Healthy Miami Dinner Recap

Thank you to everyone who made the Healthy Miami Dinner at Western Dining Commons a success! This dinner showcased healthier items from around campus, all in one place. The Crawford’s were in attendance among a great crowd of students. We are glad you all enjoyed the vegan, vegetarian, gluten free and other nutritious foods!

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Count on Dividends

Even if you haven’t been in the Farmer School of Business, surely you’ve heard of the iconic Dividends. And inside that iconic Dividends, everyone knows of the salad bar on the left-hand side. You might as well run over there now because that is home of a Traders’ Greens salad bar station.

Traders’ Greens offers a wide variety of options to place in a to-go salad bowl, which is a staple for Miami’s on-campus dining options. From tangy-flavored creations to loaded bowls of meat with a little amount of salad, you have countless possibilities and combinations. Just to start out, this salad bar has over 50 toppings to choose from! Just think about it. You could go there every day for months on end and get an entirely different salad combination. Talk about decisions.

Do you want fruit in your salad? Done. Do you want chicken, bacon, and ranch in your salad? Done. Do you want to feel like you can make it however you want it? Done. You can mix and match the type of lettuce you prefer, add toppings on toppings, then drizzle or douse your salad in whichever dressing you fancy. You might indulge in some salad bowls, or you might want to be a healthy salad eater for a day. Either way, it has you covered.

Now we know there are days where you are rushing to get to a meeting or class and you have NO time to stop and make your own salad. At every market and numerous dining locations there are convenient pre-made salads you can grab to-go with salad dressing choices galore on the side! Try not to get overwhelmed by the options available. Just grab it, swipe it, and you’re out of there.

Notice throughout this entire article the idea of variety and the endless possibilities are reassured. That is because Miami strives for excellence and perfection when it comes to the variety of options and choices in dining. We hope by the end of this article you are in line for a sensational salad bowl at Traders’ Greens or zooming through a market for a pre-made salad!


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Healthy Miami Dinner Menu

Join us for the Healthy Miami Dinner on November 8th, 5 to 8pm at Western Commons! This dinner will showcase some of the healthier options that are served all across campus regularly.

We want students, faculty and staff to be aware of the low-calorie, vegan, vegetarian, and nutritious food items that are available daily! Mark your calendars and we will see you there for the Healthy Miami Dinner at Western Commons.Healthy Miami Dinner


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Halloween Dinner Recap

Our 4-night Halloween Dinner celebration was a success! We hope everyone had a great time being surrounded by the decorations and eating delicious pumpkin desserts. Thank you to all the staff in Martin, Garden, Maplestreet, and Western Commons for doing such a great job!

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Favorite Halloween Candy

Happy Halloween! Costumes will wander the streets tonight, spooky haunted houses all around, and most importantly, CANDY! People fixate on an important question around this time of year – a question with a not-so-easy answer. “Which Halloween candy is your favorite?” From the throwback Flavored Tootsie Rolls and Twizzlers to the all-time classics such as Snickers, Skittles, Candy Corn, M&M’s, Starburst, Milky Ways, the list could go on and on – but the debate never ends.

We decided to ask a couple hundred students what their favorite candy is to see who the real winners are! The results are in…. *drum roll*

The winner is KIT KATS!

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Out of all the students we surveyed, over 56% loved some crunchy Kit Kats!

Right behind the delicious Kit Kat is the famous Reese’s Peanut Butter cup with about 53% who said they love it.

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And finally in third place is the caramel filling, crunchy heaven. Twix! This candy bar was loved by 43% of the students surveyed.

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And finally, our favored members below the top three (in order of most to least votes):

M&M’s, Skittles, Starbursts, Snickers, Milky Way, Butterfingers, Nerds, Nestle Crunch, Candy Corn, Smarties, Twizzlers, Almond Joy, Tootsie Rolls, Jolly Ranchers, Jr. Mints, and Whoppers.

Now you know what to grab before it’s gone on the shelves! Happy Halloween!


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Trick or Treats

One of the reasons why Halloween is such an enjoyable holiday is because it gives us some opportunities to get creative. Whether it’s turning your place into a haunted house, designing the perfect costume, or creating creepy and terrifying treats for your guests, Halloween gets our brain-goo flowing. Here are a few impressive Halloween food ideas for revolting, yet delicious, treats and meals you can serve to guests or just make it to scare yourself.

What’s cool about these foods is that they are all delicious AND they look absolutely disgusting/terrifying. Whether it’s a murdered meatloaf, some crunchy slithery snakes, or oozing skeletons, these recipes are sure to wreak delicious havoc.

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Freaky Hot Dog Fingers

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Pizza Skulls

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Bloody Good Cheesecake

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Slimy Jell-O-Snacks

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10 Food-themed Halloween Costumes

Halloween is right around the corner and we know you’re scrounging for some costume ideas. It can be tough enough with all the options out there online. Should it be clever? Should it be funny? It can be tough. Well, we have a better idea. Why not have something funny, clever, AND food related? We all love food and you are what you eat, right? Here are 10 food related costumes with ideas for either yourself or with someone who loves food as much as you.

1.Chipotle Bowl

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Chipotle is a staple uptown so show your Chipotle pride.

2. Cap’n Crunch

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His full name is Horatio Magellan Crunch. Or Cap’n Crunch for short.

3. Milk and Cereal

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Speaking of cereal, why not dress as actual milk and cereal with someone? Couple goals.

4. Taco Belle

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Taco… and Belle… Taco Belle. Get it?

5. Bacon

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Life goals: literally become bacon.

6. Starbucks

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What brings a group of friends together better than coffee? Obviously the shortest person get the espresso bean.

7. Deviled Egg

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Make a giant cardboard egg, throw on some devil horns, and you’ve got yourself the punniest costume in the room.

8. Corn on the Cob

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You could have the corniest costume in the room.

9. Chopped Salad

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Maybe you don’t eat salad, but you can pretend to be one.

10. Double Stuffed Oreos

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King Cafe – The Prime Study Spot

Tests, exams, and quizzes (that are actually tests). It’s easy to be overwhelmed by school work, which is why it’s important to have a study spot to beat the procrastination. Well there is a place you can essentially live at, food and all, during the unfortunate time of tests and late night studying?

The one and only King Cafe!

You might as well pitch a tent there because not only is it a floor below the library, but they have choices galore to satisfy your need for food, drinks, and snacks while studying. King Cafe has been around for quite some time and, boy, their options for food and drinks are amazing.

They are ready to serve you if you’re starving and want a big meal or just need a quick pick-me-up to keep your brain chugging along. King Cafe offers delicious make-your-own sandwiches and wraps, a variety of bagels, fresh salads, and even a pastry section if you’re feeling fancy. To-go snacks are a must have but don’t worry, King Cafe has got you covered with a variety of options.

As far as drinks go, they will keep your momentum going with refreshing smoothies, a number of Starbucks coffee drinks hot or iced, a whole fridge filled with bottled drinks and water, and did we mention coffee? We feel the caffeine kicking in already.

When you need a place to study that’s not your bedroom, with food and drinks along the way, go to King Cafe! Find a table and settle in to make your roller coaster of emotions a little less… hectic.


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Student Spotlight: Project SEARCH

On September 26th, we received a direct message on Instagram from a student expressing how a student employee, Zane, was a phenomenal worker and always put a smile on everyone’s face at Western Dining Commons. As you know, social media is a powerful tool and is a way for our student body to communicate feedback about dining and other areas on campus. This message from a student sparked the interest of us here at Miami Dining and after contacting the manager at Western, Amy Allen, we were told that Zane is one of the few interns with the Project SEARCH program on campus.

Project SEARCH is a 9 month program that helps students with developmental disabilties secure a job within the workforce. Through that time period, the interns interact with a skills trainer, review their position, and rotate to other positions on campus every 3 months – giving them a range of locations, styles, and atmospheres to strengthen their skills. Project SEARCH has been working with dining and other facilities on campus since the 2010 – 2011 school year.

Project SEARCH was developed at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center in 1996 when Erin Riehle was Director of the Emergency Department. Erin saw a need and believed since the hospital served individuals with developmental disabilities, it made sense to be reaching out and hiring people within this group. She began to think of the logistical steps to hiring and if it would be possible to train people with developmental disabilities to fill some of the entry level positions in her department, which involved things such as stocking supply cabinets and other tasks. As a starting point, Erin presented her ideas to Susie Rutkowski, then the special education director at Great Oaks Career Campuses. Erin and Susie formed a partnership and together they launched Project SEARCH.

Since the beginning, Project SEARCH has grown from a single site at Cincinnati Children’s to sites across the United States and Canada, England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales, and the Netherlands.

After visiting with the interns with Project SEARCH at Miami, their passion for their work was evident. They were eager to share their personal work experience, stories, goals, and dreams for their time in the program and after.

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Through his time working at Western Dining Commons, Cameron Jacquillard credits his experience working at the International Station at Western for furthering his interest in the culinary arts. He describes his time as something that has inspired him to one day start his own restaurant and apply for the television show, Hell’s Kitchen.

Cameron, among the others within the Project SEARCH, said they enjoy getting to interact with everyone and are gaining essential people skills. Developing upon those skills is crucial to them as people but also as employees in the future.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor Office of Disability Employment’s August 2017 statistics, only 20.5% of people with disabilities participate in the labor force compared to 68.8% of people without disabilities.  In addition, the unemployment rate of people with disabilities is more than doubled of that of people without disabilities, 9.4% and 4.4% respectively.  This is an improvement from August 2016 which had and unemployment rate of 11.3%.

For 2015 and 2016 Project SEARCH National/International graduates, the average employment was 75.5%. In 2015 – 2016, average employment of Butler Tech Project SEARCH was 90%, and for the 2016 – 17 graduates the current employment rate is 93%.

93% is a number that Project SEARCH coordinator and instructor, Rosi Wood, is proud of.  She says, “With this program, we instruct them to be better employees and better people. I challenge them and push them to be the best they can be with the 9 months that I have them so when they leave, they are ready for the workforce.” With a number like 93% of post-Project SEARCH employment rate, that is proof that the formula is working and we are proud that Miami Dining can help in that process.

Miami University Dining is committed to the employment of students all across campus. Student employees make a difference in the way our dining operations are ran and are vital to the culture. We are grateful for their hard work and contribution to all of our dining facilities, especially those involved with Project SEARCH.


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Your Favorite Fall Drink

The leaves are turning colors on the maple trees, some falling slowly to the ground. The cool, brisk air flowing through campus. Jackets, pants, boots, and hats are coming out of hiding since early spring. Fall is upon us. With that being said, we need some things to fuel our passion for fall.

Some go to farms to pick out pumpkins, some go to haunted houses, but everyone loves to grab their favorite fall beverage that smells inviting and tastes delightful.

We decided to go to the delicious Maple Street Commons to poll votes asking everyone’s ideal fall drink. Who knew this question would be so hard to decide? Students found it difficult to pick from our options; PSL (Pumpkin Spice Latte), Chai Tea, Hot Chocolate, Maple Pecan Latte, Hot Tea, and Salted Caramel. We provided an option to write their favorite drink if it was not one of our options and let me tell you, there were some surprising results.

Who thought the most “famous” drink, the PSL, would be the top? We certainly did! But no, we had three others in the lead ahead of the PSL. Here’s the list all of you have been waiting for:

1st place: Hot Chocolate (23.9%)

2nd place: Chai Tea (22.4%)

3rd place: Salted Caramel (19.4%)

Honorary Members: PSL (17.9%)

                Maple Pecan (4.5%)

                Tea (3%)

                Other drinks (8.9%)

This was a close race all around, but it looks like hot chocolate is our big winner! Hot chocolate is a heart warming drink not just for fall, but for winter too! What’s even better is that we have all of these options throughout our campus. From King Cafe, to the Starbucks on Maplestreet, we can satisfy all of your beloved fall drinks that will prepare your heart for the wonderful season ahead.


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