“Cornell Dining is very interested in providing safe food for a lot our students that have food allergies and are following a gluten-free diet either for celiac reasons or are gluten intolerant,” said Michele Lefebvre, director of nutrition management. “We have been working for many years to try to get to a place where we can serve clean ingredients to all of our students.”
The Cornell Dining website announced on Monday that “due to a supply chain problem with our Sushi With Gusto vendor, Cornell Dining is not offering sushi for sale at this time. Until further notice, Sushi with Gusto and Shizen products won’t be available in our eateries.”
Cornell students officially eat at the third best dining facilities in the country, according to the Princeton Review’s latest rankings for best campus food. This is Cornell’s highest position on the list in 20 years. Gail Finan ’69, who has served as Cornell Dining’s director for eight years, said the acknowledgement was most meaningful because it came from Cornell students themselves. “This is recognition by students, and students only, evaluating and recognizing the hard work that the entire Cornell Dining team does every day,” Finan said. “I know the efforts we go to, and the challenges we face, and it’s so gratifying to see this clear proof that our biggest audience, our students, know it too.”
The Princeton Review rates colleges using an annual student survey, according to its website.
If you have ever grabbed a chilled food item from an eatery on campus, it most likely had a Freshtake Grab-n-Go label with the phrase, “Prepared Daily by Cornell Dining” emblazoned on its packaging. A specific set of Cornell Dining employees go to the Robert Purcell Marketplace Eatery commissary every morning at approximately 4 a.m. to prepare foods that will end up on North, West and Central Campus eateries later that day, according to Karen Brown, director of Campus Life Marketing and Communications. Chef Steven Miller, who oversees the production process, explained that Freshtake employees do not work in other dining halls or work at other times. By noon, the Freshtake products have been transported to all campus eateries and are sold with the Freshtake seal, according to Miller. A wrap prepared in the morning could end up one floor below, at Bear Necessities Grill and C-Store, or at an eatery across campus.
As a patron of Cornell Dining, I’ve always appreciate the food served at the various establishments across campus, but I’ve come to realize that it’s not just what’s on the plate that makes Cornell Dining so great. Working as a student food service worker at Keeton has helped me to understand life on the other side of the food trays.
The app, Cornell Dining Made Simple, has arrived. Developed by CUAppDev, an iOS project team at Cornell University, the app helps users to browse which eateries are open on campus, along with the hours and menu of the eatery. It also enables the user to share menus with social networking contacts.