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New Executive Chef To Join University Dining Services - published Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Chef Scott Pampuch imageUniversity Dining Services/ARAMARK is proud to introduce District Executive Chef Scott Pampuch as the newest member of its culinary team.

As the new District Executive Chef for the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities campus, Pampuch brings more than 15 years of experience as well as a deep passion for sustainable food.

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Get Healthy This Health & Wellness Week with UDS! - published Thursday, April 18, 2013

Health and Wellness Week blog entry imageThis week is Health & Wellness Week at the University of Minnesota! To join in on the campus-wide fun, University Dining Services is partnering with the Health & Wellness groups on campus to help educate students on healthy eating. UDS will be handing out healthy samples and prizes throughout the week

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The Earth Won't Wait, Make Every Day Earth Day - published Friday, April 12, 2013

 University Dining Services/ARAMARK will be joining with close to a billion people around the globe to celebrate Earth Day on April 22, 2013. University Dining Services/ARAMARK will host several campus wide events that highlight the importance of environmental stewardship with the goal of encouraging students, staff and visitors to ensure that Every Day is Earth Day.

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Arboretum Restaurant First Certified Green Restaurant® in MN - published Thursday, May 24, 2012

Green Restaurant Certification LogoIf green is what you're seeking in a restaurant, go no farther than the Arboretum Restaurant at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in Chaska, Minnesota. In May 2012, the Green Restaurant Association designated the Arboretum Restaurant as a Certified Green Restaurant®, identifying it as one of the most eco-friendly restaurants in the Twin Cities and the only such certified food court in the state of Minnesota.

Arboretum Restaurant scored 237.84 points and a three-star rating from the association. To qualify for certification, the Green Restaurant Association requires applicants to accumulate at least 100 points across seven environmental standards: water efficiency, waste reduction and recycling, sustainable furnishings and building materials, sustainable food, energy, disposables, and chemical and pollution reduction. Visit for more information about Green Restaurant Certification.

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Culinary Institute of America Announces ProChef Certification Graduates - published Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Chef Greg Colline, Chef Gil Junge, Chef Stacy WirollUniversity Dining Services is pleased to announce Catering Executive Chef Greg Collin (left in picture) and Chef Manager Stacy Wiroll (right in picture) have recently earned ProChef II certification from The Culinary Institute of America (CIA), the world's premier college.

The CIA's ProChef Certification is a comprehensive professional development and culinary skills verification program which measures core culinary managerial and financial acumen, including a chef's skill in taste proper cooking methods, authenticity, plating, use of all ingredients, hygiene, and disposal of waste.

Chefs Colline and Wiroll's completion of ProChef II is the culmination of a 10-week program that requires completion of online coursework and multiple hours in the kitchen practicing and advancing their skills, leading to a four-day pratical and written exam judged by Certified Master Chefs at CIA's Hyde Park, NY campus.

University Dining Services now has three ProChef-certified chefs. District Executive Chef, Gil Junge (center in picture), completed his certification in February 2010 


Second Papa John's Restaurant Opening at U of MN - published Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Papa John's LogoStudents on the St. Paul Campus will have a new dining option beginning December 19 when Papa John's opens in St. Paul Student Center's Terrace Cafe. Papa John's will be open Monday-Thursday 10:30AM - 3:00PM and Friday 10:30AM - 2:00PM. In addition to solo personal-sized pizzas, Papa John's will serve parmesan breadsticks with a variety of dippin sauces and spicy buffalo wings.

Celebrating the grand opening of this Papa John's location, University Dining Services, in conjuction with Student Unions & Activities, will be giving away five free pizza coupons to the first 15 people in line on December 19 at 10:30AM. Students, staff and faculty are invited to stop by the Terrace Cafe on the first day of opening for free samples and prizes from University Dining Services as well.

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Cone 10 Cafe Closes in Regis Center for Arts - published Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Cone 10 Cafe in West Bank's Regis Center for Arts will close indefinately on Wednesday, December 14, due to decreasing customer traffic and the existing depressed economic conditions.

University Dining Services continues to operate Starbucks in Hanson Hall, Dunn Bros Coffee in Wilson Library, Essentials & Java City in Blegen Hall as well as a food court and cafe in Carlson School of Management just minutes away from Regis Center for Arts.

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UDS Introduces Meatless Mondays - published Tuesday, November 15, 2011

University Dining Services at the University of Minnesota is joining the Meatless Monday movement. The campaign coincides with UDS' mission to encourage positive health and wellness along with protecting and improving the environment.

Meatless Monday promotes skipping meat for one meal eavery week since such a practice can help reduce your impact on the environment. Meat products typacally produce more Green House Gases than fruits and vegetables along with requiring more resources in order to be raised properly.

UDS notes that there will still be meat options offered on Meatless Monday, but they will not be as prominent, as a menu highlighting vegan and vegetarian options will be created. UDS encourages students, faculty and staff to look ahead at what will be offered on its NetNutrition website, which shows menus up to a week ahead of time.

For additional information regarding UDS' Meatless Monday campaign, please click "read more" to read the full press release. (a 44KB pdf)


Erbert & Gerbert's Set To Open at University of MN - published Friday, July 29, 2011

Erbert and Gerbert's Bistro LogoStudents, staff and faculty at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities will have one more option on campus on August 31 when Erbert & Gerbert's® Sandwich Shop opens in Coffman Memorial Union.

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ARAMARK SERVES UP GREAT EATS AT U2 CONCERT - published Tuesday, July 26, 2011

University of Minnesota's TCF Bank Stadium hosted rock band U2 on Saturday, July 23, as part of U2's "360* Tour." ARAMARK, TCF Bank Stadium's premium concessions food service provider, served up foods and beverages to 58,500 fans attending the event. This was the first concert held at an outdoor stadium venue in the Twin Cities since 1978 at the old Met Stadium.

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University Dining Services is proud to offer customers caloric information on menu boards in University of Minnesota - Twin Cities food courts, coffee cafes and convenience stores beginning June 27, 2011.

"We are pleased to be one of the first University campuses in the nation to offer caloric information on menu boards," said Karen DeVet, Director of University Dining Services.

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Burger Studio To Open At University of MNBurger Studio To Open At University of MN - published Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Burger Studio, a new burger concept, is opening at the University of Minnesota on October 25, 2010. Burger Studio will be located within the food court in the Carlson School of Management and open Monday-Friday 11AM-2PM.

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University Dining Services Launches New WebsiteUniversity Dining Services Launches New Website - published Tuesday, June 08, 2010

The newly redesigned Web site for University Dining Services (UDS) went live today on the World Wide Web. The updated Web site aims to serve a broad audience of current and prospective students, parents and University faculty and staff by providing a central access point for dining information on campus. The new Web site features expanded information on campus restaurants and coffee shops, health & wellness information, UDS’s sustainability initiatives and University Catering. The redesign also incorporates the University of Minnesota’s updated website graphics and interface.

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UDS Introduces Jam RewardsUDS Introduces Jam Rewards - published Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Dining on campus just got more rewarding.  JamSM Rewards, University Dining Services introduces their new customer rewards program beginning June 9. Students, staff and faculty can enroll at and win prizes just for eating on campus.




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University Dining Services to Open 7th Java City café on Campus - published Sunday, May 09, 2010

Minneapolis, MN 11/16/09 – On December 7, University Dining Services (UDS) will open its 7th Java City cafe in East Bank's Medical BioSciences Building, located on 6th St SE directly across from TCF Bank Stadium.

University Catering Wins Silver!University Catering Wins Silver! - published Thursday, May 06, 2010

University Catering at the University of Minnesota was awarded silver in the 2010 Loyal E. Horton Dining Awards, presented annually by the National Association of College and University Food Services (NACUFS). University Catering won the award in the "Catering — Standard Menu” category for the seven regional menus featured in the 2009 TCF Bank Stadium Suite Guide. The award will be presented to the University of Minnesota in July at the association's annual conference in San Jose, California.


Happy bEARTHday Earth DayHappy bEARTHday Earth Day - published Thursday, April 01, 2010

Minneapolis, MN , 4/1/2010 -  The celebration of Earth Day, Thursday, April 22, 2010, is extra special this year as Earth Day celebrates its 40th birthday! University Dining Services at the University of Minnesota is celebrating Earth Day with a special “Happy bEARTHday Earth Day” party including several programs to highlight our focus on environmental stewardship.


Chef Gil Junge awarded ProChef-Level II Certified Chef de Cuisine - published Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Chef Gil Junge earned the ProChef Level II certification from the Culinary Institute of America (CIA), increasing his culinary and leadership skills.

The ProChef Level II exams took place over a four day period in February at the CIA campus in Hyde Park, New York. Grading by Master Chefs within the CIA included: hygiene, proper cooking methods, authenticity, taste, plating, use of all ingredients and waste.


College Sustainability Report Card - published Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Minneapolis, MN 10/7/09 – University of Minnesota Dining Services received an “A” in the Food & Recycling category of the newly released College Sustainability Report Card 2010 for its work in local food procurement, waste conservation and community partnerships.


Annual “Late Night Breakfast” Held for University Students - published Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Minneapolis, MN, 12/17/09 – University of Minnesota Dining Services and the Department of Housing and Residential Life hosted the 9th Annual Late Night Breakfast on Wednesday, December 16. Nearly 3,000 students attended the event, held from 9:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. at Bailey, Middlebrook and Sanford Residential Restaurants and 9:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m. at Centennial Restaurant. 


Recipes From Home 2009 - published Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Minneapolis, MN, 12/29/09 – University Dining Services’ annual Recipes From Home Contest is underway to find University residential students’ best recipe from home. Meal plan holders can submit a recipe to University Dining Services at between November 23, 2009 and December 31, 2009. 


University Dining Services Participates in Annual RecycleMania Competition - published Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Minneapolis, MN, 12/29/09 – University of Minnesota Dining Services is participating in then
annual collegiate RecycleMania competition which takes place January 17-March 27, 2010. 
Over 400 colleges from around the country are participating in the competition, aiming to earn
bragging rights by collecting the most recyclables.  In 2008, University of Minnesota placed 2nd
in the competition’s Organics Recycling category.


University Dining Services Offers Vegetarian Options for Campus Customers - published Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Minneapolis, MN 9/26/09 - University Dining Services offers vegan and vegetarian options for customers in residential and retail restaurants on campus. UDS offers at least one vegetarian option at every meal in residential restaurants and highlights offerings with Just4U menu identifiers at each station.


UDS Celebrates Health, Wellness and Sustainability with 3rd Annual Eat Well, Live Well Event - published Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Minneapolis, MN 9/28/09 – Over 3,500 university students, faculty and staff attended University Dining Services’ (UDS) 3rd Annual Eat Well, Live Well event on Monday, September 28 from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. in Coffman Union’s Great Hall. The first 500 students who attended the event received a free reusable bag from UDS.