Dish on Dining

Pards, can you feel that Spring air coming in? We’re looking at a split March here, with Spring Break dividing all the activities we have packed into this month. Welcome to Matcha & Mint Madness!

First, be sure to note the following changes to Dining’s hours of operation, especially if you’re sticking around campus for Spring Break:

Friday, March 11

  • Upper open normal hours
  • Marquis closes at 2:00 p.m.
  • Lower closes at 10:00 p.m.
  • Gilbert’s open normal hours
  • ECO Café closes at 3:00 p.m.
  • Skillman’s closes at 5:00 p.m.

Saturday, March 12 – Saturday, March 18

  • Upper open normal hours
  • Gilbert’s open 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Food Truck open Monday and Thursday
  • All other venues closed

Sunday, March 19

  • Upper open normal hours
  • Gilbert’s open 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Lower opens at 4:00 p.m.

Tuesday, March 28

  • Marquis closes at 2:00 p.m.

The fun starts on the first day of the month with a birthday blow out to celebrate everyone born in March. But, don’t fret if your birthday falls in another month! We’re hooking everyone up with an assortment of cakes, cookies, and cupcakes from Sweet Girlz, a local, women-owned bakery. Drop by our table in Marquis from 11:30 am to 2:00 pm.

On Mar. 2nd we’re popping up into Farinon with a scrumptious popcorn pop-up, featuring local Clusters Popcorn, from noon to 2:00 pm.

Pards, this March one-day specials abound in our all-you-care-to-eat dining halls, including:

  • 3rd – Build-Your-Own-Burrito at Lower.
  • 6th – Oreo Baked Goods at Marquis.
  • 9th – French-themed lunches at Marquis AND Upper.
  • 17th – St. Patrick’s Day dinner at Upper.
  • 20th – Corned Beef Rueben at Lower.
  • 30th – Baseball-themed dinner at Upper.

The food truck will continue to park outside of Kamine Hall this month. Look out for it every Monday Tuesday, and Thursday from 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

All month long a celebration of matcha and mint ensues over at Skillman’s Coffee Shop! Consider indulging these fun flavors in a Matcha Mint Frappuccino or Latte while supplies last. Better yet, try them with a discount:

  • Get 10% off the Matcha Mint Frappuccino from Mar. 3rd to Mar. 9th
  • Get 10% off the Matcha Mint Latte from Mar. 20th to Mar. 23rd

Then, after Spring Break, Skillman’s will whip up a festive Frappuccino to welcome the springtime. Consider trying the Pina Colada Frappuccino for 10% off during Mar. 24th to Mar. 31st!

Fuel up for peak performance in Marquis on Mar. 21st from noon to 1:30 pm with a special Food For Your Well Being pop-up. We’ll showcase optimal fuel for before, during, and post workout, highlighting whole food alternatives to common sports nutrition products. Ready. Set. Grub!

In celebration of Women’s History Month, we hope you’ll join us for a springtime pop-in with Herbalist, Cheryl Karcher of Hilltop Herbals. Many on campus may recognize Cheryl as a key member of Dining’s front of house staff! Her event will focus on how to improve health through teas and tonics. In addition to taste testing various beverages, students will also have the chance to win product from Hilltop Herbals by wearing a wild, funky, or interesting looking hat to lunch! Mark your calendar for this pop-in on Mar. 23rd from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm at Marquis.

Shoutout to J.R. Schaffer! This past month, on Superbowl Sunday, our Catering Chef participated in the 26th annual chili cook-off at Pearly Bakers Alehouse in downtown Easton … and took home the Judge’s Choice Award! His Smoked Pork Chili recipe topped 14 other chili entries. Congrats on your win J.R.! The Dining Services team is very proud to have you with us.

Rounding out the month is National Farmworker’s Awareness Week (Mar. 25th – Mar. 31st.) This year, we’re highlighting the impact of climate change on farmworkers with a unique activity that will challenge students to accomplish something every farmworker is expected to do: lift 32 pounds of tomatoes. Test your strength and learn about the seriousness behind this topic at our tabling event from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm on Mar. 28th in Marquis.

Pards, are you interested in a part-time job? We offer flexible schedules to fit your needs and have a variety of open positions on our dining services team. Plus, no experience, no problem! We’re willing to train any student as a server, bartender, cook, barista, utility, or catering attendant. Positions start at $12.00 to $16.00 per hour. Apply today by emailing our General Manager, Chris Brown,

Act sustainably and get rewarded! From now through Mar. 10th, recycle plastic bottles and aluminum cans using the Reverse Vending Machine outside of Lower Farinon to enter the competition to win a mountain bike and bring glory to your class year. Also, the Punch Card Program is back at Gilbert’s Café this semester, which allows students to earn credit for using a reusable mug for coffee fill-ups. Various prizes are available!

What’s your best ice breaker? Dining has begun collaborating with Leopards Eating Together, a new student group, to offer a new initiative of the same name that hopes to encourage new connections and friendships among Lafayette students while they eat in the dining halls. More information can be found in Upper Farinon and Marquis.

Introducing Leopard Leftovers, a new program in collaboration with the Office of Sustainability to help end food waste and food insecurity on campus. The program enables students to become aware of leftovers from catered events that can be picked up free of charge. Sign-up for the group and learn more information, here:

Allergen Update: Sesame is now the 9th major allergen required to be labeled by manufacturers in the United States. New signage will be posted throughout our dining facilities.

Some manufacturers may have reformulated recipes to add sesame to products that were not previously a source of sesame. The changes impact those with sesame allergy concerns. If you have a sesame allergy, please ask your healthcare professional if you can consume products that include this ingredient. Immediate questions, please reach out to Campus Executive Chef John Soder.

As the global supply chain continues to experience unprecedented disruptions, we encourage food-allergic guests to frequently request to review package labels.

More information from FARE (Food Allergy Research and Education) on sesame allergy can be found here: Guests should always consult their healthcare professional for individual advice.

As always, the most convenient place to get up-to-date hours of operation is Plus, all of our dining adventures are listed here as well, under the Events tab.

From all of us at Lafayette Dining, we look forward to seeing you soon!

Questions? Contact Chris Brown, General Manager.