Where Your Food Comes from Part II

The Demske Culinary Support Center (DCSC), previously the building that housed Kroger, today is where all food for the Oxford campus of Miami is prepared.


Why is it so cool to have our own culinary support center?

Not every school has one and because we do, we have control over our menus and can even hire students to do jobs that other schools hire out to contractors.


$1.5 million of the campus’s food budget is spent on fresh produce. Over 1 Million pounds of fresh produce are chopped/sliced/diced/shredded on an annual basis. The Demske Culinary Support Center, houses, washes, processes, and ships food to the campus six days a week, Monday-Saturday.


That’s 300,000 heads of lettuce; 70,000 cantaloupes; 35,000 honeydew; 50,000 broccoli crowns; 24,000 heads of cauliflower; 400,000 pounds of peppers; 50,000 baking potatoes; 80,000 oranges; 125,000 apples; 275,000 bananas; 30,000 pears; and 200, 000 grapefruit.


All of the fruits and vegetables that are shipped as is from the center are washed and shipped in reusable shipping totes! So green!


That’s some food for thought.

Supportive & Sustainable

There is a huge advantage to a university that has an in-house processing and planning facility for campus dining (The Demske Culinary Support Center). Decisions can be made faster and easier, sustainability can be more easily achieved, and overproduction can be better controlled.


Because a quarter of food supplies are purchased locally, less resources are used to transport the food, and the surrounding community benefits from this practice also.


Another practice utilized at the culinary support center is batch cooking. Batch cooking is a method in which the customer demand dictates the amount of product being produced at any given time. Also, the ordering time for next day processed produce, deli meats, sliced cheeses, and packaged salads and sandwiches has been reduced to less than a 12 hour window for next day delivery. This allows the unit managers to very accurately order the exact amount of product needed for that day’s service, thus reducing overproduction and waste.


When possible, the department donates products to two local food banks that help to feed those in need.


In 2012, we, at the Demske Culinary Support Center, exchanged our trash compactors for organic matter compactors. Today we divert over 400,000 pounds of scrap from landfill to compost facility.


Housing, Dining, Recreation & Business Services is audited by the sustainability office on waste control to ensure that all available options are being explored on waste prevention.


You can do your part too! Don’t forget to recycle today!!



Yay, sustainability!


Also, tours are easily available and encouraged. Call 513-529-3040 to schedule.

Fun Facts

-The napkins used in dining operations are 100% post-consumer recycled product.

-The packaging choices for to-go and centrally packaged products now include lines of bamboo, sugar cane, corn starch, or recycled paper products.

-Most dining units use the compactor trash units to press waste into the smallest space possible.

-All plastic and metal is recycled through the Miami sorting facility.

-Products delivered from Demske Culinary Support Center to units are sent in reusable plastic totes or carriers that generate no waste.

Take Home Snacks!

MacCracken is the most iconic image of the campus. It’s centrally located, situated near an open grassy area (where students hang out when the weather permits), and can be easily pinpointed because of it’s proximity to the equally as famous sun dial.


Because of its central location, Market Street is this week’s place to be. Go to the Rec, go for a walk or jog, hike through Miami’s trails and end your journey at the market for a Naked smoothie or an ice-cold bottle of water.


MacCracken is a great snack place for those who have just left the Rec and are looking for a pick-me-up, or for those who are enjoying a leisurely afternoon in the quad because Market Street is a small grocery store where you can find fresh produce and bakery items, along with frozen and dry foods. Market Street even sells flowers!


Don’t forget to stock up on snacks for when you’re hungry and don’t feel like leaving your room!


Market Street is open from 8:30am-11pm Monday-Friday and 10:30am-11pm on the weekends.

Three Words: La Mia Cucina

If you love Italian food, you’ll love La Mia. In this sit-down style restaurant (carry-out is also an option), you have your choice of fresh salad, homemade soup, hearth baked pizzas, made-to-order paninis, subs, wraps, pastas, desserts, and fruit smoothies. Pretty much anything you could ever need to satisfy your hunger.


New this year!


La Mia is offering 10 Minute Lunches. These are half portions of La Mia favorites such as fettuccine alfredo, meatball sub, chicken Caesar salad, and spaghetti and meatballs. Great on-the-go or for a sit down meal.


ALSO, the family-style lunch, served from 11am-4:30pm is a new dining option. For $28, you get entrée, salad, breadsticks, and drinks for 4! Be sure to check this out with your friends for longer breaks between classes or an early dinner.


This is a great place for students looking to treat themselves with the ambiance of an open kitchen environment.


La Mia is in the same building as Harris over in South Quad. Both meal plans and credit cards/cash are accepted here and it’s a great place to take a visiting parent.


Open: Monday-Thursday 11am-9pm; Friday 11am-2pm; closed Saturday; Sunday 4:30pm-9pm

RA Andrea loves Super Brunch


Peabody RA, Andrea, gets interviewed about her super experience at Super Brunch.


Is there one quote you’d want someone to take away from your experience?

“Super Brunch, I’m intrigued.”




Have you heard anything about this event? If so, what?

 Yeah! I heard about it last week. My friend sent me a snapchat “BUFFET!”

So because of that I was excited.


What are you most looking forward to this morning?

I’m excited to see how much they have to offer. I think I might be most excited for french toast, that’s my favorite.

I’m looking forward to free refills on drinks too!


Walk from Peabody to Western Dining Commons. While you’re walking please count the amount of wingspans it takes you to get from one place to the other? It might help to pivot your feet to do this.

About 50 of wingspans.

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Describe the first thing you smell when you walk into Super Brunch?

The eggs and potatoes. Smelled familiar and inviting.

Were you able to find a variety of breakfast options? or Were you able to easily navigate through your choices at each station?

Yeah. There were so many options, I didn’t get a chance to try them all. Next week I can eat something that I didn’t try today.


How is this brunch compared to 1809 (assuming you’ve had the 1809 brunch)?

Lavish, like 1809, and really good quality.

Crepes are a must. I would only eat crepes at 1809, so it was really critical that Super Brunch served crepes too. That might be one of the options I try next week.


Are there any comments on Super Brunch that you’re hearing while you’re here?

“The silverware is nicely wrapped here!”

“Good orange juice!”

“Yes, FRENCH TOAST! I had a feeling it would be here!!”

“I didn’t think the flowers were real until I looked closer. The flowers are a nice touch.”


What is the food you are most enjoying? Why?

I’m enjoying the breakfast potatoes with the peppers and onions and I like the mushrooms and onions in the eggs too. I like the variety. I like vegetables, I like omelets. Combined, it is awesome. The variety adds some nutrition to my regular diet.


Overall, how is your dining experience been at Super Brunch?

Positive. I’m pleased with the options. I wish it was like this every day!

Good variety, good space, and I enjoyed seeing a lot of people there in the morning. I like that it’s a new thing I can try on campus and because I can customize my options, I can eat something different every time I go.


How many students are still in pajamas while eating here? What’s the most unique pair of pajama pants you can see?

People are pretty casual here. Maybe not PJs, but pretty much every other student was dressed like they just woke up. Lots of comfortable clothes at Super Brunch today.

Actually, my friend, Albert is rocking the most unique pair of pajama pants I’ve seen here. Iron Man PJs.

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Allergen is for everyone!

Allergen over in the Western Dining Commons has delicious, healthy options for everyone—not just people with food allergies! Though there are lots of great vegetarian options, Allergen also has lots of protein options too!


If you’re just coming from the Rec and don’t want to blow your workout, head to Allergen to fill up on good food.


And while you’re there, get your Dining Passport stamped!

Feel at home at Harris

Harris is wedged between Anderson Hall and Stanton Hall over in South Quad, which is located behind Central Quad (sorority housing, look for the famous sundial with turtles around it!).

Hours of operation (Buffet): Sunday-Thursday 11am-2pm and 5pm-8pm; Friday & Saturday 11am-2pm

Harris is great for a lot of reasons, but the most compelling reason for Harris’s greatness is that it is buffet-style and has a lot of options.

So you walk in, pay at the register, and then the buffet is all yours!

Miami Spice features custom-made pastas. Sonora Stop has burrito bowls, quesadillas, nachos, and tacos. Campus Grill serves up burgers, grilled cheese, and other fried foods. Miami Traditions is a station that changes daily and serves meals that you might find at your next family dinner. There is also a fruit and salad bar!

Don’t forget about First Stop South for when you feel like breakfast—open all day! Get your hotcakes, waffles, benedicts, omelets, fruit plates, and cereal whenever you feel like it. Keep in mind that there is also an express breakfast option for on-the-go nutrition.

Hours of operation:
Breakfast Express: Monday-Friday 7:30am-10:30am; closed on weekends
First Stop South: Monday-Thursday 8am-9pm; Friday-Sunday 8am-2pm


Another Fit Friday

Today, slow things down before the semester gets too crazy. Take a leisurely walk though Western campus.


Ponder what lies ahead for you for the semester and really try to savor your experiences here at Miami University.


Amidst this pondering, swing by Western Dining Commons Tea Hive. This is Miami’s original venue for tea, featuring a dozen rotating varieties of loose-leaf tea by the pot as well as a wide selection of tea-by-the-cup. Also available are a selection of sandwiches, bakery treats, and tea-based smoothies. Yum!



The Tea Hive is open from 7:30am-9pm Monday-Thursday; 7:30am-8pm Friday; 10am-8pm Saturday; 10am-9pm Sunday

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