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New executive chef changes cafeteria quality

New executive chef changes cafeteria quality

Elizabeth Mahan, Reporter

March 8, 2019

Jay Bendele started as the executive chef for Mesquite Dining Hall about two weeks ago. Three cafeteria employees and 15 students said they are beginning to notice improvements in the quality of food as well as in the quality of relationships among cafeteria employees. Bendele, who has been in the ...

New director of dining to set new goals to benefit students

New director of dining to set new goals to benefit students

latoya fondren

January 23, 2018

The sound of fresh fruit blending and the warm smell of grilled chili lime chicken fill the air in Mesquite Dining Hall as chefs prepare for the spring semester under the leadership of the new director of dining hall services, Kevin Chafins. "I’ve been doing food service since I was 16 years ...

Dining hall renovations still incomplete

Dining hall renovations still incomplete

Kara McIntyre

August 30, 2016

Mesquite Dining Hall's empty spaces and idle kitchen areas have some students confused, such as mechanical engineering freshman Braeden Alvez. He gestured to the middle of the cafeteria, which holds a new, full kitchen setup, and wondered why there was no one manning that station. "Because of my major, ...

Dining services leaves much to be desired

Dining services leaves much to be desired

Yolanda Torres

August 26, 2015

The new dining contract has brought with it a new way to eat at the Mesquite Dining Hall. One of the biggest changes is the buffet-style serving, a change from previous years where students could only get one entree at a time. The buffet-style serving may take some time to get used to but overal...

Proposed dining contract could redefine campus eating

Brianna Sheen

February 12, 2015

At the Board of Regents meeting Feb. 12 - 13, board members will review the recommendation for a new dining hall contract, submitted by the office of housing and dining services' committee. "We will recommend that we enter into a contract with Chartwells but that contract is not finalized," sai...

Mesquite Cafe can do Better

Adaobi Ezeodum

November 6, 2014

Being that it was my first semester in Midwestern State, I chose to live in the dorms and reap the benefits of on-campus housing. One of the conditions that came with that was the requirement to purchase a meal plan. I ended up picking the 14-meals-per-week plan as I thought that it was the most convenie...

Cafe services defend food selections, answer student

Cafe services defend food selections, answer student

Erin Wrinkle

January 29, 2013

Since the beginning of school cafeterias, the food has always gotten a bad rap, but the director of dining services at MSU, Michael Clifton, is trying to put an end to it. The 17-year veteran of dining services has been making changes over the past seven years he has been at Midwestern. Cli...

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