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Read the latest news and accomplishments from CWU Dining Services:

 

Best Sandwich
Best Sandwiches Readers’ Choice: 10 Totally Rad Plant-Based Sandwiches from Food Service Chefs
Food Management, Thursday, January 14, 2021
Using mushroom or cauliflower, vegan “chicken” or vegan cheese, these sandwiches take plant-based ingredients to the next level. Read More
 
 
 
Innovator Award
Innovator of the Month: Central Washington University Dining Steps Up to Offer Safe but Appealing Meal Choices for its Coronavirus-Restricted Customers
Food Management, Monday, January 5, 2021
From debuting a mobile ordering option and rolling out a new healthy eating concept to offering pop-ups, culinary competitions and giveaways, CWU’s foodservice team has tried to maintain its momentum toward building a high-impact campus dining program despite trying times. Read More
 
 
Student Engagement
CWU Dining Services Builds Student Engagement during Untraditional Fall Quarter
Foodservice Equipment and Supplies, December 2020
In an attempt to spice things up on campus and encourage student engagement, CWU Dining Services hosted a virtual cooking demonstration in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month. Read More
 
 
 
Prodigy Award
CWU Dining Services Earns Another Industry Accolade
Central Today News, Monday, December 14, 2020
Central Washington University Dining Services added to its trophy case once again this month when it received a second-place Prodigy Award from Computrition, one of the nation’s leading providers of food service and health care software solutions. Read More
 
 
CStore Decisions
CWU Dining Services Builds Student Engagement During Untraditional Fall Quarter
Central Today News, Friday, October 23, 2020
Central Washington University Dining Services has been doing its best to spice things up on campus this fall, presenting two well-attended pop-up events and hosting a virtual cooking demonstration for Hispanic Heritage Month. Read More
 
 
 
CStore Decisions
CWU Campus Dining Launches Fresh Food Concept
CStore Decissions, Thursday, October 15, 2020
Central Washington University’s Executive Chef Joe Ritchie and his team work to offer hyper-local, healthy and innovative menu items while keeping students and staff safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read More
 
 
 
CStore Decisions
CWU Executive Chef on Campus Changes, Fresh Bar Concept
CStore Decisions, Tuesday, September 15, 2020
CStore Decisions Associate Editor Isabelle Gustafson catches up with Central Washington University (CWU) Executive Chef Joe Ritchie about the campus’ new Fresh Bar concept. Read More

 

 

GET square
CWU Dining Services Launches Mobile Ordering for Fall Quarter
Central Today News, Tuesday, September 8, 2020
Central Washington University students, faculty, and staff will have a new way to order food and beverages on campus this fall. Read More

 

 

Jack Rising Star
CWU Campus Sous Chef Named A Rising Star by National Publication
Central Today News, Tuesday, July 22, 2020
Central Washington University’s Jack Mazzacavallo has once again attracted the attention of national food industry professionals, being named a Rising Star for 2020 by FoodService Director magazine. Read More
 

 

Fresh Bar
Story from the Front Lines
Food Management, Friday, May 15, 2020
Central Washington University Campus Executive Chef opens wellness-focused concept in midst of pandemic. Read More

 

 
 
Fresh Bar
Dining Services Introduces Fresh Bar Concept
CStore Decisions, Monday, May 4, 2020
Available for takeout only during the COVID-19 pandemic, the new concept includes a poke bar, wellness bowls, Buddha bowls, fresh-squeezed juices and kombucha. Read More
 
 
 
Fresh Bar
Dining Services Keeps Things Fresh During Transition to Takeout-Only
Central Today News, Friday, April 24, 2020
There may not be as many people living on campus this spring, but those who are still have to eat. CWU Dining Services is doing everything it can to ensure they’re eating well. Read More

 

 

Poke at Fresh Bar
Fresh Bar and Panini Sandwich Shop to Open at SURC in Spring Quarter
Central Today News, Monday, March 2, 2020
CWU Dining Services will be introducing two new concepts to the CWU community at the start of the spring 2020 quarter: Fresh Bar and Panini. Both eateries will be located in Central Marketplace in the SURC. Read More
 
 
 
Jack NACUFS
CWU Campus Sous Chef to Compete at Pacific Regional Contest
Central today News, Wednesday, February 26, 2020
For the second year in a row, Central Washington University will be represented at the National Association of College & University Food Services (NACUFS) Culinary Challenge. Read More

 

 

Chef Shifts from Fine Dining to Campus Life
FoodService Equipment and Supplies, Monday, February 3, 2020
How does a forest management major with no culinary education become a chef working in some of the top fine-dining restaurants in a major city? Jack Mazzacavallo will tell you it comes from having an open mind, a knack for the trade and a deep desire to learn. Read More

 

 

College dining chef to watch: Jack Mazzacavallo, chef at Central Washington University
Food Management, Friday, January 17, 2020
Jack Mazzacavallo, campus sous chef, Central Washington University, talks about moving from commercial dining to college dining, Thai barbecue, menu development and whether or not it’s necessary to go to culinary school. Read More

 

 

CWU Dining Services welcomes new assistant director
Central Today News, Wednesday, November 13, 2019
CWU Dining Services recently hired Denise Payton as its new assistant director. She joins the CWU community after working for eight years at Oregon State University (OSU). Read More

 

 

New campus sous chef joins CWU Dining Services team
Central Today News, Monday, October 28, 2019
CWU Dining Services has made another valuable addition to its organization. Jack Mazzacavallo joined the culinary team this fall as the campus sous chef, having worked most recently at the prestigious Seattle restaurant, Copine. Read More

 
 
CWU Dining Services expands options to offer more freshness, variety
Central Today News, Monday, October 21, 2019
CWU Dining Services has undergone a series of forward-looking changes over the past year, and the process won’t be slowing down anytime soon. Since coming on board last fall, Director of Dining Services Dean Masuccio has been busy implementing his long-term vision for the department, hiring a campus executive chef (Joe Ritchie) and campus sous chef (Jack Mazzacavallo), establishing new nutrition standards, developing a sustainability focus, and opening a new dining hall. Read More
 
 
 
CWU Catering Chef Wins Bronze Medal at Regional Culinary Challenge
Central Today News, Thursday, April 25, 2019
Central Washington University Catering Chef Darren Macri recently earned a bronze medal at the National Association of College and University Food Services' (NACUFS) 2019 Pacific Regional Culinary Challenge in Spokane, Washington. Read More
 
 
Darren Macri HeadshotCWU Catering Chef Will Compete in Regional Culinary Challenge
Central Today News, Wednesday, March 20, 2019
Darren Macri, Central Washington University's Catering Chef, has been selected to compete in the National Association of College and University Food Services' (NACUFS) 2019 Pacific Regional Culinary Challenge. Read More
 
 
 
 
Joe Ritchie RotaryChef Joe Ritchie Speaks at Yakima Rotary Club
Friday, April 12, 2019
CWU's Campus Executive Chef was invited to speak in front of the Yakima Rotary Club on April 11, 2019. Ritchie discussed issues in today's food industry and ways that Dining Services is working to address some of these problems.
 
 
 
FoodServices DirectorCWU Dining Services Director to Attend FoodService Director Magazine's Annual Food Service Summit
Wednesday, April 10, 2019
Director of CWU Dining Services Dean Masuccio has been invited to attend FoodService Director Magazine's Annual Food Service Summit. The magazine editors have extended a special invitation to 12 dining directors from colleges, universities, and hospitals to attend this exclusive summit this June in Austin, MN. Read More about FoodService Director Magazine
 
 
Chef Joe Ritchie HeadshotCWU Dining Services Welcomes New Campus Executive Chef
Wednesday, January 9, 2019
Central Washington University has hired Joe Ritchie to serve as Campus Executive Chef. Ritchie joins CWU's Dining Services team with impressive culinary credentials, working most recently at the Four Seasons in Seattle, Washington. Read More
 
 
 

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