According to Mike Davy, manager at Notre Dame Food Services, "Today's college student is much more worldly and sophisticated, in that they've been exposed to much more than the prior generation." He continues, "College food service has had to adapt to satisfy those needs." And Notre Dame is certainly evolving to accommodate those needs.
Classes like "Crave-able Vegetarian Cuisine," a hands-on cooking class held in the university's test kitchen, keep food exciting at this Indiana university, which also features two main dining halls, a food court, and restaurants and eateries. Notre Dame also has a meal exchange program with St. Mary's College. Sample meal items include fried eggs, and bourbon baked ham. Menus note healthy choices, gluten-free items, and varied options for vegetarians and vegans. The university even provides sick meals to those who are ill or confined to their rooms.
The home of the Fighting Irish sets itself apart with Legends of Notre Dame, a restaurant and pub thats a collaborative effort between food services and the student activities department. Thursday through Friday, the space is reserved for student programming from karaoke to comedy to DJs. All profits are shared with the activities department, creating a fun and tasty resource for student programming.