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Read the latest news and accomplishments from CWU Dining Services:


College dining chef to watch: Jack Mazzacavallo, chef at Central Washington University
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
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
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
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
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 Challege in Spokane, Washington. Read More
Darren Macri HeadshotCWU Catering Chef Will Compete in Regional Culinary Challenge
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 Cuilnary Challenge. Read More
Joe Ritchie RotaryChef Joe Ritchie Speaks at Yakima Rotary Club
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
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
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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