Miami University Dining Services serves over 20,000 students, staff and faculty everyday, between the Oxford and regional campuses. At the center of that is the Demske Culinary Support Center (DCSC), which has been the Miami University food service headquarters since 2001. Located on Wells Mill Drive (behind T.J. Maxx), DCSC serves as a warehouse, production center and distribution hub for all of Miami’s food operations. While most universities partner with external companies to supply their food, Miami University Dining doesn’t need to rely on a corporate company because of the Culinary Support Center.
Okay, so why should you care?
First of all, the Culinary Support Center ensures students and staff higher quality food and lower prices. Products can be ordered in bulk, stored and DCSC can produce food on-site. Additionally, Miami University Dining is able to source from a number of vendors because of the on-site production facilities, and it is easier to focus on local food products, which makes up 26% of the food Miami University distributes.
Secondly, it is fascinating.
I am a Miami University alumnus who, honestly, never knew anything about this side of the University. Heck, I never knew there was anything behind T.J. Maxx, much less a large warehouse, temperature controlled freezers, multiple production facilities and a bakery. All the food that students, staff and faculty eat comes from DCSC in some capacity and, yet, nobody seems to know much about it.
Now, if you want to know more, you can. The Culinary Support Center runs tours through the facilities, offering guests a first-hand look at how food arrives in Oxford and then to your plate. If you are in need of a topic for a school project, or just want to know more about our food services, you can tour the facility and get any questions you have answered while you’re at it.
The Culinary Support Center offers visitors a glimpse into the level of quality and efficiency that goes into the food you eat. You can see firsthand how items come into the shipping and receiving docks and then are dispersed throughout the facility. From there, each area has specialized equipment and dedicated staff who process, organize, and prepare an incredible amount of food that is then distributed and served all over the Oxford campus.
People today want to know where their food comes from. They want to know the farm or the orchard where their food was grown and people want to have a relationship with their food providers. We want to give students the opportunity to build that relationship with us. We want to give students a behind the scenes look at how we operate and provide our services.
If you are interested in taking a tour of the Demske Culinary Support Center (DCSC), give us a call at 513-529-3040 to speak with one of our friendly staff members or reach out to the @MiamiUDining twitter account and we will gladly work out a time to conduct a tour of the facility.
Hope to see you soon!