"What is the nutrition information for the Sesame Ginger dressing at the salad bar?"
A 2 tablespoon serving has 120 calories, 8 grams fat, 10 grams carbs. It contains no cholesterol, protein or fiber. This dressing is vegan.
"I LOVE the potato bar on Wednesday and look forward to it all week! Will the regular potatoes be back this week? The mashed potatoes were ok, but whole potatoes are SO MUCH BETTER!!!! Thanks!"
We tried the mashed potatoes because (for a while) the organic potatoes and sweet potatoes were arriving in extremely irregular sizes - making portioning a headache. We will endeavor to stick with the whole potatoes, but may use the mashed occasionally if the same challenge arises.
"I have two things:
f the menu says “roasted”, the item should be roasted! We looked into this, and learned that when the Homestyle station ran out of roasted potatoes that evening, the staff rushed to prepare more, and used the fryer because it is quicker. The menu sign should have been changed accordingly, but it was not. We take our labeling very seriously and thank you for bringing this to our attention!
“Where can I find the ingredients/nutrition information for the buckwheat waffle mix? Is it pre-packaged or do you prepare it here? I am particularly interested in the amount of sugar and oil included. Thanks!”
We buy a mix and just add water. The main ingredients in the mix are whole wheat flour, riboflavin, malted barley, sugar, rice flour, vegetable oil, and sweet buttercream flavoring. A serving contains 240 calories, with 8 grams of fat and 8 grams of sugar.
The Tiger Cooler and Coffee Cart appear to be completely disconnected from the sustainable efforts of the Green Bean and the Marketplace, something many students have expressed. I've always wondered why the Tiger Cooler does not have composting bins for students and staff to place their cups, lids, and cup sleeves? Also, it would be great if a recycling bin was available for the staff and students to recycle plastics and glass when they are empty (where students work at the counter). I know a lot of people carelessly place their trash in any bin, but it would be nice if the Cooler had those options available. Also, would it be possible to package the PB&J sandwiches differently: those plastic containers are so wasteful. Plastic wrap could be an alternative; many coffee shops and cafes wrap sandwiches that way. Thank you!"
The Tiger Cooler and Coffee Cart are challenged in waste management primarily because of the buildings in which they are located. Neither Samuelson Pavilion nor Berkus Hall have composting capacity, and there would be a significant labor cost in moving compostables from these buildings to Johnson Student Center, where the College’s only compost container is situated.
We used to have a recycling bin at the coffee counter of the Tiger Cooler. However, the trash was always getting mixed in and therefore could not be taken out with other recyclables. The same thing currently happens with the recycling bins in the dining room. While we could include a recycling bin at the Coffee Cart, it would be most utilized by our staff, and there is little for them to recycle. While all of the products sold are packaged in some way, the large majority are purchased and taken elsewhere. In order for a waste management program to be most effective, employees and customers must have easy access to all types of bins. This means having a regular trash, recycling and compostable bin side-by-side everywhere disposal takes place. This would not prevent people from mixing trash, but it does remove the excuses and allows the ability for better education on proper disposal. Creating a functional system for customers to self-sort their trash is a project that involves not only Campus Dining, but students, other customers and the Facilities Management team members who coordinate waste management on Campus.
Regarding the PBJ sandwiches, we understand how the use of a container may seem wasteful. Plastic wrap would be much less expensive as well. However, cost and sustainability have to be weighed against labor resources and waste. The Tiger Cooler orders close to 100 PBJs each day from the Marketplace kitchen. It would require a considerable amount of time to wrap each sandwich, especially when the Tiger Cooler already has 30+ other products to package ourselves. Also, with that number of sandwiches, the containers allow the sandwiches to be stacked and displayed neatly. Without the container, the sandwiches would fall over in the case and the ones on the bottom of the pile would get smashed. That said, we are working with suppliers to get more compostable containers for Tiger Cooler products (but customers would still have to make the effort to bring the compostable containers to dispose of them in JSC.
Many efforts are in the works regarding waste management all over Campus. Campus Dining participates actively in these efforts.
"It's been over two weeks - will you please update the suggestion responses? Thank you!! :)"
We beg to differ - it's been 13 days ;-) Glad to see the interest! This was a relatively slow period for suggestions, and we usually post when we have gathered more than just a few. If you would like a personal response within a week, please submit your e-mail address with your suggestion.
Johnson Student Center, 2nd Floor