Monday, October 29, 2012

The Hot Dog Man

      Ron Wroczynski, or as many KU students like to call him, The Hot Dog Man, parked himself on Wescoe Beach Friday to serve the community hotdogs and hot chocolate during the 100th year KU Homecoming Parade.  Starting as a once a month feature eight years ago, students can now expect to see Ron twice a week serving anything from biscuits and gravy to his beloved hot dogs.  

       Friday, Ron brought two new friends with him to help serve the community, Ketchup, Nona Golledge, KU Dining Director and Mustard, Sheryl Kidwell, Assistant KU Dining Director!  These two women helped sell around 150 hot dogs and eight gallons of hot chocolate in the two and a half hours they were there.  

   After viewing the parade Ron said, "I was amazed at the way the floats looked.  It showed that the students really put time into them."  He also gave us insight as to what it means for him to personally get to serve the students on Wescoe.  He told us that since he didn't have the opportunity to go to college, he finds that he really enjoys being around students and through them, he gets a feeling of what college life is like.  Ron also enjoys being a part of KUDining, serving the community and showing that with a lot of hard work, you can be successful.

     You can find The Hot Dog Man one more time before the Spring semester this Sunday at the SUA Carnival.  Don't miss it! 

     If you missed this event, check out KUDining's Facebook page for more photos!

Friday, October 26, 2012

All Hallows Eve Fall Food Festival

      Students from around campus came to Oliver Hall Wednesday, Oct., 24, to sample food from over 20 different vendors.  Among the 20 vendors in attendance at the All Hallows Eve Fall Food Festival were KU Dining internal brands Brellas, Za Pizza and Impromptu as well as other external brands like General Mills, Hormel, Good Natured Family Farms and many more.  Tony the Tiger even stopped by to say hi to his friends and listen to their opinions.


      Students were encouraged to sample food from each vendor and fill out a questionare expressing their opinion about the food currently served in the dining halls as well as what they wanted to see added to the menu.  Along with the fun of food samples came the opportunity to win some prizes to get everyone ready for Halloween.  If you missed it this year, don't worry! The All Hallows Eve Fall Food Festival will be back next year with even more good food and fun.

Check out more pictures from this event on our Facebook page!

Monday, October 15, 2012

Mrs. E's Renovation: Stage 1

      If you haven't heard by now, Mrs. E's Dining Hall is going to be going through a massive renovation!  Today, we sat down with Mark Maranell, General Manager for Mrs. E's and Sergio Banos, Assistant Manager for Mrs. E's, to discuss the upcoming future of the facility.  

      The first step of this renovation will begin Dec. 17, 2012 and will feature the entrance to the dining hall.  What will be changing, you ask?  A lot will be changing! The face of Mrs. E's will no longer host three West facing doors.  Instead, three doors will be  facing the North side and three doors facing South side of the entrance to allow more space for students to wait for the bus in a covered area.  The floors will also be heated to help with climate control and there will be drainage put in place for inclimate weather.  This project is said to be completed by the beginning of the Spring 2013 semester.  

      This beginning part of the Mrs. E's renovation will provide a more attractive face to the name we all love.  The rest of the renovation will begin Monday, May 13, 2013 and will extend 78 days.  Check back soon for more details of this exciting journey.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Kosher Coming to You

      Thanks to Keith Lake, Manager of the Market, Alicia Stultz, Assist. Director of Retail Dining and Rabbi Zalman Tiechtel, their collaborative effort brought a much needed Kosher dining option for the campus community at The Market. Kosher hot dogs are now served every Wednesday from 11:30am-1:30pm at the Market in the Kansas Union, Level 3.

      Rabbi Zalman came to Lawrence a few years ago from New York City to oversee the Chabad Center for Jewish Life at KU.  In taking on this role, Zalman committed to the welfare of the university and Lawrence communities.  When students, faculty and staff expressed a need for Kosher food in the dining facilities, Zalman immediately approached Alecia Stultz and Alecia moved to Keith Lake, to see what they could do about it.  There was a clear need to satisfy the Jewish population on our campus.  With the already changing menu to accommodate for food allergies diets such as: gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan, it seemed like no better time to begin working on a kosher plan.  

      For almost two years Zalman, Stultz and her team worked to produce the most pure kosher hot dog cooking process possible.  Sysco, KU's food service, offers kosher hot dogs, but they weren't Glatt kosher.  Glatt kosher is kosher to the furthest extent.  The animal is thoroughly inspected and must be healthy and pure before going any further.  Rabbi Zalman is able to provide Glatt kosher hot dogs directly from the manufacturer. 
      The preparation and service of the hot dogs is completed by a Jewish KU student,  Joel Mann, on a hot dog roller specifically designated kosher.  This roller is wrapped and sealed each night by Joel to ensure its kosher integrity is not compromised.  If the seal is broken on the hot dog roller, serving utensils, or any of the kosher materials, they are is no longer of any use to the kosher concept.

      Must a person be Jewish to eat this hot dog? Not at all! Lake informed us that when he bit into his first kosher hot dog, thought to himself, "Wow! I can certainly taste the difference."  So stop by The Market and see for yourself what all this talk is about and don't forget to let us know what you think!

Check out more photos from this event on our Facebook page!
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Monday, October 1, 2012

Thomas Richmond at The Studio


      Thomas Richmond, A Printmaking Major in his third year of study, is The Studio's 1st Mural Artist.  Friday at 4pm, The Studio unveiled Richmond's mural, The Tradition, at the artist's reception and needless to say, it was a big hit. He captured the essence of our campus and included some of his favorite aspects of the University of Kansas.  Richmond included images that he felt every KU student should be familiar with.

    Richmond began working on the project in March 2012 and during the course of his work, the major spray paint manufacturer for graffiti artists, Montana Cans and KUDining committed to be official sponsors of the project.  The mural contains images of Naismith, a campus view, Potters Lake, the Campanile and the 1912 Jayhawk and the images stayed very true to his sketches.  Stop by The Studio to see this masterpiece and tell us what you think!

Check out our Facebook page for more pictures from this event!