It is an exciting time in the world of campus dining. Colleges and universities are often at the forefront of the latest culinary trends and known to be strong stewards of the environment; however, the University of Colorado Boulder’s new Village Center Dining and Community Commons truly stands out at the top of the class.
Opening its doors about one year ago, the new facility boasts many sustainable building features in addition to serving a diverse menu of world-class cuisine that keeps students (and local residents) coming back for more.
Paul Houle, director of campus dining services, recently led a tour of the stunning space, which the university proudly welcomes the local community to enjoy. “Anyone from the community can come in and eat here,” said Houle.
The all-you-can-eat dining center boasts five micro-restaurants that give customers several options to please their palette. Featuring self-service areas as well as “display cooking” to allow customers to engage with culinary staff, the five stations in the dining center include:
Beyond its expansive menu and dining options, the Commons is a model for sustainability. For instance, electronchromic glass windows, which act similarly to transition eye glasses, provide just enough light so that electric lights are not necessary during the daytime hours and still allow for breathtaking views of the Flatiron Mountains.
Other unique features include:
“While the dining hall is absolutely gorgeous and state of the art, Paul and his staff succeed by creating on-trend recipes that keep it fresh and exciting for the students to come back and use their meal cards,” said Brian Cobos, a sales representative for General Mills Foodservice who works with the University of Colorado. “The University of Colorado Boulder’s culinary team makes the dining hall stand out above others through their creative and diverse menu options.”
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