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Laurier’s Fresh Food Co. adopts new all-you-care-to-eat model
An all-day omelet station, a made-to-order sushi bar and a pizza/pasta area complete with Woodstone pizza oven are some of the new offerings available to diners on Laurier’s Waterloo campus.
The new meal options are part of a revamped Fresh Food Co., also known as the Dining Hall, which recently switched over to an “all-you-care-to-eat” service model. Under the new setup, customers pay a flat fee upon entry to the facility for all food and drink – either via a student meal plan or as an individual cash or debit purchase.
Regardless of the customer’s method of payment or relationship to the university, everyone pays the same amount per meal: $9.15 for breakfast, $12 for lunch and $14.45 for dinner (prices include beverages and HST).
“I am very pleased to see the changes implemented on the Waterloo campus for our Food Services operations,” said Dan Dawson, Laurier’s assistant vice-president, Student Services. “We expect that our residence students will enjoy a dining experience with many healthier options. Everyone in our campus community should benefit from the same experience when visiting the Fresh Food Co., but also enjoy less congestion at our branded locations throughout the campus.”
To facilitate the new setup, the Dining Hall’s main seating area is no longer available for casual access. However, the area at the south end of the building, overlooking the Quad, has been left open as a study and casual meeting space. This area also provides access between the John Aird Centre and the Arts Building.
“We’ve almost doubled our space and increased food concepts, with 12 food stations instead of the previous eight allowing more room to move around,” said Ryan Lloyd-Craig, the university’s Resident District Manager. “The new system also largely eliminates disposable takeout containers, allowing us to move to an almost completely organic waste stream and improve our environmental footprint.”
Laurier’s Food Services partner organization, Aramark Canada, operates successful dining services on the same all-you-care-to-eat model at several other universities and colleges, including Carleton University in Ottawa and the University of Toronto (St. George).
For more information on the Fresh Food Co. and other Food Services locations, visit www.wlu.campusdish.com.