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Archive for Saturday, August 11, 2007

Merged food operations looking forward

August 11, 2007

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It's been three years since the food operations of Kansas University's housing department and Memorial Unions merged.

Nona Golledge, director of Dining Services at KU, said the administrative details are taken care of now.

"It's a long process to go through that," she said. "Now, we're at a place in the process we can look forward."

Dining Services has been adding options for those on campus. There now are 20 food and beverage operations on campus, including cafeterias, retail options (such as The Market in the Kansas Union), Hawk Stop convenience stores and coffee shops.

Two recent additions are The Studio, a dining area in Hashinger Hall, and the Impromptu Cafe, which took the place of Milton's in the Kansas Union as a classy spot for dining.

All that, plus taking care of campus catering and the athletics training table, keeps food-service providers busy.

But that doesn't mean Golledge and her crew aren't looking for new options.

This year, The Market will partner with Local Burger, 714 Vt., to offer vegan burgers. It also is offering zucchini and pumpkin breads made by the Community Mercantile, 901 Iowa, at Pulse coffee shops on campus.

Golledge said she also wanted to have the Community Mercantile provide classes on healthy eating and preparing food.

Most of the additions, she said, are the result of the merger.

"It's allowed us to gain efficiencies," Golledge said. "When you do that, you can provide more for students on campus."

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