Dining Services Welcomes You! We Feed The Bears!

Where Did The Summer Go?

I am sure you are asking yourself the same thing. It seems like just a couple of weeks ago we were going through finals week of spring semester... now here it is the beginning of a new school year.

While it is sad to see the warmer months coming to a close, it's very exciting to see the new faces coming to campus and know there is a great year ahead for students and faculty alike. In Dining Services, we look forward to getting to know new students, what their tastes are, and what we can do to make them feel more at home. Whether it is making them eggs in the morning the way they like or making them something special for dinner, we enjoy getting to know the students and seeing them develop throughout the year.

Options Are All Around

deep dish pizzaWe understand that living on campus and being away from home can take some adjustment. Things may not be what students are used to... which is why we like to include ways for students to customize their meals.

At the University Center, we offer several stations where customers can choose exactly what they want. For example, there is a "create your own Panini station" in the Food Court. Bears Bistro (right around the corner from the Food Court at the University Center) has a customizable pasta/salad option, along with deep dish pizza and bread sticks.

Tobey-Kendel Dining Room has a very popular "build your own" stir-fry bar, as well as many other customizable menu options.

We suggest our customers get creative by combining items from various stations. Take a slice of grilled beef from our DASH line, add it to a salad, and top it with fresh salsa from our Que Pasa line. For dessert, combine some ice cream with root beer to make your own float. Or use fresh fruit from our salad bar to make a yogurt parfait to finish things off. As customers get to know our various dining locations better, they are able to find ways to customize meals to their liking.

spring rollsTobey-Kendel Dining Room offers some of the most creative concepts on campus... such as our spring roll station, the sushi station, the lettuce wraps, our customizable macaroni and cheese bar, the "build a wrap" station... and many more fun options. Look for them on our daily menus!

Make sure to check out the “hydration station” at Tobey-Kendel. We offer fresh fruit and herb infused waters to give our guests a refreshing and flavorful option to sodas and juices.

If you are feeling like just some good old fashioned comfort food, you can find that too at our Home Plate stations at both Tobey-Kendel Dining Room and Holmes Dining Hall. Along with some of the more familiar “comfort foods” we also offer a variety of ethnic foods which we hope you will try and enjoy. Vietnamese pho, Indian roti wraps, and noodle bowl bars are just a few selections you will see offered this semester. We are always trying something new and hope you do to. Who knows, you may find a new favorite.

For those of you looking to start the school year off on the right foot by eating a healthy diet (which we always recommended), we offer our DASH menu items. Offered at both Tobey-Kendel and at Holmes, this service area offers foods that are low in saturated fat, low in sodium and are non-gluten, soy free, dairy free, shellfish free and nut free in case you have any allergen concerns. veggiesDon’t be put off by the healthy promotion of this line though... the foods are fresh, flavorful, and are sure to be some of your favorite items.

If you have not tried the Middle Eastern foods being served at Holmes, you are definitely missing out! There is a small station located at the end of the Home Plate line where (for both lunch and dinner) you can find a variety of Middle Eastern entrees and sides served with Naan. All the meats served from the station are Halal.

Are you in a hurry? Our Gourmet to Go program offers quick and convenient meals to go, the Bear on the Run program allows you to grab food from the dining room to go, and we have multiple retail locations across campus such as Einstein Bros® Bagels, Starbucks®, Subway®, and Taco Bell® Express. We provide food and beverages to you in the places you live and study like Michener Library, Turner Hall (there's even a walk-up window for the Coffee Corner), Kepner Hall, and the University Center.

Students have the opportunity to take advantage of these convenient locations by adding some Dining Dollars to their meal plan. Faculty and Staff can use their Payroll Deduction program to buy products in these locations as well!

We Have More New Things

uc salad barHave you been to the University Center and noticed the new tile floor? Well, the UC Food Court has a brand new salad bar too. The array of fresh fruits, veggies, and salads look great with the new design.

At Tobey-Kendel there are new counter tops around the serving stations and new cabinets throughout the dining room. You will see a lot of new menu items this semester as well, so be sure to visit the dining rooms often to see what we are cooking up.

COMING SOON: We're very excited to be able to offer our customers the ability to see the nutritional value of our recipes... soon. Until we're ready to unveil that new tool, we have a different way for you to see a select number of our nutritional labels. This, of course, is a "band-aid" type of fix, but it's still very exciting to be able to offer nutrition labels from recipes that are served at our DASH station. Visit www.unco.edu/dining/nutrition/gettingstarted.html to see a standard nutrition label and complete ingredient list of your favorite DASH items. No computer access? No worries, just use our mobile feature on your smart phone at m.unco.edu. For more information, please contact our Register Dietitian, Matthew Doyle, RDN at (970) 351-1961 or matthew.doyle@unco.edu.

We're Here For You

There are many new and exciting things happening in Dining Services this year, if you want to know more, have comments, or want to see what’s on the menu for today... you can always check us out on the web at www.unco.edu/dining.

UNC Dining Services has a Facebook page, so please like us! We will be posting information about yummy menu items, upcoming events and special dinners, special hours for Thanksgiving Break, etc. Retail Dining has a Facebook page, and UNC Catering does too! You should like all 3 pages!


Dining Services is here for you because We Feed The Bears and are proud of it! GO BEARS!!

Chef Essig

Happy Dining from Executive Chef Essig!

Chef Aran Essig, CEC, CCA
(Certified Executive Chef, Certified Culinary Administrator)

Hungry and not sure where to eat? We can help you decide... check out the weekly menus often to see what each dining room is serving. You can also call the FoodLine (970.351.FOOD) for daily menus. Students living in the residence halls can access weekly menus on the VOIP phones in their rooms.

Students: add meals and/or Dining Dollars to your UNC Card

Faculty/Staff: sign up for the payroll deduction program

Have questions, comments, or suggestions?? Email us at diningservices@unco.edu.