Hungry? College food, Evangel-style
March 2nd, 2013 | Ian Richardson
When I say the phrase “college food,” what comes to mind? Probably something like pizza, Ramen, cold cereal or mac-‘n-cheese, which have become the notorious “major food groups” of poor college students throughout the years.
But what if I started telling you about mashed potatoes and gravy, omelets cooked to order and personalized stir fries assembled in front of your eyes? That’s what “college food” means at Evangel — plus a whole lot more.
When you’re out on your own and investing your time and energy working and studying, a healthy diet is one of the easiest things to neglect, yet it’s one of the most important things to maintain. Sure, arriving at college means no more hearing “eat your vegetables” or “clean your plate,” but also gone are the days of Mom’s delicious home cooking — and eating for free.
Thankfully, Evangel has a system in place to keep you well fed that will work with your busy schedule, and at the center of it all is the Evangel cafeteria.
Set up as an all-you-can-eat buffet, the “Caf” as students affectionately call it (or, officially, Crusader Dining Hall) serves three meals every weekday and two each day of the weekend. Every day, the Caf offers a selection ranging from favorites like pizza, burgers and pasta to classic home-style comfort food.
The main dishes vary from meal to meal, but the Caf also consistently offers salad, sandwich and continental breakfast bars throughout the day. Whether you’re a vegetarian or a carnivore, you’ll find something for you.
Periodically, the Caf has ethnic or ingredient-themed meals, creating dishes based on themes such as Thai food, croissants or — my favorite so far — peanut butter.
But the Caf is more than a place to consume food, it’s a place to spend a fun meal with your friends. Ms. Joan, the receptionist, is always ready to greet you with a friendly “hello” when you walk in, and I must admit that I even miss her smile when I go home. Also adding to the welcoming environment is the presence of the fantastic food service director, Todd Lanning, who values student feedback and is always open for suggestions.
So, there you have it. Though it may never replace Mom’s cooking, I believe you will find Evangel’s dining hall is an excellent place to enjoy your meals.
But you don’t have to take my word for it; come for a visit and give it a taste yourself.
Want more? To truly understand the heart of Crusader Dining Hall, read Talking with Todd — One Man’s Influence about Food Services Director Todd Lanning in The Lance, Evangel’s student-produced newspaper.