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Faculty/Staff Fall 2017 Update

From getting a fresh cup of coffee to grabbing a Traders’ Greens salad, here is your quick guide to new and revamped locations for Fall 2017.

Café Lux – East Wing of Armstrong Student Center – Opening 8/21

A European-inspired dining location that serves deluxe coffee, pastries and unique sandwiches. The coffee served is from Crimson Cup Coffee and Tea Roasters in Columbus, Ohio. Crimson Cup was recently just ranked within the Top 25 Roasters in America. Dining is excited to partner with this local, award-winning company to serve the campus. Try this new location for a quick meal and caffeine pick-me-up.

Red Zone – East Wing of Armstrong Student Center – Opening 8/24

Enter by way of repurposed flooring from the Withrow basketball courts and immerse yourself in Miami sports history while enjoying classic arena foods. Red Zone is rich with history and pays homage to the beloved sports culture here at Miami. This casual dining eatery has pool tables, foosball, TVs, and a laid back environment to break up your typical eating routine. Try one of the many hot dog combinations or the delicious Smokehouse Mac & Cheese sandwich and you’ll fall in love with Red Zone.

The Toasted Bagel – Armstrong Student Center – Opening 8/21

The Toasted Bagel (formally Traditions) will serve— you guessed it— bagels! The menu features bagel sandwiches, plain bagels, breakfast bagels, and the ever-popular Traders’ Greens salad bar. Their signature dessert, The Toasted Bagel, is your choice of bagel toasted with butter, cinnamon and sugar then sprinkled with powdered sugar – Tuffy’s Toasted Roll style!

Maple Grill – Maplestreet Station – Opening 8/28

Maple Grill, formerly Encounter, boasts an expanded menu including quesadillas and quinoa bowls, formerly from Americas.

Maplestreet Commons – Maplestreet Station – Opening 8/28

An all-new buffet-style location with a variety of delicious options to try. Stop by and visit this new addition to campus!

Western Express – Western Dining Commons – Opening 8/28

Formerly Tea Hive, this is a quick and convenient stop for a snack on the western side of campus. With a selection of sushi, egg sandwiches, muffins, hot or cold drinks, Western Express will surely have the variety so you can quickly get what you’re looking for.

Good News!

    • Traders’ Greens salad bar is now available at The Q (opening 8/28) and Bell Tower Market (opening 8/24)
    • Starbucks at Maplestreet Station is fully operational for Fall (beginning 8/21) after being closed due to construction
    • Several a la carte locations and all buffet-style, commons locations will display nutritional and allergen information for each item directly on their menus. We’ll continue to add this feature to other locations as the semester progresses
    • Don’t forget about the Faculty/Staff discount at all buffet-style, commons locations. We’ll see you at lunch for $8!

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Top 10 Dining Changes for Fall 2017

Summer is almost over and the school year is quickly approaching! A lot has been going on this summer with some new changes to the dining facilities here on campus. Here are the top 10 changes for dining this fall.

1. Nut Friendly

We removed all nuts from our facilities and no longer use nuts in production of food. Pre-packaged nut items will still be sold in the market locations.

2. Rebrand Buffets as “Commons”

To help you better navigate dining styles on-campus, all buffets have been rebranded as “Commons.” The locations are: Bell Tower Commons, Western Commons, Garden Commons, Martin Commons, and Maplestreet Commons.

3. Vegan Made-to-Order Meals

Your Miami Chefs have developed several vegan options that are cryovaced (vacuumed-sealed) and frozen in individual portions. You can choose from four options including spicy roasted cauliflower, artichoke and potato casserole, three sisters vegetable stew, and a quinoa bowl with mixed vegetables. To enjoy one of these vegan meals, visit the Comfort Thyme station at Garden Commons.

4. Nutritional Update

New to our team is Ashley Blust, a full-time registered dietician. She is part of several projects to that will make nutrition more accessible. This includes showing allergens, diet preference identifiers, and nutritional information on menus at both a la carte and commons locations.

5. Maplestreet

Maplestreet Commons, an all-new buffet location, will feature pizza, a deli, paninis, custom stir fry, pasta, burgers and allergen-friendly options. Encounter will be relaunched as Maple Grill with an expanded menu including quesadillas and quinoa bowls, formerly from Americas. The Q will be introducing dessert items that can be served traditional or smoked. Looking for something on the lighter side? The Q now offers a made-to-order salad station.

6. Western Express

Western Express, formerly Tea Hive, will be your go-to spot for grab-n-go sandwiches, salads, and sushi. Start your day off right with breakfast sandwiches and fresh pastries.

7. Bell Tower Market With a Fresh Look

Look forward to more options at Bell Tower Market. Stir fry to-go and a full Traders’ Greens salad bar will provide more convenient and nutritious items for a quick meal. Bell Tower Market will continue to offer hot breakfast sandwiches, pizza, customized deli sandwiches, coffee, and smoothies!

8. Armstrong

Three new locations will debut this fall at Armstrong Student Center. Cafe Lux—Envision the perfect cup of coffee in a European-inspired venue. Accompany your drink with a rotating selection of pastries, soups and sandwiches. The Toasted Bagel (formerly Traditions) offering a variety of breakfast sandwiches. Red Zone—Enter by way of repurposed flooring from the Withrow basketball courts and immerse yourself in Miami sports history while dining on arena favorites. Have-to-try items: Avocado & Turkey Club, Schnecken (Cafe Lux); (The Toasted Bagel); Grilled Mac & Cheese Sandwiches (Red Zone). Miami Ice will be your go-to place for gelato, ice cream, shakes, smoothies!

9. New Coffee Blends

Established in Columbus, Ohio in 1991, Crimson Cup Coffee and Tea Roasters was recently ranked as one of the Top 25 Best Coffee Roasters in America and is served at Café Lux in the Armstrong Student Center. Miami is proud to be partnering with a passionate company who’s mission is founded on the ideas of L.Y.F.E. (Leave you Feeling Energized) and L.O.V.E. (Leave Others Very Energized) — two mottos we can get behind.

A student taste test helped select a custom blend from Rooted Grounds Coffee Co. (owned and operated by Miami alumni). Now you can enjoy a cup of Miami Grind at Garden Commons, Red Zone, Miami Concessions locations (excluding Goggin), and through Miami Catering.

10. Enhanced Website

The Places to Eat section has been revamped to give more information about each location. This includes a staff listing with contact information, daily menus for commons locations, and a la carte menus in both English and Chinese. In each dining operation, you will find a QR code and link to connect you directly to these menu pages on our website.


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QR Codes for Campus Dining

QR codes are placed at campus dining locations for those who might want to check the menu before going in and using a swipe. These codes can be useful if you’re allergic to something or just not in the mood for a certain menu item that’s being served.

How can you use QR codes?

According to the most recent reports from Apple, a QR code scanner will be integrated into the iPhone camera with the new iOS 11 update this Fall. Until then, downloading a free QR code reader in the App Store or Google Play store will have to do. Once you have download the app, you can scan any QR code you see at dining locations on campus and it will immediately direct you to that location’s menu online (which is updated daily with the newest menu).

The QR codes provide an alternative and efficient way to get the menu in your hand before entering a location. Download a QR code reader app today and get scanning!


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Take a Trip Down Memory Lane

As the semester winds down, make sure to really take it all in before you leave campus. Don’t know where to start? Don’t worry. We’ve created a list of the top places you must visit on your stroll down memory lane.

Take pictures at each stop, tag us, and use the hashtag #MUEats to be entered to win a Fuji Film Instax camera! (Must be following @MiamiUDining on Twitter to win. Winner will be chosen Tuesday, 5/9 at noon.)

  1. Your Old Favorite Dining Hall
    Take a trip to your old favorite dining hall and get all you care to eat like it’s first semester freshman year again.
  2. Dividends Salad
    Everyone loves the Miami University exclusive sweet herb dressing. Throw it on some of Trader Green’s fresh greens and salad fixings and snap a pic!
  3. Wing Wednesday
    Whether you’re getting your wings fix at Wing Bar, Garden Market, Dividends, Martin or Harris, there’s something special about celebrating Wing Wednesday! Celebrate by getting wings in your favorite sauce with a side of celery or carrots.
  4. Miami Ice Gelato
    Handmade ice cream on meal plan … what could be better? Get your favorite flavor and mix-ins. If you don’t have a favorite, try the Miami exclusive Red Brick Bliss ice cream from Young’s Dairy!
  5. The Q
    It’s only been here for this school year, but The Q has quickly become a fan favorite. Get your favorite barbecue dishes and sides. Don’t forget about the loaded nachos or barbecue flatbread pizza!
  6. La Mia Cucina
    La Mia is Miami’s very exclusive sit down restaurant. Get a chicken parm or a fresh panini and sit with your friends in this classic joint located right in Harris Dining Commons.
  7. Late Night Pulley
    Late night and Pulley Diner. Name a more iconic duo … I’ll wait. Got a hankering for mozz sticks at 2:30 AM? Get them from Pulley; open 24/7 and all on meal plan!
  8. Weekend Brunch
    Throw it back to freshman year Sundays recapping the weekend’s events with your friends in the closest dining hall over a delicious brunch spread. Bring your pals and reminisce on all the classic tales of your time here at Miami.
  9. Garlic Bites
    Make sure you bring some gum because once you start eating the garlic bites offered at various locations around campus (Garden Commons is a good start), you won’t be able to stop. These addictive bites of warm, garlicky goodness are sure to satisfy.
  10. Favorite Late Night Study Snack
    Up late studying? Grab your favorite late night study snack from King Cafe and relive the countless study dates you’ve had over the years!
  11. Favorite Ice Cream from the Market
    Whether it’s Ben and Jerry’s, Madisono’s Gelato, Halo Top or another one of your favorite brands, get your favorite pint from Market Street at MacCracken or Emporium and enjoy with friends to cool down on a hot, end-of-semester day.
  12. Scoreboard Market
    Scoreboard Market was a student favorite even before it underwent renovation with Martin Dining Hall last year. It has quickly become a student favorite again, offering all your favorite to-go food making it a great trip down memory lane, especially for those who are graduating. Mini corn dogs? Spicy chicken sandwich? Whatever you fancy, snap a pic and send it our way while you sit back and enjoy Scoreboard’s great variety of a la carte delicacies.

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