Assortment of vendors grace dining services’ food show
An array of food vendors, invited by CSC Dining Services, filled the Student Center Ballroom, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Wednesday.
A total of 15 vendors, most from Denver, showed a variety of foods to the Chadron community and CSC students.
Senior Director of Dining Operations Tracy Shuck said CSC Dining Services uses the vendor food show to introduce new foods to the students, receive feedback from students about the foods, and provide means for product testing for the vendors. Shuck detailed that CSC Dining Services’ representative from Shamrock Foods sent an open invitation to vendors to come to the show. Shuck also assured that any of the vendors could have their food served at CSC; however, it depends on the type of food, and how the food is received. The cost of implementing the foods also depends on the type of food.
The vendors included PepsiCo, Shamrock Foods, Marcos Ready Foods, General Mills, KeyImpact, Brakebush Chicken, Hormel, Kelloggs, Lakeland Marketing, and Heinz. Several vendors; including Kelloggs, General Mills, and Shamrock Foods; focused on bringing healthy, tasty foods to CSC. The healthy foods included gluten free, vegan chips, various types of fruits, Betty Crocker oatmeal bars, Greek yogurt bars, gluten free chicken tenders, turkey burgers, and a large variety of fruits and vegetables. The vendors also showed foods that were easy for students to take on the go. General Mills expressed interest in providing their cereals in the cafeteria. Vendors also provided bacon cheeseburgers with the bacon cooked into the meat, barbecued barbacoa steak, sriracha chicken bites, pretzels and cheese, and various types of chips, candies, and desserts.
Students, staff members, and community members alike enjoyed the foods provided at the show. Dan Lucht, junior of St. Paul, particularly enjoyed the green chile and Mexican food provided by Marcos Ready Foods, while Anthony Fitzgerald, freshman of Crete, enjoyed the variety of food provided by the vendors.