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Read the latest news and accomplishments from CWU Dining Services:

CStore Decisions
CWU Campus Dining Launches Fresh Food Concept
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.
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



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CWU Dining Services Launches Mobile Ordering for Fall Quarter
Central Today, 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, 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
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Dining Services Keeps Things Fresh During Transition to Takeout-Only
Central Today, 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, 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
CWU Campus Sous Chef to Compete at Pacific Regional Contest
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
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
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 Challenge 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 Culinary 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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