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We grow herbs in decorative containers indoors. We place the containers in retail or servery locations where customers can see the herbs being used in display cooking stations.

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To test our new dining experience Rendevous before it officially opens, we invited our 75 resident assistants to dine with us for lunch.

We switched from an 8-by-8-inch hinged container in our deli to waxed paper. This allowed us to more efficiently mark our pricing. 

For a special event we did, we had a student draw our University Dining Staff and we put the drawing on the back of T-shirts for the T-shirt giveaway, along with our University Dining slogan, &...

To build support and awareness of our Breakfast in the Classroom (BIC) program, we partnered with Acson America, a Hispanic community activist organization, to host breakfast meetings with principals...

Use the talents of your student population to properly market your dining program. We advertised on our Facebook page for student marketers and selected five.

Every year during take your children to work day, we host a healthy cooking demonstration. The kids are actually helping to make the dish. 

We hold a “power hour” in our cafeteria in the afternoon, where we offer coffee for 35 cents. 

We started producing our own lip balm from the beeswax that we harvest on campus (we recently installed two beehives). We sell the lip balm in our gift shop.

We recently collaborated with several people in Carilion Clinic and Roanoke Public School System to develop a Food is Art Gallery. The gallery is located just outside our Mountain View Café...

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