New Provider Expands Campus Dining Options

Smoked meats, fresh gelato, and locally sourced ingredients will soon be on the menu for students, and that and more will be available around-the-clock.

AVI Foodsystems – America’s largest independently owned and operated food and hospitality provider – took over dining and food service operations on May 14.

OWU selected AVI after a bid and selection process that included participation from students, faculty, staff, and administrators, with a goal of greater access to madefrom- scratch cuisine, local ingredients, and a dining plan that provides students with unlimited access to food in select venues.

Smith Hall and the Marketplace in Hamilton-Williams Campus Center will convert to “anytime dining,” with students able to eat as much as they care to without points or swipes. Smith Hall will be open for dining 24/7. During winter break, plans call for the addition of a Boar’s Head Café to Schimmel/Conrades Science Center, with Merrick Café converting to a fully licensed Starbucks in fall 2019.

The 2018-19 meal plan prices did not change from those previously announced under the old vendor and represent the customary small increase over the previous year.

In an email announcing the changes, President Rock Jones wrote: “Along with AVI’s culinary services and catering, they impressed the review committee with their commitment to student engagement. The company plans to develop a strong wellness program and maintain open and frequent communication with students. They also have expressed excitement and commitment to providing students with jobs on campus.”

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