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We encourage the catering team and cooks to take pictures with their cell phones of the menus, recipes and plate presentation.

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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...

When we recognize employees, we do so with handwritten cards rather than emails. We also gave all the staff a branded fleece pullover, which went over very well. 

A Vegan Corner exists in every residential dining facility to satisfy this portion of our student customer base. The Vegan Corner choices adjust by semester, according to student requests. 

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