Once the 10 or so students had been wined and dined (minus the wine, of course!), the cluster of food services people (there were five or six of them) asked us what we thought about campus dining. We discussed ways to encourage people to eat at MarketPointe during the Center Court rush hours (my favorite ideas were the smoothies and take-out lunches), what sort of food we'd like to see in the dining halls, how to better advertise the independent meal plans and anything else students were curious about.
The thing that really surprised me, however, was how many things the food service team actually already do that most of us had no idea were available. And this isn't just some easy PR for them -- I was actually really impressed by how much effort these people put into our campus's dining experience. For example, did you know:
- The dining halls have themed days every couple of weeks, from Mardi Gras to St. Patrick's Day to a Parisian-themed bistro?
- You can view their weekly menus AND nutrition info online?
- These Food Focus meetings happen monthly and are open to any student?
Not too shabby, Food Services.
I must admit, I'm impressed. I'd love to see how the feedback from the focus meetings is actually implemented -- do these meetings actually make a difference? But overall, I walked away from the meeting with a full belly and an better understanding and appreciation of the program.
How do you think food services at UC could be improved? What do you think is great about them, already? Leave a comment or send a tweet to @arielfab!