Welcoming its largest ever freshman class, Texas Woman’s University (TWU) and dining services provider Chartwells Higher Education introduced a brand-new resident-focused dining hall, Pioneer Kitchen, last month. The venue features eight interactive food platforms (a ninth is scheduled to be added soon), including a gluten/allergen-free station, a full in-house bakery, a Mongolian grill, a create-your-own pasta station, a soft serve ice cream machine, a teaching kitchen and a meal kit pickup program for apartment dwellers through Chartwells’ FED app.
“Health and well-being are the pillars around which we built it,” says Diane Jackson, senior director of dining services. “From being a retail campus, we have now [transitioned] to a board campus.”
She notes that the meal plan program currently has 81% participation among students, with a total of more than 2,000 on meal plans, which is about 300 more than last year.
Pioneer Kitchen replaces an older, smaller residential dining venue called the Underground, which now will serve as a catering outlet.