Hope everyone’s week is off to a great start! I’m happy to say that after an extremely hectic previous week, this week is (knock on wood) going 100% more smoothly. That’s always something to keep in mind; when things get tough, just know that it won’t last forever and good things will soon be on the way. Life is full of ups and downs!
I promised a while back to share some things I have been learning in my Food Production and Management class this semester so today’s post is all about University Dining Trends. I pulled some pics directly from my professor’s slideshow so give you guys a look!
According to the NRA, the top 10 menu trends for 2012 will be:
- Locally sourced meats and seafood
- Locally grown produce
- Healthful kid’s meals
- Hyper-local items
- Sustainability as a culinary theme
- Children’s nutrition as a culinary theme
- Gluten-free/food allergy conscious items
- Locally produced wine and beer
- Sustainable seafood
- Whole grain items in kid’s meals
This info as foodies should make us all pretty happy!
After going over more general trends, we looked more closely at college dining life. I have gotten to see a lot of the current happens regarding college food from living in the dorms last year which included a dining hall meal plan, and now working behind the scenes in one of the dining halls. For my school at least, there are a lot of positive changes I have seen first-hand in the way of offering a large variety of foods, healthier options, vegetarian choices, different cuisines, etc. I have to say I am quite impressed at how things are progressing! I’m sure there are school colleges that might be a bit behind on the trends, but I feel confident that we are headed in the right direction.
Here’s a look at some of the newer layouts of university cafeterias around the U.S.:
University of Washington:
Virginia Commonwealth University:
Not too shabby, eh? They look like straight up restaurants to me! That’s definitely not what I think of when I hear the word “cafeteria.” It’s cool to see the progress that has been made over time and see the fun stuff that some college students are enjoying right now! Our K-state dining director says that ours is on the way to looking very similar to some of these pictures within the next few years. Oh, you mean right after I graduate? My timing is just superb, haha.
Did/Do you enjoy your college dining options?