Campus Dining


Dining news, upcoming special events and responses to your suggestions

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November 13, 2014

On October 10th, 2014, Occidental became the 27th signatory to the national Real Food Challenge Campus Commitment. On the 24th, students celebrated with Good Food Day, receiving free local and organic food courtesy of sponsorship by Campus Dining, FEAST, Associated Students of Occidental College, and especially the ASOC Sustainability Fund. 

President Veitch’s decision this October to sign on to the national Real Food Challenge Commitment is a step Campus Dining has been preparing to take for over 6 years. Since 2008, when Campus Dining’s first Student Sustainability Intern suggested that Real Food Challenge (RFC) metrics could be used to assess existing procurement, four successive student interns have used the guidelines to assess purchases, and provide recommendations on improvements. This past fiscal year, using the stringent, comprehensive, updated Real Food Guide released for 2013/2014, Oxy’s Own Dining Services came in at ...

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October 24, 2014

"Thank you so much for the letter soup and the stars soup. They were delicious!!"

Comfort food! So glad you are enjoying :-)

"Could you get the Chobani simply 100 yogurt(especially the key lime flavor)? Its less heavy than the normal ones."

Sure. We'll do our best to rotate in the Simply 100 along with the other varieties of Chobani, as well as Muller yogurts. Just a reminder: Sometimes we are at the mercy of our suppliers and what they have available, particularly with yogurt. 

"Can we please get agave nectar in the marketplace? I would love something other than brown sugar to sweeten my oatmeal or to add to yogurt."

As of 10/23 we have placed a container of Agave Nectar on the west condiment stand - enjoy. But please leave it at...

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October 9, 2014

"I'd love to get the 0% nonfat plain chobani Greek yogurt back! Not the 4% kind..."


"Will the plain nonfat Chobani Greek yogurt be back? The 4% is too rich for me, and it's almost 20% of recommended daily saturated fat! Thank you!"

The 4% plain yogurt was purchased because we received a suggestion for it. We're doing our best now to rotate both 0% and 4% plain Chobani into the Marketplace.

"The Gyros was AMAZING AMAZING AMAZING!!! Please do it again, it was successful and close to my ethnic background so that I feel a little bit at home in the marketplace!"

The Gyros you enjoyed so much will return sometime the week of October 20 :-)

"Why doesn't the stir-fry bar extend through dinner like the pasta bar?"

The reason is labor. The pasta bar takes two employees and...

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September 26, 2014

Cooking with Joe Returns - October 10

As part of Food Justice Month, Campus Dining and F.E.A.S.T. present...

Cooking with Joe!

Featuring the considerable culinary talents of Joe Parks - best known
for his daily appearances at the Marketplace Grill Station

Joe's class starts out with a visit to the FEAST garden, where a FEAST
representative will help you harvest produce for dinner (Campus Dining
will supply protein, seasonal accompaniments, dessert and beverages). Then walk to the
Berkus Hall Kitchen, and Joe will shepherd you through cooking up a
yummy autumn-themed dinner. You'll finish up by dining together "al fresco" on the
beautiful Berkus Hall Courtyard.

Class Time...

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September 23, 2014

"The vegan options (lentils, spinach & tofu, and veggies) at brunch this Sunday, August 24th, were great! The lentil soup was also delicious! If you could continue offering vegan soup with protein, such as lentil soup, regularly, that would be awesome! Thank you :)"

So glad you are enjoying the vegan menu items including the soups this year! We've expanded the vegan soups containing protein. Coming up: Vegan Chili on 9/24, Meatless Mole on 9/25 and Roasted Veggie & Quinoa (9/29).

"PLEASE bring back salami because I really miss salami sandwiches."

Unfortunately the salami was not  a big seller. It's no longer offered every day, but we will have frequent specials. Wednesday 9/24 at lunch look for Italian Sub Sandwiches at Homestyle!

"Can you offer spinach as one of the options on the salad bar on a regular basis?"

We're sorry, but spinach is...

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August 6, 2014

Campus Dining Reaches 15% Real Food!

Real Food Challenge

Campus Dining is proud to announce that, for the 2013-2014 academic year, Real Food purchases accounted for 15% of our spending, according to the latest, more rigorous guidelines published by the Real Food Challenge. We are thrilled to be well on our way to the Real Food Challenge national goal of 20% by 2020.

For more background on the Real Food Challenge organization check out their site, and for Oxy’s participation, take a look at our main Real Food Challenge page. You can stay up to date on our current sustainability efforts by following us on ...

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May 2, 2014

Tuesday May 6
5pm - 7:30pm
The Marketplace
Wear your PJs!

Pancakes at the Grill
Buttermilk Flap Jacks, Vegan/Gluten Free Pancakes
Toppings, Toppings, Toppings!
Deli Salad
Local & Organic Fruit & Yogurt Parfaits (vl) (v)
Classic Breakfast/Alternative Breakfast at Chef's Corner
Scrambled Eggs, Scrambled Whites, Bacon, Apple & Chicken Sausage, Tator Tots
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May 1, 2014


Authentic Recipes from Oxy's Own Chefs!
Monday May 5, 2014
11am - 1:15pm


Gorditas Stuffed With Asada Meat, Refried Beans

Soy Crumbles with Corn & Mexican Squash & Refried Beans (V)

Shredded Lettuce, Sour Cream, Queso Fresco

Home Made Salsas

Deli Salads


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April 21, 2014

This week is Earth Week. Celebrate and protect the environment by eating consciously!

The food system is responsible for over 20% of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, and American food travels an average of 1,500-2,500 miles from farm to table. Look for a ‘carbon footprint of food’ poster to find the best options for eating sustainably.


April 22nd Earth Day Theme Lunch:

  • Certified Humane Meyer’s Natural Beef Meatballs
    • Made w/ local breadcrumbs from Oliver’s Artisan Breads, and Organic Parmesan and Milk
    • Certified Humane Beef by the Global Animal Partnership (Step 3)
  • Organic Fire-Roasted Artichokes (v, gf)...
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