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About Dining Services
Concordia College is located in Moorhead, Minnesota and is home to 2,800 students from across the globe. The Dining Services department at Concordia is self operated and from 2007 to 2008 successfully built or renovated 100% of its operations, including Anderson Commons (residential dining, all-you-care-to-eat), The Maize (quick service café), the Coffee Stop, and the Korn Krib (c-store).
In Anderson Commons, theme meals, rotating menus, ethnic cuisine and food education programs are just a few things that keep students coming back. Nearly every week features either a theme meal, monotony breaker or other special food item. The menu features core items that are served daily and then several other items that rotate frequently. Each day offers a new menu and combination of foods at each of the 11 stations. In 2010, Anderson Commons was awarded a silver NACUFS award in the category of residential dining facility.
The Maize offers a menu full of healthy menu items, grab-and-go items, made-to-order specialties, daily features and much more. Special events and promotions often occur in The Maize, which has become a destination for students to gather, talk, study and relax. The Maize is a two time national award winner, receiving a gold NACUFS award in 2010 and a silver award in 2009, both in the category of retail operations.
Four registered dietitians are on staff daily, ensuring that members of the campus community have someone to talk to about nutritional questions and needs. The RD’s also provide nutritional information about each menu item served through NetNutrition, labeling and on site menu information. Concordia is an active member of The Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network and Cindy Hogenson RD, Residential Dining Manager, is on the NACUFS nutrition board.
Each summer, a new group of dietetic interns join the dining services team to prepare themselves for their futures as registered dietitians. Based in Dining Services, the dietetic internship program is accredited by the American Dietetic Association and offers recent dietetic graduates an internship with an emphasis in food service management, while also gaining clinical and community health experience.
Being environmentally aware has been one of the many goals set by Dining Services. Over the course of the past several years Dining Services has made significant strides in being green and has been recognized as the leader in sustainability at Concordia.
• Reduced food waste by 26.5 percent by becoming a trayless dining facility.
• Utilizing the campus greenhouse to grow herbs for use in Dining Services.
• All fresh potatoes served throughout Dining Services are organic and come from a local farmer.
• All of the facilities stopped offering plastic bags. Instead, guests must bring a reusable bag with them or purchase one on site.
Dining Services is also involved in the community. For nearly 20 years, Dining Services has been donating food surplus to Daily Bread. Items donated range from Cobber Joes to Lutheran Hotdish and more. The food donated is the result of unavoidable production and totals about 3,000 pounds each year.
Dining Services also offers catering services, holiday bake sales, and contract services throughout the community.
The contract services division is responsible for over 1,000 meals each day that are distributed to daycares and Meals on Wheels recipients. During the summer and school out days, over 1,500 meals are served each day. Contract services provides year-round employment for the culinary team, increasing retention and in turn increasing loyalty and excellent service.
The catering team serves nearly 100,000 guests each year in events that range from formal to pick-up orders.
For more information about Concordia College Dining Services please email email@example.com or call 218-299-3706.