconut oil in a non-stick skillet until browned and transfer to another bowl. In the same skillet after meet is transferred, I add the zucchini, onion, and 3 cloves of minced garlic. I cook while stirring until browned (~5min). After 5 minutes, I add 2 tsp. chili powder, 1 tsp. cumin, 1 tsp. salt, and 1/2 tsp black pepper and stir with the vegetables. Finally, I add the beef back to the skillet along with 1/2 small bunch of shaved cilantro leaves. Then this roughly 4 servings are ready to eat throughout the week!

What's the quirkiest/funniest thing that's ever happened to you in a grocery store?
I love to have fun shopping at grocery stores. When hanging out with my friends from camp, we divide into groups, set a budget for the groups, and all make different parts of a meal on a tight budget and short time limit. We try to do this at least once or twice a year! Its very entertaining to explore the store, try new meals, and cook for others on a college student budget! 

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