Chef Essig's Featured Menu Item of the Week

Excitement is everywhere across campus!

For first year students, campus life is a new experience holding anticipation of the unknown... returning students are eager to get another year underway... Faculty and Staff are excited to see a new group of students and have the opportunity to get to know them.

In Dining Services, we see returning students... familiar faces. Over a short period of time, we get to know their personal likes and dislikes. We see the student who likes their eggs cooked over-easy every morning, as well as the student who likes a little pesto and garlic in their pasta at lunch. We may not know the likes and dislikes of new students yet, but we are eager to!

Dining Services is dedicated to constantly improving services. This semester alone we have added over 60 new menu items in the dining rooms. There are a couple of new ways for you to customize your meal. At the University Center Food Court, we are offering a "create your own" panini station for lunch (similar to the one offered at Tobey-Kendel). You can also "create your own" pasta bowl at Bears Bistro (located across from the bookstore... formerly known as the UC Food Court Express).

The University Center

The next time you're walking through the University Center, take a moment and look at the Food Court. There are new signs, freshly painted walls, and festive themes to go along with those shiny new signs. New menu items at the Food Court include grilled gourmet pizzas at the Pizzeria, Asian-inspired cuisine at the Pacific Rim station, and breakfast at dinner at The Heat Is On, Mondays through Thursdays.

UC Food Court

At Tobey-Kendel Dining Room

If you ate lunch at TK last semester, chances are you have experienced the ever-popular Panini Bar. Well, you can now "build your own" Stir-Fry... as well as many other customizable menu options. Tobey-Kendel offers some of the most creative concepts on campus -- such as stations with spring rolls, sushi, and lettuce wraps... along with a customizable macaroni and cheese bar, build-a-wrap station... and many more fun options. Look for them on our daily menus!

Mac 'n Cheese

Comfort Food in the dining rooms

If you are craving some good, old-fashioned comfort food, you can find that at our Homeplate 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. Who knows, you may enjoy them so much you find a new favorite food.

Smart Choices At The DASH

For those looking to start the school year off on the right foot by eating a healthy diet, (which is always recommended) we offer our DASH menu items. The DASH line is offered at both TK and Holmes, so whether you're on West campus or Central campus, you can take advantage of this healthy food line. The DASH offers foods that are low in saturated fat, low in sodium, and items that are wheat free, soy free, dairy free, and nut free... in case you have any allergen concerns. There are many new, creative, and flavorful items offered at The DASH this semester, so be sure to check them out! While you're making healthy choices, why don't you make your meal a Smart Meal™.

It's Our Mission

Dining Services' mission is to provide quality food and service to the campus community while promoting nutritional awareness and meeting diverse culinary needs. We offer many other services to help accomplish this mission. In Tobey-Kendel and Holmes, our Gourmet To Go program offers "sack lunch" meals to go if you are in a hurry, while our Bear On The Run program allows you to grab a "hot to-go."

We also have multiple retail locations across campus to provide you food and beverages in the places you frequent... like our Coffee Corner locations in Michener Library, Turner Hall, and Kepner Hall. The University Center is home to Einstein Bros® Bagels, Starbucks®, Subway®, and Taco Bell® Express. There are also select vending machines across campus that accept the Faculty Staff Payroll Deduction program.

Take advantage of us!

There are many new and exciting things happening in Dining Services this year, and I certainly hope you will take advantage of what we have to offer! Dining Services is here for you because "We Feed The Bears" and are very proud of it!

Want to know what's being served in the dining rooms? Call the FoodLine (970.351.FOOD) for daily menus or look at our weekly menus online. Not signed up for the Faculty Staff Payroll Deduction program yet? Learn more about the program here.

Chef Aran Essig, CEC, CCA

Bon Apetit! Chef Aran Essig, CEC, CCA