Suggestions Through 1/12/16
"Is the rice at the grill actually just rice and water or is there something else in it too?"
Just rice (the variety may vary) and water.
"Would it be at all possible to not put oil in all the pasta? I know you can order no extra oil for your individual order, which I appreciate, but there is still already oil put on all the pasta. Thanks!"
"Could the pasta be made without any added oil please? It would be so much healthier without oil."
The small amount of oil we add (a canola/olive oil blend) prevents the pasta from sticking and breaking apart. The amount you see may vary due to gravity in the container. If you would like your pasta rinsed before your order is prepared, please ask the cook at the station.
"Could you please start labelling items that are oil-free? (Soup, pasta, entrees, sandwich ingredients, etc.) Thank you!
We're sorry, but at this time we just don't have the staff resources to add another label to our system. Unlike large schools, we don't have a full time marketing team to do our labeling and signage. However, if you would like individual consultation on menu ingredients, Associate Director Judy Runyon (email@example.com) provides this service. Please contact her directly.
"Could the organic potatoes be baked without any oil/margarine please? It would be so much healthier this way!
We could - but we probably won't, because the quality of the finished product would suffer. We're happy to provide what we believe is one of the more interesting explanations of the year. There is a scientific basis for applying a fat to the outside of baked potatoes. For the organic bar, we use an organic vegan margarine. According to Alton Brown, Food Network host, the oil, because it gets so much hotter than the moisture inside the potato, helps to regulate that moisture - therefore, producing a fluffier potato that is not dry while also achieving a crispier skin. That said, if you would like to create a plain, oil free baked potato here at Oxy, we will provide you with a raw one to cook in the microwave. You can then add the organic bar toppings. Just ask at the station.
"Can Campus Dining permanently ban the sale of plastic water bottles? The College theme for 2015-2016 is "Sustainability," and this is a way for the dining facilities to play a major role in the promotion of that ideal."
The question is probably "should" rather than "can". It is within our scope to not sell water bottles. However, like all bans, this one would remove choice from the consumer, which is why we need a larger, balanced discussion. We are happy to work with students and others and explore options for reducing or eliminating bottled water.
"Kudos to whoever prepared the Pork w/ Rice & Cilantro soup today (12/3). One of the best of the year! If I hadn't already set my heart on Nachos, I would have had AT LEAST two more bowls."
Thanks for the compliment!
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