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Ready for Picnic on the Patio?

Summer is just around the corner, so it’s only fitting that Bell Tower Place hosts a cookout to celebrate! Join us at Bell Tower Place on Friday, April 28 from 11am-2pm for our Picnic on the Patio special event!


Picnic on the Patio

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April 28, 2017 Bell Tower Place 11am-2pm

Fresh off special dining events like One Miami Special Dinner, Seventh Inning Stretch and last week’s Local Vendor Day, Picnic on the Patio is the latest of the spring dining festivities. Unlike the previous events, Picnic on the Patio is occurring this year during lunch from 11am-2pm, making it the perfect midday meal on April 28.

For those who enjoyed the ballpark food from Martin Dining Hall’s Seventh Inning Stretch, the Picnic on the Patio menu will look, and taste, familiar. The menu features summer favorites like hot dogs, Italian sausage, burgers, veggie burgers, smoked pork sandwiches, fries, corn on the cob, macaroni and cheese, baked potato salad, and much more. Check out the full menu below!

Swing by Bell Tower Place on Friday, April 28 from 11am-2pm and join us for a cookout just in time for summer!


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Seventh Inning Stretch Dinner Recap

Another year, another tasty Seventh Inning Stretch Dinner! Back at Martin Dining Hall after being held at Garden Commons a year ago, our annual Seventh Inning Stretch Dinner is a fun baseball-themed special dinner, and one of our favorites to host. Featuring a menu straight from the ballpark, this year was another fun addition to this spring tradition!

Students from across campus joined us at Martin Dining Hall for a menu featuring authentic stadium fare like soft pretzels, boneless wings, mini corn dogs, mozzarella sticks, nachos, popcorn and more. There was a burger and hot dog bar (and brats), where guests could stack their stadium eats with their favorite toppings, or guests could opt for pulled pork, fresh from The Q. Items like pita chips and hummus, grilled chicken, black bean burgers and more offered tasty alternatives to the traditional ballpark staples. Of course, ice cream, cookies and cupcakes were on the menu for dessert as well!

We hope everyone enjoyed our baseball celebration, and the special menu, as much as we enjoyed hosting it! Check out our Facebook album for more photos from the dinner and keep tabs on our upcoming special events on social media (Hint: a similar menu will be served at Bell Tower very soon)!


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Baseball and Food: A Love Story

With all the crazy new food innovations happening in ballparks across America, it’s easy to wonder how it all started. Today, ballpark menus can span a wide range of flavors and types of food, but hot dogs have always been a staple of the baseball experience. While the exact origin of the hot dog itself is unclear, one of the most famous tales is that of Charles Feltman.

This butcher of German ancestry started a cart in Coney Island in 1867 from which he sold hot sausages on rolls. Soon the cart expanded into a big business. Then, according to History.com, a bread slicer at Feltman’s started his own stand in 1916, selling hot dogs for half the price. The bread-slicer’s name was Nathan Handwerker, the namesake for Nathan’s Famous hot dog brand sold in many ballparks across the country.

The earliest account of baseball and hot dogs becoming a pair tracks back to 1892 when Chris Von der Ahe began selling the treat at his ballpark in St. Louis. The peak season for hot dog consumption takes place from Memorial Day to Labor Day during which time Americans consume approximately seven billion hot dogs (yes, billion). While some of this consumption can be attributed to cookouts and other summer fun, at least 30 million hot dog sales each year can be attributed to ballpark concession stands.

As for snacks, each MLB team sells around 70,000 bags of peanuts each season. While peanuts were originally a snack of the lower class, they became a popular energy source for soldiers on both sides of the Civil War. After the war, their popularity only grew and they soon tagged along in the pockets of attendees of America’s Favorite Pastime. Discarded peanut shells quickly littered ballparks nationwide. Now, many fans can’t attend a game without a pouch of peanuts on their person.

As the song goes, “buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jacks,” but where did this iconic treat come from? This popcorn-based delicacy was introduced by Frederick and Louis Rueckheim at the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair. In 1896, the creation received it’s current name of Cracker Jack, which at the time meant something was awesome. A decade later, the baseball game favorite was included in Jack Norworth And Albert Von Tilzer’s song “Take Me Out to the Ballgame”. According to history.com, the first Cracker Jack box prize appeared in 1912 and more than 23 billion tiny treasures have been distributed to this day.

If you’re favorite part of any baseball game is the food, you’re in good company. Today, concessions companies compete to outdo each other with the most outrageous creations. This season, MLB fans can keep an eye out for such offerings as the “Burgerizza” which, according to theweek.com, is a 20-ounce bacon cheeseburger with two personal pizzas as the buns.

Fans of the Atlanta Braves can look forward to a “Hot Dog Sundae” while Ranger’s fans can look out for the “Sweet Spot Cotton Candy Dog” — a hot dog topped with cotton candy.

Hungry yet? Join us at Martin Dining Hall on April 12 from 5-8pm for our Seventh Inning Stretch Dinner. The menu will feature a hot dog bar, with your choice of toppings, and many more tasty food straight from the ballpark! Share your favorite with us!


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On Deck: Seventh Inning Stretch Dinner

Baseball season is now in full-swing and that means it’s time for our annual Seventh Inning Stretch Dinner! Our baseball-themed dining event has been a staple of our spring events for years, featuring food straight from the ballpark. This year will also be the return of Seventh Inning Stretch to Martin Dining Hall after Martin closed for renovations last school year, so mark your calendars and get ready for an exciting, delicious event!


Seventh Inning Stretch Dinner

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April 12, 2017 Martin Dining Hall 5-8pm

The dinner is Wednesday, April 12 from 5-8pm at Martin Dining Hall. The menu is set to feature authentic stadium fare with snacks like soft pretzels, boneless wings, mini corn dogs, mozzarella sticks, nachos and popcorn. The main course offerings are highlighted by items like a hot dog bar, burger bar and BBQ pulled pork from The Q and more. And of course, it wouldn’t be a day at the ballpark without some ice cream, cookies and cupcakes for dessert, or some fresh squeezed lemonade to drink!

If you hot dogs, burgers and pizza aren’t your thing, there are some delicious alternative options like pita chips and hummus, grilled chicken, black bean burgers and more. Check out the full menu below.

We look forward to seeing you on April 12 at Martin Dining Hall for our annual Seventh Inning Stretch Dinner!

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Scoreboard Market: A Review

After walking through the shiny, metal doorway of Scoreboard Market, I decided I would try to order a sandwich. I strolled up to the kiosk, ready for the comfort of a faceless touch screen to obediently take my order and cue some nameless stranger to slide my sandwich through the order window in a few short moments.

To my dismay, the kiosk was out of order and I needed to place my order at the window. My world isn’t built for this! There is an app on my phone that orders a pizza with literally one touch.

Faced with this dilemma, I decided my hunger outweighed the social anxiety I felt as a result of growing up in the time of Seamless and Sheetz Made to Order.

Whatever anxiety I felt about ordering quickly dissipated as the cashier made sure I had filled out my order sheet completely and correctly, ringing me up with a smile and some friendly conversation. She also assured me that the kiosk would be up and running in due time. The hardest part of the ordeal was choosing one of the many options available. After what was probably too long of an internal debate, I decided on the chicken club sandwich with lettuce, provolone and pickles. Once I was finished filling out the order sheet and paying for the meal, I headed over to the order window.

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Behind the counter was not a nameless stranger, but a smiling Miamian ready to provide some of the best customer service I have experienced while attending school here and all with a smile. I placed my order down and he looked it over, making sure nothing was wrong. He disappeared behind the window, and I browsed Scoreboard’s extensive collection of food and beverage. I eyed up the Teddy Grahams with great nostalgia and took a mental note of the laundry detergent available. I was impressed with the variety I saw in such a seemingly small space.

After just three minutes, my sandwich arrived, in the words of the great R. Kelly, “hot and fresh out the kitchen.” I took this warm bundle of deliciousness outside to the patio, knowing I won’t be able to do this for much longer as the breeze picks up, and I feel the chill of winter approaching. As I unwrapped the sandwich from its foil, I was pleasantly surprised to find not just your average deli sandwich, but a toasted delight filled with juicy grilled chicken, bacon, lettuce, pickles and cheese. It was the superior quality of Delish without the wait! In just five minutes total I had ordered, paid and received my sandwich.

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Earlier in the day, I didn’t even know that you could order sandwiches at Scoreboard Market, connected to Martin Dining Hall. Now, I will be offering it as an option whenever my friends want to get food together next, not to mention going there for lunch every so often. I’m excited to go back and try some of their many other options, and I’m looking forward to being able to order from my phone on the GET app in the coming weeks. If you haven’t tried ordering at Scoreboard yet, you definitely should.

Dining Hall Hacks

It’s the end of October and even with all the options at the dining hall, you find yourself going back for that same slice of pizza you got for lunch. If you’re looking for some tips on how to up your dining hall game, we’ve got your back. We found five recipes that will refresh your taste buds and save you from yet another dinner of chicken tenders and mac & cheese. All of the following dining hall hacks utilize food items available at the dining halls here on campus.

Not Your Freezer’s Pizza Bagels

If you’re feeling nostalgic for the bagel bites of your youth, this trick is for you. Grab a bagel and acquire your choice of shredded cheese from the salad bar. Grab some marinara sauce and spread it over your bagel. Top that with the cheese, and throw it in the microwave. After about two minutes, you should be kicking it back to your bagel bite glory days. Remember to clean up after yourself and don’t leave a mess in the microwave! This also works with english muffins.

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(Almost) Portillos Cake Shake

If you’re looking for a sweet treat and missing Chicago’s favorite dog house, grab a cup for this next concoction. Mash up a piece of cake, pie or a cupcake inside. Add your choice of soft serve flavor (or do a twist). Add milk until you’ve reached your desired thickness. Mix it all up with a spoon. Due to the need for ice cream, this recipe can only be created at Harris Dining Hall or Martin Dining Hall.

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Take a Dip!

If you’re looking to stay healthy and try new flavors, try this take on a Thai-style dip for grilled chicken or veggies. After cutting up some healthy and delicious grilled chicken or obtaining some broccoli, grab a few peanut butter packets and empty them onto your plate. Add some soy sauce and Sriracha until you have a thinner consistency for a fun update to this dining hall staple.

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All Veggies, No Eggs … On Your Pasta

If your taste buds are getting a little too accustomed to buttered noodles, try adding broccoli and carrots from the salad bar to your next plate of plain pasta. Then, top with salt, pepper, and olive oil (which can be found at the salad bar). Don’t forget to finish it off with some parmesan cheese for your own, personal pasta primavera.

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Chickey Chickey Parm Parm

For a dining hall take on a classic italian dish, look no further. Put breaded chicken (chicken strips, homestyle, etc.) on a bun. Grab a few slices of cheese, but leave them on the side for now. Get some marinara sauce and add hot sauce until you’ve reached your desired spice level. Put this spicy marinara on top of the chicken and layer the cheese on top of that. Now you’ve got a delicious, handheld chicken parmesan.

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We hope you enjoy these easy dining hall hacks. Let us know what you think, and keep checking back here at The Miami Spread for more hacks as the semester progresses.

 

Recapping a Week of Halloween Dinners

Halloween is a holiday of creative costumes, spooky creatures, startling scares, and haunted houses. We hope everyone had the opportunity to take a break from school work and enjoy the special Halloween-themed menus available during our four Halloween dinners!

Monster Mash, at Garden Commons, kicked off the festivities on Monday, October 24. Martin Dining Hall hosted Club Villain on Tuesday, with Harris Dining Hall hosting Haunted Harris the next night. Western capped it off with Superhero Dinner on Thursday.

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Monster Mash Dinner

October 24, 2016 – Garden Commons

Garden Commons hosted Monster Mash, which featured a station for mashed potato bowls and a variety of Halloween-themed goodies, including cupcakes, cookies and a “dirt” dessert pizza. Oh, and plenty of “Monster Mash” music was played.


Club Villain Dinner

October 25, 2016 – Martin Dining Hall

Club Villain took place at Martin Dining Hall with the highlights including “bat wing” boneless wings, “piranha” tilapia, “brain cubes” (tofu), and fried calamari. Halloween treats like apple cider soaked apples with caramel sauce, cupcakes, cinnamon roll pizza and more were on hand to satisfy those with a sweet tooth.


Haunted Harris Dinner

October 26, 2016 – Harris Dining Center

Haunted Harris, at Harris Dining Hall, featured “bat wing” wings, ice cream floats, “road kill” stew, and more. Of course, the Halloween-themed sweets were plentiful with vegan pumpkin pie, cookies and cupcakes on the menu.


Superhero Dinner

October 27, 2016 – Western Dining Commons

Western Dining Commons hosted the final Halloween dinner of the week with Superhero Dinner. Between “Avengers” tater tot casserole, “The Incredible Hulk” braised kale, and a variety of other “super” menu offerings, guests had an excellent assortment of food to fill their plates. Of course, there were plenty of Halloween sweets as well, highlighted by superhero cookies and cupcakes.

Thank you again for joining us at our Halloween dinners! We had a blast hosting them!

Four Nights of Halloween Dinner

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Guess what???

Halloween is almost here!

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This year, we are happy to be hosting not one, not two, not three, but four special dinners to celebrate the beloved holiday of spookiness! Running from Monday, October 24 until Thursday, October 27, guests will have the chance to enjoy themed events that are sure to get you into the Halloween spirit!

So, pull out your calendars and plan on joining us for the spooky and fun activities! We look forward to seeing you there!


October 24, 2016 – 5-8pm – Garden Commons

Monster Mash Halloween Dinner

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October 25, 2016 – 5-8pm – Martin Dining Hall

Club Villain Halloween Dinner

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October 26, 2016 – 5-8pm – Harris Dining Center

Haunted Harris Halloween Dinner

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October 27, 2016 – 5-8pm – Western Dining Commons

Superhero Halloween Dinner

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What’s New on the Menu? – Buffets

After a brief hiatus, Martin Dining Hall is back, joining the ranks of our buffet locations. Add in the newly “buffet-ized” Bell Tower Place and Pacific Rim and our buffet total has reached six! With the new meal plan (more here), buffet locations are great opportunities to enjoy all-you-can-eat dining and use your buffet meals.

With a new year upon us, along with some new locations, let’s take a look at the exciting new updates across our buffet locations!

Garden Commons

20160621_154317-minGarden Commons was the new kid on the block just a year ago, but has quickly become a campus favorite as we enter its second year. The big announcement with Garden Commons is with hours of operation. Garden Commons will be open 7:30am-8pm during the week and will be open 11am-8pm on the weekend. We realize student schedules can be unaccommodating to standard dining hours, so this should give students more flexibility around their daily obligations.

Garden Market’s hours are also shifting. The market — complete with snacks, drinks and more — will be open from 9am-9pm during the week. Garden Market’s to-go window still gives students the chance to pick up sandwiches, wings and other food on their way to, or from, class.

Harris Dining Hall

The menu for this dining mainstay is going to look a little different this year with two new stations. First and foremost, the Traditions station has received a facelift. Now Traditions will feature healthy menu items like grilled chicken, fish, veggies and more, that should make the health conscious swoon.

If that new station doesn’t sound appealing to you though, you’ll love the new Great Tastes station. Great Tastes will feature the hearty, cheat-day favorites like potato bowls, mac & cheese, wings, casserole and more. As is customary with buffet spots, there will be some variety day-to-day across the stations as menu items rotate. The Campus Grill still remains, as does the extensive salad bar. The morning yogurt bar actually will offer up some increased variety.

It’s also worth noting the Harris hours of operation. Harris will not offer lunch service during the week and will not be open on the weekends. This is dictated by student dining habits last year. There simply wasn’t enough traffic during lunch and over the weekends at Harris to keep it open. Instead, we can better serve you by reallocating resources elsewhere on campus at those times. Pacific Rim will be offering weekend buffet brunch and Maplestreet Station, as a whole, is a good alternative during the lunch hours during the week!

Western Dining Commons

Like Garden Commons, Western is remaining largely the same with the hours of operation being the main point of interest. Western will be open, with continuous service, throughout the week (7:30am-8pm) and will be open on the weekends as well. On the menu, pizza is replacing flatbread (rejoice pizza-lovers) and the Western deli station (at the lower level in the back) is back and better than ever!

Tea Hive is still serving up a variety of tasty sandwiches and wraps, as well as tea (cups or teapots). Also keep an eye out for some exciting new tea/juice combos, in the spirit of what is offered at Starbucks.

Martin Dining Hall

The seating area continues into the other room. To the back is the cash register for the Scoreboard entrance and back to the right is Scoreboard Market.

Martin is back! After a year-long renovation, the classic dining hall is sporting some new digs that are sure to satisfy students this year. Martin features three stations with perhaps the most exciting being the Winning Seasonings station. Winning Seasonings is a healthier take on our standard traditions menu offerings. Think carved meats, grilled chicken, rice, and veggies. This is a great area for athletes who are looking to refuel after a hard workout. Pizza, pasta, salad and more are also available. Oh, and there’s a soft serve machine (eek!).

Martin will be operating with a schedule that is similar to Harris, with breakfast and dinner service during the week, but no lunch service. Martin, however, will open for time frames on the weekend (Saturday: 11am-2pm, Sunday: 11am-8pm). Martin’s location compared to the majority of students during the week (on campus, attending classes) pushed this move. Garden Commons is a great weekday buffet alternative during lunch, as is Bell Tower.

Another option is the new and improved Scoreboard Market. Located in/next to Martin Dining Hall, Scoreboard offers a wide variety of convenience store items, snacks and drinks, plus the “to-go ordering” students loved about Scoreboard before the renovation. You can order items like burgers, Philly Cheesesteak sandwiches, chicken sandwiches, wings, chicken tenders, hot dogs, mozzarella sticks and much more using the GET App mobile ordering option. Quickly order on your phone or online and then pick up your food when it’s ready. A kiosk is also located in the market itself where you can order your food and then pick it up at the window shortly after.

Download the GET App for Apple and Android, or order online here.

Bell Tower Place

Bell Tower is a buffet! While that may sound a tad daunting to Bell Tower lovers out there, know that Bell Tower is largely the Bell Tower you remember: just now a buffet. There is a little more rotation in the menus, but the stations remain the same with the Campus Grill, Señora Stop, Pizza Pi, Pastato, the salad/fruit bar and, yes, the Wok station! Now though, you can use a buffet meal to get your fill of Bell Tower’s fantastic food service.

Bell Tower is also now home to Bell Tower Market, where you can stop in, pick up an Uncle Phil’s sandwich (including customizable PB&J), Starbucks products/smoothies (as before) or your standard snacks and/or drinks before heading on your way. The market is separate from the buffet, so you don’t need to take advantage of Bell Tower’s all-you-can-eat offerings to grab a meal while making your way past Bell Tower.

Pacific Rim

Screen Shot 2016-01-25 at 9.33.37 AMMaplestreet Station’s Pacific Rim is now also a buffet! This year, you will be able to use a buffet meal at Pacific Rim and enjoy all-you-can-eat of your Pacific Rim favorites. Made-to-order stir-fry is still available, featuring vegetable blends like Armstrong’s Mein Street, to help speed-up service. Pacific Rim’s made-to-order stir-fry is allergen-friendly with soy being the only top 8 allergen served there. Due to these considerations, the Pacific Rim stir-fry station is a wonderful spot for those with special diets (still be sure to notify staff of your allergy when ordering) and for those looking to avoid gluten.

Pacific Rim will also serve different international entrees, like pacific dishes and Indian cuisine, and will offer up some of the more traditional American menu options as well. There will be prepared salads, a pudding bar, desserts and Pacific Rim will serve brunch on the weekends. Pacific Rim is definitely an exciting location for this upcoming school year!

Keep tabs on the latest happenings in dining by following us on TwitterFacebook and Instagram! We are very excited to have you all back on campus and we can’t wait to serve you during the 2016-17 school year!

Martin Dining Hall Photo Tour

After an extensive renovation during the 2015-16 school year, Martin Dining Hall (and Scoreboard Market) is back and ready for the fall semester! Yesterday, during the North Quad Open House, Martin showed off the new digs to Miami University staff, showcasing a beautiful new building, some tasty food samples and a great atmosphere.

But, hey… why let us have all the fun?

Take your very own virtual walk-through Martin Dining Hall using the photos below. Start at the top left, cycle through and get ready for what’s sure to be another wonderful school year!