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January 29, 2015
December 4, 2014
Even with finals around the corner, while there are plenty of reasons to feel stressed and unlucky, it is important to remember how lucky we are to be at Occidental College.
Thanksgiving break has come and gone, but as we head into finals, it is still equally important to remember the necessity of giving thanks. And in the spirit of thanks (and of giving), we strive to support a sustainable, ethical economy. Food is something that connects everyone. It is the baseline on which the rest of our lives are built; the fuel that keeps us going. So to keep moving in a positive direction – not just individually, but societally – it is important to make sure that the food that ends up on our plate is the food that we would want to be involved in growing, packing, shipping and preparing. We are what we eat, after all! (So don’t forget to be delicious, and get...Read More
November 14, 2014
"I know I've said this before, but our sandwich ladies are SO nice! They always take their time and seem to genuinely care how your day is. Thank you for being so wonderful. :)"
"All of the workers who work at campus dining are so kind and friendly and it really enhances my eating experiences at Oxy! They clearly prepare the food with love for the students and I enjoy eating so many things they prepare. One station in particular that I would love to give a shout-out to is the bakery--I can't believe how consistently delicious the cookies and pastries and cakes are. We are so lucky to have so many devoted staff who prepare such fresh goods for us!! Every time I give a tour I go on about how great the marketplace is--food is an integral part of college life and the dining staff make Oxy's one to envy! Thank you for everything."
We are happy to pass your kind comments on to our outstanding workers - thank you!
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 ...Read More
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...Read More
October 22, 2014
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...Read More
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.
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...Read More
August 6, 2014
Campus Dining Reaches 15% Real Food!
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 ...Read More