NU Dining has added Boost mobile ordering at nine retail dining location across campus, allowing students to place orders through the Boost app and get pick-up at a time specified during the order process.
Also, the Curry Student Center c-store has been redesigned as the Market with a branding refresh and new operational, digital and physical in-store elements such as kombucha on tap, a student-driven recommendation that provided an opportunity to partner with Massachusetts-based vendor Katalyst Kombucha.
Across campus in Stetson West, the traditional stations have been revamped as part of the dining hall’s evolution to the Food Hall at Stetson West. Special pop-up events on select Fridays in the Food Hall have featured complete station takeovers that brought new and unique menu offerings to the venue, such as pho, New York deli, barbecue and crêpes.
The best pop-up concepts were also incorporated into this year’s Educate Your Palate signature event, an annual end-of-year celebration that brings together culinary teams from across campus to expand the palates and foodie knowledge of students via a unique culinary theme. This year’s event, dubbed Top of the POPs, featured the best Food Hall pop-up menus themed to both current and classic pop music.
Big changes also happened in the residential dining locations with several new interactive components added to the dining experience. The Rockbot app allows guests to choose and engage with the music being played at International Village, Levine Marketplace and the Food Hall at Stetson West, while Student Choice polls used the students’ votes to help pick the menu on Thursdays in International Village.
A hydroponic garden was also added in International Village with hyper-local herbs and greens grown for use right in NU Dining’s kitchens. Harvests of the garden yielded a variety of items, including greens for a special salad as well as basil leaves immediately added to margherita pizzas.
Stetson West is also home to the Xhibition Kitchen, which just completed its 14th year of hosting interactive culinary events and chef demonstrations. After last year’s successful introduction, Teaching Kitchen classes also returned with new topics. The hands-on class is designed to help students explore food, culinary and nutrition literacy.
NU Dining also partnered with the Northeastern Student Government Association and Student Affairs on a combined initiative to help alleviate food insecurity within the student population. Swipe2care provides a platform for students to seamlessly donate their meal swipes to other students who may be having difficulty in finding their next meal.
NU is also a member of the Menus of Change (MOC) University Research Collaborative and NU Dining continues to amplify MOC principles by integrating them into menus, events and educational experiences across campus.
Finally, the Starbucks Bike has been driving around campus serving up nitro cold brew coffee fresh from taps installed right into the bike. The mobile coffee shop, built by the company of an NU alumnus, stops at residence halls and quads throughout the semester and is also available to rent for events on campus.