“It’s going to be incredible,” said Dori Martin, District Marketing Manager, GT Dining.
“We’ve never been able to build our own dining hall on Tech before – we had to work with the existing dining halls. But now we have the opportunity to build from the ground up, and we’re going all out. Special is going to be the new norm and we’re so excited.”
The new dining hall will offer options never before seen on Tech campus, such as a pho station (pronounced “fuh,” pho is a type of Vietnamese noodle dish), build-your-own wok stir-frys and pasta, and a regular dim sum menu (a category of Chinese snacks, including dumplings and steamed buns).
“The international station will cover a wide variety of cuisines,” said Martin.
Other stations will include more vegetarian and vegan options, and each will have pre-made Grab ‘n’ Go options. Each of the stations will be a presentation station, where students can watch the chefs prepare their meals.
“This dining hall doesn’t have limitations that older dining halls could have,” said Martin. “We’ve built this to allow us to do different things.”
This new design has given the Dining team the freedom to tackle an entirely new concept: Dining by Design.
“The whole layout has a modern, retail feel,” Martin explained. “Every station is going to have its own brand.”
Even the “smallware” (an industry word for plates, silverware, etc) will be modern – the plates and bowls will be square not round. Additionally, the entire building is being built to LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) standards, and is scheduled to be both LEED Gold and Energy Star Certified.
“We’re using repurposed materials and will be incorporating composting, purchasing locally, and minimizing waste,” said Martin.
The menu at each of the stations will be on a four-week rotation, and students can suggest new recipes online via the recipe submissions page on Dining’s website. The facility will also have extended hours, and is currently scheduled to be open 24 hours a day during the week. It will be open to all students with dining meals plans and guests and visitors too.
“You don’t have to live in North Avenue to use the dining hall,” explained Martin. Students with the Ramblin’ 400 meal plan will also enjoy a 10 percent discount at the dining hall.
The new dining hall is scheduled for completion summer semester and a large celebration is planned for the Grand Opening in the fall.
“It’s all the latest and greatest in Dining Services,” said Martin. “We absolutely can’t wait!”
North Avenue Dining Hall
Proposed Hours of Operation:
Sunday 4:00 pm to Friday 3:00 pm
This will be a dining hall classic with a twist. You can expect to see Cheese Pizza, Pepperoni Pizza, a Limited Time Offer Pizza, Breadsticks, Calzones, Stromboli’s and Pasta Casseroles, daily. Due to the increasing need for quicker service, this station will also provide students with various ready to go items including but not limited to pre-portioned pasta selections, side salads, and casseroles. There will also be a self-serve condiment area that will include Parmesan Cheese, Red Pepper Flakes, Oregano and Garlic Powder.
Italian Subs, Turkey Subs, Tuna Sandwiches, Roast Beef Sandwiches, Chicken Caesar Wraps, one Vegetarian Option and one rotating Limited Time Offer, are the core items you can expect to see at this station, daily. All of these items will be prepared in a ready to go manner for those students who are on the run. If you have time to wait a patron will be able to choose from an array of meats, cheeses, garnishes, condiments and bread varieties. There will also be fresh baked Focaccia daily for our extraordinary “Biggie” sandwich option.
Wings and Things
Wings will be the feature of this late night option in the North Avenue Dining Hall. One can also expect other fried favorites like French Fries, Hush Puppies, Fish & Chips, Fried Chicken Sandwiches and much more. All items will be served in a reusable basket to give guests a true “Wings” experience.
A dining hall classic and favorite, the Grill Station will contribute the basics and much more. A patron can expect to see core menu items such as Hamburgers, Cheeseburgers, Grilled Cheese, one Vegetarian Option, Shoestring French Fries and two featured Limited Time Offers daily. One can also expect to find an array of sides and condiments at this station. Student in a hurry will be able to grab a basket to go or if the student has a little more time. Our chef can prepare something to order.
The North Avenue Dining Hall Salad Bar will be a satisfying delight to all students. This station will contain 2 green leaf salad options one of these being Romaine. There will be a minimum of 12 topping including local and organic produce when available and one vegetarian protein, daily. You can expect to see a variety of seeds, fresh croutons, bacon bits and more as topping to add a customized flare to each salad prepared. Salad dressing variety will not be an issue at our new dining hall. We will offer 6 choices including two low-calorie and one low fat option.
Pho is a Vietnamese beef and noodle soup and will be the perfect ethnic addition to the North Avenue Dining Hall. The soup includes noodles made from rice and is often served with basil, lime, bean sprouts and peppers. This made to order station will have a variety of traditional options as well as a vegetarian and vegan Pho option, daily.
This station will feature traditional southern cuisine and occasional carving. American comfort food items will consist of Fried Chicken, BBQ Ribs, Corn on the Cob, Mac & Cheese, Collard Greens and many more. This station will also provide the opportunity to celebrate national heritage months by featuring weekly international and ethnic cuisines.
Chinese cuisine will be featured at this station with both a made-to-order and ready made meal options. Whether a student is on the go or has time to customize their meal, this option will be a winner. Students who have a little more time can choose from a variety of local/organic options, hand it to the chef and their dish will be freshly prepared. This station will feature chicken, beef, pork and tofu as its proteins. One can also expect to see various sauces, vegetables and toppings to create an authentic dining experience.
World Fare - Dim Sum
Literally meaning "to touch your heart," Dim Sum consists of a variety of dumplings, steamed dishes and other goodies. They are similar to hors d'oeuvres. Many of the dishes are either steamed or deep-fried. Among the former, you'll find everything from steamed pork spareribs and Char Siu Bao, steamed buns with roast pork, to Har Fao, wonderful shrimp dumplings with translucent skin. Deep-fried treats include mini spring rolls and Wu Gok, a type of taro turnover. There will also be an abundance of other culinary creations. This station will offer both made to order and ready to eat items.
Additional Self-Serve Options – Dessert and Grains