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Chartwells showcases offerings at campus food fair

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Chartwells Food Fair, Sept. 2, 2014
Chartwells Food Fair, Sept. 2, 2014

Chartwells Campus Dining Service held a food fair Wednesday, Sept. 3 in the Pavilion outside the Hasan School of Business. They gave away a variety of food and drinks, including the very popular buffalo wings, quinoa salad and Starbucks coffee.

The event was held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and was busiest between classes and at lunchtime. Rev89 provided music for the crowd.

Alec Kerr, a freshman at CSU-Pueblo said he was there “because of the free food.”

Cacharel Jan-Baptise, a sophomore, said the samples were “terrific, so far,” and both students said they enjoyed several of the food choices that were offered.

Annette Shepard, marketing manager for Chartwells said the main reasons for today’s event were to create a positive experience between the dining services and the campus community.

She said Chartwells wants to let people know what they have to offer, and they have changed several things this year. Due to frequent requests, they have developed a commuter meal plan with several options. Students living off campus can take advantage of the new plans.

To advocate their healthier lifestyle dining options, they have developed “Balanced U.”   It will provide students with a wide variety of food options and nutritional information. On and off campus catering is available. Some of the catering options were available at the food fair. There is also a menu pamphlet available with the a la carte and meal options and pricing information.

Also, Café Libro, located in the LARC, is now featuring Starbucks coffee.

Chartwells is hoping to have a successful social media presence. Claudia Walters, director of campus dining, wanted to encourage students and staff to like Chartwells on Facebook. After liking Chartwells, they could spin a game wheel to win a prize. Prizes ranged from free cookies to Chartwells dollars, which help pay for food at the dining halls.

Not everythings has changed. “Truck on the Go” will still be in the Pavilion during lunch Monday through Thursday. The Pavilion also offers pizza and grab-and-go snacks and beverages. Dining options will also still include the Occhiato University Center Dining Hall, La Cantina on the lower level of the OUC, Café Libro, located in LARC, the Coffee Cart, located in the Life Science building, and the Bistro at Culebra Hall.