Kettering University partners with Creative Dining Services and plans dynamic new food options for students, faculty and staff
From July 1, Creative Dining Services will provide on-campus catering services at Kettering University for students, faculty and staff.
The University has entered into a three-year partnership with the Zeeland-based company, which also serves several colleges and universities and major corporations, including Kalamazoo College, Union University, Wendy’s Headquarters, Stryker Corporation and Whirlpool. The company will focus on creating menus with local ingredients.
“Creative Dining Services is the perfect partner as they are truly committed to providing our students and employees with a great dining experience,” said Tom Ayers, Vice President of Administration and Finance at Kettering. “We are delighted to offer the Kettering community expanded dining options and new afternoon and evening service hours. Dining dollars will be available for purchase by all students at discounted rates for use at all campus dining locations, and our new Brick Pizza Oven is a great new addition to our service.
Executive Chef Brandon Grzegorczyk will lead the kitchen, while Mike Rourke will serve as the on-site Food Services Manager.
Grzegorczyk, who holds a bachelor’s degree in food and beverage management from the Culinary Institute of Michigan, most recently worked as an executive chef at the Jackson National Life Insurance Company. He worked as a coffee roaster and barista at Brewtopia and a sous chef at Independence Village of Grand Ledge.
Rourke, who has worked at Creative Dining Services for more than nine years, most recently served as food service manager at Auto-Owners Associates and Jackson National Life Insurance Company. Rourke has achieved top certifications in safety and sanitation practices and also has executive chef experience. He leads the design of innovative menus based on health, well-being and sustainability.
Students, faculty and staff can expect menus featuring globally inspired dishes and home-style classics made with local ingredients at seven food stations in the University’s newest building, the Learning Commons.
The catering stations are:
- Trattoria: Pizzas and pasta dishes made in our state-of-the-art pizza oven are available here, including baked ziti, tortellini piccata, spicy pepperoni and Margherita pizza.
- The Sobey Deli: Named after Kettering founder Albert J. Sobey, the Sobey Deli offers freshly cut meats, assorted cheeses and seasonal toppings to make your sandwiches. Artisan burgers with fries and tater tots are also available.
- Hearth ’19: Chefs use emerging global flavors for aromatic, artisanal dishes with flavor profiles from France, India, Greece and Thailand. Signature dishes are available daily, including the popular Dashi concept – a bowl of rice or noodles topped with Asian-inspired beef, sesame tempeh or hickory-smoked chicken with edamame beans, bamboo shoots and shiitake mushrooms in savory broths like lemongrass chicken or miso orange.
- The Pastry: Fresh homemade desserts such as salted caramel pies, crunchy marshmallow brownies, chocolate chip cookies and assorted muffins are available here. Gluten-free and allergen-free options are also available.
- Rise and Shine: A range of daily-made pastries are available here, as well as fresh juices, a variety of milks, and fresh fruit and yogurt parfaits with slivered almond, chopped walnut, and granola toppings.
- Green Earth: Fresh seasonal ingredients to make your salads are available here, as well as chef-inspired daily specials and homemade soups. Available ingredients include hummus, pickled and roasted vegetables, nuts, seeds, mixed leafy greens such as arugula, boston and butter lettuce, and more.
- The area : Dishes are prepared without the eight major allergens (milk, eggs, fish, shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat and soy) and are delicious and flavorful. Some dishes served here are chicken bacon cacciatore, mojo grilled chicken wings, and Singaporean noodles.
Creative Dining Services will also operate a cafe in the Learning Commons, which will feature various blends from Detroit-based Great Lakes Coffee Roasting Company, including a proprietary Bulldog blend. Various craft beverages such as brown sugar oat milk iced espresso, caramel macchiatos, matcha green teas, chai lattes and iced coffees will also be available.
The Battenburg Cafe order window will be open afternoons and select evenings, offering custom pizzas and a specialty menu prepared in our new Marra Forni Neapolitan brick pizza oven.
BJ’s Lounge & Grill will be open at the Campus Center on select evenings. Its menu includes chili, boneless wings, street tacos and smoked pork nacho carnitas.
Einstein’s Bros Bagel Restaurant will remain open all week on University and Chevrolet Avenues across from Campus Center. Einstein will also be getting a minor facelift in the near future.