"I think it would be cool if there was a grilled sandwich or a panini station. It could be where pasta/stir fry/omeletes are made, and you could offer different breads and sandwich fillings, including cheese so people could order grilled cheese sandwiches. Just an idea!"
We've tried this model over winter and summer breaks - it's quite popular, but the line moves VEEEERRRY slowly. Even with four panini machines going, we still couldn't keep up with the speed of service required to handle the regular school year meal rushes.
That said, we're serving Paninis at Rangeview Dinner this Saturday March 2! Come to the RV courtyard between 6pm and 8:30pm and enjoy Cuban, Chicken, Vegetarian or Vegan Paninis. A GF option will also be available.
"HAVE MORE QUINOA SALADS THEY ARE THE BEST EVER!!!!!!!!!! Every week at least! Seriously they are my favorite and I get so excited every time you have them!!!"
"Friday's specialty salad with eggplant and carrots tasted very good - please bring it back again!"
We hear you! The quinoa salads have gotten rave reviews. Highly nutritious, vegan and gluten-free. Thanks for letting us know your favorites - we've passed your requests on to the cold food production team.
"Sushi needs to be much cheaper..."
We used to use a less expensive product, but we believe the quality of the Red Shell brand is far superior. We'll take this opportunity to ask you to review the proposed meal plan change structure - which would affect the pricing of items in the dining facilities. Send us your feedback!
[Tiger Cooler - 3 suggestions] Have rice available more hours (or all the time).
Hours of rice service at the Cooler are from 7pm until around 9:30 - 10:30pm, staffing permitting. From a practical standpoint rice presents a few challenges. The Tiger Cooler facility is very small (did you know there is NO kitchen in the back?) and the counter space is severely lacking. Here's a quote from the Tiger Cooler manager: "When we offer rice in the evenings, it is very well received. While it is very inexpensive, it does require some effort on the part of our staff. The rice cannot fit on the same counter with the rest of the grill prep items, which means another staff member must do the portioning of the rice at a separate counter. When one rice cooker is empty, our sanitation employee must promptly clean it and make it available for a supervisor to prepare the next batch of rice. Because so many people are involved, we can only offer it in the evenings when we have the extra staff available to maintain the process."
[Tiger Cooler] "Nachos or burritos would be cool to have on the menu as well. Thank you!"
Labor and space are the two big challenges at the Tiger Cooler. Nachos and similar items such as Chili Cheese Fries require many ingredients and become very labor intensive. These items are only practical for us to offer as a weekend special. On weekends we limit the regular menu and can dedicate cooking staff to producing just those items. As for burritos, the only practical way to offer them would be to transform the pizza station to a burrito station. With only one cook on staff, we could not accept custom orders. It would have to be a preset meat and veggie option, prepared and set out as a grab and go selection.
[Tiger Cooler] "... chicken strips or nuggets, and quesadillas. I've talked to a lot if people that would love if these were on the menu. Thank you!"
The Cooler only has one fryer well, and we have to keep the oil vegetarian, so unfortunately chicken strips are out (except as an occasional weekend special, for which we cook them at the Marketplace. Quesadillas take up too much space on the small Tiger Cooler griddle space. We're sorry!
"The lentils at homestyle lunch on Thursday were quite delicious! Thank you!"
You are so very welcome!
Johnson Student Center, 2nd Floor