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Ryan Dahlstrom headshotPayton Joins NACUFS Learning Committee as Pacific Region Chair

CWU Dining Services, Wednesday, February 23, 2022

Denise Payton, Assistant Director of CWU Dining Services, has joined the Learning Committee of NACUFS, serving as Pacific Region Chair. This important position helps set learning and training standards for the organization, which can be applied across dining programs on a national scale.

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Chefs cooking during Dining eventTapping Into the Strengths of your Team

FoodService Director, Thursday, June 24, 2021

On this episode of “Dig In,” Director of Dining Services Dean Masuccio shares how his staff has fostered cross-campus relationships and closed training gaps.

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Chefs cooking during Dining eventCWU Dining Services Named FoodService Director's June Operator of the Month

FoodService Director, Tuesday, June 8, 2021

At Central Washington University, which was named FSD's June Foodservice Operation of the Month, the dining team has stepped up by building campus connections, boosting staff engagement and overhauling training.

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Students at social media table during Dining eventCWU Dining Services Tells Their Story through Student Engagement

Campus Dining Today, Monday, May 10, 2021

Over the last year, Dining Services at CWU continued to enhance the student experience on campus.

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Poster of Best Sandwich from Food Management MagazineCWU Dining Services Joins Menus of Change University Research Collaborative

Central Today News, Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Central Washington University Dining Services joined the Menus of Change University Research Collaborative (MCURC) program this spring after being evaluated on its preparedness and willingness to contribute to collaborative research between all of the member institutions nationwide.

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Poster of Best Sandwich from Food Management MagazineBest 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.

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Poster of Innovator of the MonthInnovator 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.

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Poster for Hispanic Heritage Month live cooking eventCWU 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.

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Graphic for Prodigy AwardCWU 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.

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Photo from live cooking demo with student and chefCWU 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Jack Mazzacavallo photoCWU 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.

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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.

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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.

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Dining worker making fresh juice at Fresh BarDining 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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