Last summer was a busy one for the foodservice team at Cape Henry Collegiate in Virginia Beach, Va. Right after classes ended, the cafeteria underwent a complete renovation to streamline diner traffic, add seating and bring the space’s aesthetic up to par with the rest of the school.
Here’s a peek at the new and improved cafeteria, which is run by Aladdin Food Management Services.
3 distinct areas
Instead of one big dining area, the cafeteria is now separated into three distinct spaces for students. The first, located right at the main entrance, features small circular tables and offers a place for elementary students to sit. The area next to it features long rectangular tables and provides seating for middle and high school students. The last space is the bistro, which is separated from the rest of the cafeteria by a wall and doors, and can be closed off for student and faculty meetings. The renovation added around 50 seats, allowing the cafeteria to accommodate just under 400 students.
Meals made to order
One of the new draws is the Showtime Station, where staff create made-to-order meals. “That’s a fun little addition that we can play around with,” says Aladdin foodservice director Adam Woods. This year, staff have served cooked-to-order dishes ranging from fresh tossed Caesar salads to create-your-own stir fries.
Showing school pride
The team tried to incorporate Cape Henry’s brand and history when choosing the decor for the new space. A cutout of a silver dolphin (the school’s mascot) hangs on the wall near one of the serving lines and the school’s compass rose logo was built into the flooring. The space also has a large black-and-white graphic of the original school building.
While the school’s colors are red and grey, the team decided to pull back on incorporating too much red since the old cafeteria featured red on the walls, trash cans and other decor. “We tried not to do anymore red,” says director of operations Sarah Williams. “In this renovation, we didn’t replace any of our seating because it was all in good shape so that was our red element that stayed.”