With so many foodservice outlets on campus, the College & University channel presents a unique range of opportunities. Dining halls can serve globally inspired fare to meet the demands of students and staff; catering services can demonstrate flexibility and creativity; concession stands and on-site retail outlets can incorporate on-the-go eats and snacks that satisfy cravings. Staying on top of the latest trends and implementing innovative solutions like street food and grab-and-go plant-based handhelds will make success a reality across dayparts and menu possibilities.
flavor focus: global cuisine
As international cuisines become more mainstream, dishes from far-away locations are taking their places in C&U dining halls, concession stands and retail outlets alongside spaghetti and pizza. An ethnically diverse student body means global cuisine is the new normal and the more regionally-specific, the better! As a result, more exotic specialty ingredients are making their way onto C&U menus to meet students’ desire for authentic foods as well as Americanized versions of ethnic fare.
Global Cuisine in Action
- Introduce menu items that go beyond the international cuisines that students already know and love by diving deeper into new regional specialties.
- The authenticity of regional global favorites from Taiwan, Israel, the Yucatan Peninsula and beyond will earn instant credibility.
- Since students crave global street foods, create an International Street Food theme night using our globally-inspired flavors to create new favorites like customizable Indian-style curry bowls or a make-your-own burrito station.