An Update From Miami Dining Services

Thank you for your continued support and eating with us at our many dining venues.  We continuously look to improve our dining program directly from feedback we receive from students like you.


Collectively, the dining locations inside Armstrong Student Center currently accommodate 6,000 transactions per day, making these our most popular venues. Compared to other venues of similar size, this is a great service accomplishment. However, we are always looking to better improve the student experience. After reviewing student food ordering patterns, we have streamlined the menus and service styles of two locations. Beginning Monday, November 10, Mein Street and Pulley Diner will see improvements to food preparation efficiency, levels of product, and overall food nutrition.


Mein Street will feature three new vegetable “Power Blends” for the customized stir-fry option. These blends feature more evenly balanced nutrition and were chosen based on flavor profiles and the most popular student choices.


Menu options at Pulley Diner, based on student preferences, will transition according to time of day in order to streamline kitchen processes and improve the overall dining experience.


Again, these changes will begin Monday, November 10. Student Dining Ambassadors, as well as full-time staff, will be at Mein Street and Pulley Diner throughout the week. We encourage students to take advantage of the Ambassador’s knowledge of navigating the updated menus. The Ambassadors have the ability to relay feedback to Senior dining staff, and they are willing to provide information on other campus venues. As always, we welcome feedback on our efforts via our website (, Twitter (@MiamiUDining), and our blog (


Thanks for Eating with Us!


Miami Dining Services

Game winning ball!

Wesley Scott #60 and JT Jones #91, on behalf of Miami Football, presented Martin Dining Hall with their first game winning ball this season from the October 4th game against UMass! (Miami defeated UMASS 42/41.)

The players presented Martin with the winning ball because of the support the dining hall provides for the players throughout the year, including staying open all summer to feed our hardworking athletes. All this time spent together, between players and the staff at Martin, builds strong ties between the players and the community and school, which in turn builds even more Miami pride.

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Pictured are Wesley Scott, Tina Rotundo, Joanne Ayer, Pat King and J.T. Jones

Show your Miami pride by supporting the Redhawks at home in tomorrow’s game!


It starts at 2:30. Don’t be late. 

And remember this is Homecoming weekend! Show our players how much we appreciate them!

Student Clubs at OxVegas!

Tuesday night at Miami Dining’s Homecoming dinner, OxVegas, there was a ton of student engagement and several on-campus organizations had the chance to perform at the event.

IMG_5179Immediately walking into Harris, there was entertainment in the form of a living statue and the Juggling Club.

The Juggling Club (which meets twice a week, Tuesday outside of Phillips and Saturday outside of the Rec, at 6pm) had a great time showing off their skills and talking to people about their organization.

From responses like:

“This is really exciting for us! We’re meeting lots of cool new people.”

-Brent Eastman, Vice President

to short and sweet responses like:

“It’s all cool.”

-Christina Tenison, Secretary

Miami Dining is happy to hear it all! And we’re especially happy to reach out to student organizations and actually work with Miami students.


On the topic of juggling:

“Anyone can juggle, you just have to practice.”

-Logan Babcock, President and Founder

After dinner one day, be sure to check out one of their meetings!


IMG_5305The Miami University Irish Dance Club was another organization that was featured last night.

This performance was a special event for this club because it was their first performance on campus.

Even while I was talking to this club, post-performance, everyone who passed said some version of “so cool” or “great job.”


If this is an organization you’d be interested in joining, email Kelcey Steele at


A huge thank you and great job to all of the other organizations who performed for OxVegas!

Just Duet, Soul2Soul, Treblemakers, Misfitz, and Indian Student Association


OxVegas: Behind the Scenes

For the planning of this event, Miami Dining’s dining and marketing departments worked closely with both students and the Homecoming planning committee to create an exciting event for students.

When the Homecoming planning committee approached us about a possible partnership, we said “We’d love to!”

We reached out to lots of groups—Just Duet, Soul2Soul, Treblemakers, Misfitz, Indian Student Association, Miami University Irish Dance Club, and the Juggling Club—so there would be even more student involvement. In addition to these organizations we worked with, we also solicited advice from our student employees about what they think about some of our ideas and they helped us contact some of the student organizations as well.

We designed a Vegas style menu for the buffet that included crab legs, shrimp, fried ravioli, fruit tarts, and several other delicious options.


This event went very well and we’ve gotten a lot of great feedback, I wouldn’t be surprised if we did it again.


Stay tuned for tomorrow’s post on the student organizations that provided the entertainment!

Overheard at OxVegas (last night in Harris)

“I came here because my friend was here and let me know this was going on.”

-Claire Kennedy


IMG_5333“It seems like there was a lot of effort put into this event. It’s something different. I like it!


Good food too.”

-Annie Mir



Also, variations on ‘I wish they did this every day!;’ ‘The food is amazing;’ ‘I’m overwhelmed!;’ ‘When there are pot stickers out, you know you go HAM on the pot stickers;’ ‘Fried ravioli?! I want more!’




Miami Dining’s response?


We love hearing positive feedback and we’d love to continue this event in the future. If there’s anything you loved about the event or anything you think would be cool for the future, please let us know!



More shots of happy students:

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All the reasons a la carte dining options make sense:

-You eat what you buy (meaning you throw less away and there’s less waste).

-A la carte means that every meal you eat can be customized to fit your specific wants and needs.

-When the buffets are open during non-meal times, more food has to be thrown away because there is less demand for the food, which creates unnecessary waste. The food cannot be donated because food banks and shelters do not accept food that has been exposed to the air.

-More food options can be offered with a la carte. Meaning Miami Dining gets to be creative with their menus.

-Higher end options (like the lobster tail at Bell) can be offered in a la carte locations because food, like lobster tail, at a buffet doesn’t really make sense.

-Food from a la carte locations can be taken to-go and enjoyed anywhere.

Local Pumpkin Milkshakes


Have you heard anything about Miami Dining’s pumpkin milkshakes?

Yeah, I saw a sign for it. I’m so ecstatic to try one. I’m interested in seeing how they will incorporate pumpkin in milkshakes.



Describe the pumpkin taste.

There’s a light pumpkin taste. It definitely doesn’t taste like liquid pumpkin pie. The flavor isn’t overwhelming at all. It’s just enough pumpkin!

 And the milkshake has a good texture.


How do you feel about the use local pumpkin in the milkshake?

Oh, I think that’s really great. I like that a lot of what Miami dining uses is pretty local.

 It makes the seasonal milkshake idea even cooler. The ingredients aren’t store-bought, they’re from down the road.


Did you know that the ice cream is local?

No, but I’m happy to hear that!

Yep, the ice cream is from Young’s Dairy in Yellow Springs, OH.

Oh! That’s really cool!


What flavors do you detect?

 Pumpkin, obviously, but there’s a bit of a French Vanilla taste too.


Are you enjoying your local pumpkin milkshake?

Yes, I’d definitely go back for more this pumpkin season! The salty/sweet combo of the milkshake and Pully’s fries is amazing.



Local Pumpkin Milkshakes are now served at Encounters and Pulley Diner. The ultimate combo is this milkshake and a plate of fries. Take our word for it.

The Tradition of Tuffy’s Rolls

The Tuffy’s Roll still exists!


Tuffy's Roll


So that these Miami traditions can be offered 24/7, they are now being made at Pulley Dinner (in Armstrong). In other words, get your Miami spirit on in the heart of the campus.



For new students (and upperclassmen with bucket lists), don’t forget to grab a famous Tuffy’s roll before graduation. Or when you’re stressed during finals week. Or just because they’re so delicious.



Local Pumpkin Smoothies

Craving something sweet and autumny?


Much like the pumpkin milkshakes, the pumpkin smoothies also feature local pumpkins and will be served until the end of November at King Café, La Mia, Haines, Bell Tower, Tuffy’s, and Miami Ice.


Just the other day I saw some friends of mine enjoying the smoothies:

“It clearly has pumpkin spices, but they’re not overwhelming. The beauty of the pumpkin still comes through.”

Pumpkin Smoothie Nic      Pumpkin Smoothie


If you want to make these at home, the recipe is really simple:


Pureed pumpkin

Yogurt base *


And, of course, pumpkin spices


Then blend to perfection.



*For an extra healthy treat, try using Greek yogurt. You can even try flavored Greek yogurt, like caramel, cinnamon, or even honey!

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