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College Hires New Food Vendors

By Russell Dolan
On October 3, 2010

 

Students returning to The College this year may have noticed the cafeteria is now run by a different vendor and has given it a whole new look as well as a big menu change.

"Periodically, the college is required to go through a formal process to select a food vendor. By law, it must be done at least every five years," said Tom Peterson, Director of marketing and college relations at The College. "However, the contract we had with the previous vendor, Gourmet Dining, was for only three years, so we had to go through the process this past year."

Peterson said, "The Retail Services Corporation, which is the board that oversees food service and the bookstore, solicited proposals from vendors and evaluated them, and then selected Sodexo."

The retail services corporation looks for a catering vendor that has had worked in colleges before as well as "a company that can provide variety at a reasonable cost, keeping in mind that we have a diverse population. The RSC liked Sodexo's proposal and awarded them the contract," said Peterson.

The new vendor cost no extra for The College and is making food for a reasonable price. The new menu is very diverse.

"There is a Mexican station, an Asian station, a new deli and an expanded salad bar. They've moved the burgers, fries and pizza section into Café A. They've also expanded the selections," said Peterson.

"I really like the Asian station. It doesn't taste like your typical cafeteria food," said Alyssa Mazarella, freshman.

"The food is better than last year definitely," said Brittany LeStrange, sophomore.

Not only is the new food vendor making the students happy but it's also making the employees of the cafeteria happy as well. Theresa Catenarro who worked at the college last year in the cafeteria boasts that she "loves" the new food vendor.

"The food is better and fresher. Everything is run more professionally. We're doing much better. We're busier and we're hearing good reactions from the students. This is the best I've seen the cafeteria in two years," said Catenarro.

Sodexo brought in a new full staff, which the old vendor didn't have.

"Many of the employees of Gourmet Dining decided to stay with the company and work at other locations they serve. Others retired. They all had the opportunity to interview for a job with Sodexo, and some were hired," said Peterson.

Check out The College's new cafeteria in the College Center and give it a try.


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