New Dining Experience on Campus

BenUeats photo wall. Left to Right: Jen Manola, Director of Dining Services and Blake Masterson, Sous Chef. Photo Credit: Kaitlyn Estopare

Kaitlyn Estopare – News Writer

The Benedictine University dining services have been modified over the summer to provide a fun, vibrant and safe way to dine.

In order to create a safer dining experience, Benny’s is allowing students to socially distance while dining in and has created the option to order food through apps like ‘Boost’ and ‘Dine On Campus’. With these apps, you can see the full menus and nutritional facts about each meal being provided that day. The Boost app has,  “A display menu like DoorDash,” stated Jen Manola, Director of Dining Services. It’s an efficient way to order a meal from Benny’s, CoalBen, and #COFFEE.

The ‘Dine on Campus’ app is another great way to stay in the know about what is happening with dining. Within the app residents can purchase a meal plan and add B-Bucks to an account.

An exciting addition to Benny’s is the ‘RockBot’ app. This app allows students to be the DJ of Benny’s. Much like a jukebox, within the app you can choose and request a song and it will play over the speakers of Benny’s so that students may enjoy their delicious meal while listening to their favorite songs.

#COFFEE is providing a new menu, a grab & go system and is using a new Wisconsin provider for bakery and beverage items. This upcoming spring semester, with the help of Maplewood Craft brewed, will be transforming Coal Ben into a pub-style atmosphere. Also coming in the Spring will be a market inside of Benny’s. Students and staff will be able to grab grocery items in a quick and safe way. Until then a small version of the market will be available.

Benny’s has provided new televisions throughout the dining hall displaying the menu and the nutritional facts of the food they serve, which also include gluten-free and vegetarian options. All fresh chicken and beef have been changed to Halal and an allergen station has been placed for the safety of student consumption.

A new sustainability wall lets students and staff learn and understand how and where the food they are consuming is produced. In order for students and the dining staff to stay connected, there needs to be communication. To help this process a ‘Talk to the Chef’ chalkboard is available in Benny’s for feedback. “We would like to hear from you guys,” said Blake Masterson, Sous Chef.

By following @BenUeats on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook you will continue to discover more new and exciting things coming to campus dining.

Don’t forget to stop by Benny’s to get a fun selfie with the new BenUEats photo wall!