With its vaulted ceilings and Gothic arches, the century-old Suwannee Room on the campus of Florida State University (FSU) is one of those historic college dining halls that evokes scenes of young men in coats and ties and young women in dresses sitting down to linen-and-silverware meals. Those venerable design touches remain but most everything else—especially the food—have changed drastically, thanks to a six-month renovation that brought Suwannee Room into alignment with 21st century college dining trends.
Gone are food stations that clogged the center of the space, replaced with eight modern service platforms courtesy of dining services provider Sodexo that menu appealing, nutritious dishes made as much as possible with locally grown ingredients, mostly in front of customers in open-kitchen layouts.
The stations range from entrée, pizza/pasta, grill and deli concepts to a soup/salad bar, a bakery where customers can see the bakers at work, an enclosed pantry called My Zone that serves students with diet restrictions and food allergies and Chef’s Table, where staff culinarians turn out sample-size dishes of high-end creations with beautiful plate presentation.
Here’s a photo tour of the new/old Suwannee Room and its offerings.