The new Fusion Market on the campus of the State University of New York at Geneseo has been a boon for students looking for global choices.
When Campus Auxiliary Services (CAS) was looking to replace a retail location in its college union, it spoke with students, many of whom are from New York City and other large cities, or from other countries. “They were looking for more foods that they are used to seeing on a daily basis,” said Jonna Anne, CEC, executive chef at CAS. “Trying to find a place we could put that in made sense.”
Those discussions with students led to the creation of Fusion Market. “It is a retail market,” she said. “We have four different food concepts there. We wanted to make it similar to New York City where there are tons of food trucks, and you can get great sandwiches at one, and the next you can get kebabs, and the next you can get Pad Thai and so on.”
The entire market offers only grab 'n go quick-service items with authentic flavors. “We wanted to make it a true destination, and not kind of water everything down and place it throughout campus,” said Anne. ...
In many cases, students with special dietary needs can feel self-conscious about their condition. They do not like to draw attention to it, as they want to seem “just like everyone else.”
University Dining at North Carolina State University (NC State) in Raleigh has come up with a way for students to check for allergens in a discreet way. “At every dining hall, we have an iPad that sorts for allergens and intolerances,” said Lisa Eberhart, registered dietitian. “It has today's menu, and if you want to be dairy free, for example, it will sort everything that is dairy free, which is really cool and students really like it.”
The idea for the iPads for allergens, which were programmed by campus developers, came from a similar set-up in the Athletic Dining HalL. “It sorted all sorts of menu items, like if they wanted to gain weight, lose weight, if they had an iron deficiency or other issues for our Training Table,” she said. “I did it on an iPad, and I thought, 'You could really do this easily with allergens.' They just changed it to allergens for me. It has been really nice because students are really comfortable with an iPad. It also gives them calories, protein, carbohydrates and fats if they want to know that.” ...