UMaine Dining celebrates announcement of Whoopie Pie as official state treat

University of Maine, whoopie pie mountainOct. 25—The dining department at the University of Maine, in Orono, recently celebrated the announcement of the whoopie pie as the official state snack by creating a four-foot tall mountain of whoopie pies. The mountain was a replica of Maine’s Mount Katahdin and was made with 1,500 of the pies, according to a university press release.

The mountain included whoopie pies with blue frosting at the base to resemble the Penobscot River, and pumpkin, chocolate chip, blueberry and a white cake whoopie pie with chocolate frosting filling to form the rest of the mountain.

"The university bakers decided to do a whoopie pie mountain with different flavored and colored whoopie pies and food coloring," Glenn Taylor, director of culinary services, said in a press release.

Maine's Bill LD 71 designated the whoopie pie as the state treat. The university’s President Paul Ferguson and Amos Orcutt, president of the Maine Whoopie Pie Association, were among several speakers gathered to celebrate the whoopie pie at the event. The release states that the small event quickly became a larger event as word of the whoopie pie mountain spread. The department also served whoopie pies at two other dining facilities throughout the day.

See more photos on our Facebook page.

More From FoodService Director

Menu Development

At University of North Dakota, National Nutrition Month in March sometimes elicits as much excitement as the NCAA basketball tournament or spring break. That’s when the school’s version of the TV show “Chopped” takes place. The competition is an event organized by UND Dining’s registered dietitian, Dustin Frize, in partnership with the college’s chefs. Students are organized into teams, given a basket of nutritious foods and tasked with creating winning dishes. “Healthfulness is a key component of the judging,” Frize says.

And this unique partnership is gaining traction nationwide...

Industry News & Opinion

The dining team at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y., has updated the halal offerings at its student center after student concerns of cross-contamination and mislabeling, The Hofstra Chronicle reports.

After listening to students, the center’s halal options were moved from a self-serve line to a hot entree station. The dining team also updated its signage to better indicate which meals are halal.

In addition to halal hot dogs and hamburgers, students will now have the option of halal beef as well as new globally inspired halal meals.

Read the full story via...

Industry News & Opinion

Ball State University in Muncie, Ind., has debuted a mini food truck on campus, The Daily News reports.

Dining staff say the truck was introduced to give students more dining options as well as reaffirm the school’s commitment to sustainability.

The truck will feature healthy options with fewer than 550 calories that will be sold in plant-based to-go containers . Students will be able to choose from two to three rotating entrees as well as two signature entrees that will be available the entire week.

Read the full story via .

Sponsored Content

From Mondelez.

With consumers living increasingly busy, on-the-go lifestyles, operators who offer grab-and-go items are in the best position to benefit from the snacking public's eating habits. But since most people turn to different snacks throughout the day, operators need to provide diverse options to capture consumers' changing appetites. The ongoing popularity of grab-and-go items reveals trends that could help operators tailor their inventories to increase sales, especially in the workplace.

What do snackers want?

According to The Hartman Group's 2017 Out of Home...

FSD Resources