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Twenty-five Notable Gluten-Free Friendly Colleges for 2013  October 8th, 2013

[October 4, 2013 —] — As part of a nationwide change on the part of colleges and universities to address food allergies and sensitivities, more and more campuses are offering gluten-free foods to their students. Here is a list of some of the most notable so far, in alphabetical order:

Oregon State offers students a list of all of the gluten-free options served in each on-campus dining hall or cafe. At some locations, these options may be limited, but at larger dining halls, gluten-intolerant students will find a wide range of safe, healthy and tasty gluten-free food.

A registered dietician is on hand to make sure that dietary considerations are met.

Read the full article by Jefferson Adams at

Chef Jet to visit Oregon State on Thursday!  February 6th, 2013


Acclaimed chef and Food Network television personality Jet Tila will be headline University Housing & Dining Services’ Lunar New Year: a journey through culture and cuisine on Feb 7. Tila completed on “Iron Chef America” and is a judge on the popular show “Chopped.”  Thanks to his background and education, Tila is comfortable in multiple roles as a nationally celebrated chef and consultant, a teacher and a student in the art of food.

This celebration of the first day of the lunar calendar will take place on Thursday, Feb. 7 at Marketplace West’s Ring of Fire restaurant.  Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to1:30 p.m. and dinner will be served from 5to 7 p.m.

Chef Jet will be demonstrating his cooking technique and his recipes from 12:30 to1:15 p.m. and 6:30 to 7:15 p.m. with time to meet with students, OSU staff and faculty and the general public.  He will also be available for media interviews.

The menu will feature Chef Jet’s Asian Broccoli Salad with Crispy Noodles and Spicy Basil Pork.  The menu will also include Roasted Duck Leg in Mandarin Orange Sauce, Braised Beef Short Ribs in Plum Sauce, Buddha’s Feast with Tofu (vegetarian), Crispy Spring Rolls, Sweet Sticky Sesame Rice Cakes and other culinary favorites.  The meal will cost $9.

Video: Chef Jet on Vimeo.

Famished? We rank the best places to eat on campus  February 9th, 2012

[The Daily Barometer, Feb. 9, 2012] — Oregon State University houses a plethora of conveniently placed cafés that offer a wide variety of delectable delicacies. Depending on your cravings, these eateries can offer you anything from a mid morning snack to a full-blown meal. We feel that these “birds” have flown under the radar and have been greatly underutilized for far too long. It’s time the public knows the truth about the magic happening in and around these refectories on a daily basis.

Alexander Crawford and Kyle Hart decided to let their ferocious appetites fuse with the power of the pen to bring you our list, ranking the best eateries on campus. This list excludes eating establishments that are currently in dining centers. Components that were considered in our write-up include, but are not limited to: customer service, timeliness, creativity, ingenuity, and general taste.

6. Bing’s Café

(Weatherford Hall): Let me start off by saying that although Bing’s is at the bottom of this list, it is by no means a bad spot to eat.  We just felt that the other five eateries we explored were either tastier or had more to offer.  Bing’s is a classic café-sandwiches, coffee, gelato and a modified calzone called a calzini. The sandwiches at Bing’s are always fresh and they allow for you to include a myriad of different veggies.  It is also worth noting that the coffee at Bing’s is from Starbucks.  Every other coffee location at OSU is serves either Allann Bros. or Portland Roasting Company (expect for the Peet’s Coffee in the new International Living-Learning Center which serves…well… Peet’s).  The number one reason to visit Bing’s is actually not the food, but an opportunity to talk to Carol — the Bing’s manager — a legend on the OSU campus.

Read the full article by Alex Crawford and Kyle Hart.

New in Dining Services  October 27th, 2011

[Campus Living, Oct. 21, 2011] — On behalf of all the dining staff, “Welcome.” 

Chef David Lewis

We’ve been busy over the summer working on a variety of projects to help make this year a great experience for you.  Here’s some of what’s new:

Chef David Lewis has introduced South Asian cuisine at Boardwalk Café, Chef Jay Perry has introduced four new salads at lunch at Cooper’s Creek BBQ, and Chef Bruce Hoerauf has introduced new signature sandwiches at Cascadia Market.

Bruce Hoerauf

Chef Bruce Hoerauf

And speaking of Cascadia Market, we’ve significantly expanded the variety of groceries and fresh produce, as well as slashed prices.  Also in the International Living-Learning Center we’ve partnered with Peet’s Coffee and Tea out of San Francisco to bring another high quality coffeehouse to the students and staff of OSU.

In addition, in response to the many requests to open Arnold Dining Center on the weekends, Arnold Dining is now open seven days a week.

On Nov. 9 at Marketplace West we will be celebrating the culture and cuisine of the Mediterranean region.  Dinner is $8.  Invite your friends for a fun evening while sampling the amazing flavors of the countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea.  See more information on this event below.

Jay Perry

Chef Jay Perry

We have a very responsive culinary team and want to serve you as best we can.  We welcome your input and look forward to a great year ahead. Let us know how we are doing by sharing your feedback.

Best regards,

Rich Turnbull, UHDS Associate Director

OSU ‘Dining with the Dean’ episode set to air  October 11th, 2011

Oregon State University hosted a BYUtv production crew for a taping of an episode of “Dining with the Dean” that will premiere in the week prior to the OSU-Brigham Young University clash on the football field. The episode will air at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13 on BYUtv.

Dining with the Dean features two teams vying to win a cash donation for the team as well a $2,000 contribution to the charity of their choosing. Oregon State was represented by two teams of students from Student Leadership and Involvement (SLI) — The Beaver- Bites and the Flat-Tails.

Both teams represented OSU with pride, fun and fierce competitive spirit. Dean Tammy Bray from the OSU College of Public Health and Human Sciences served as the judge to determine the winner. Dean Bray surprised the production team as well as the students with a twist at the end of taping. Watch the premiere episode to learn what the twist was and who the winning team and charity is.

Student Leadership and Involvement is a unit of Student Affairs on the Oregon State campus made up of programs that support the out of classroom experiences of OSU students. The two teams were comprised of students who lead for the Student Events and Activities Program, Memorial Union Program Council, International Students of OSU  and the SLI Info Team.

Team Beaver-Bites was captained by Alan Louie and the Flat-Tails by Nik Bowen.

The College of Public Health and Human Sciences vision of “Lifelong health and well being for every person, every family, every community” made Dean Bray the perfect judge of the student efforts in creating a healthy three course meal with only $30. Each team was charged with reviewing and incorporating the ideas from the new “MY Plate” guidelines into the meal as suggested by “Be Well BE Orange” campaign at OSU.

BYUtv is available on  channel 9403 for all Dish Network programming packages, and on  channel 374 for all DIRECTV programming packages. BYUtv is also available via cable, so you may check your local listings.

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Photo: PHHS Dean Tammy Bray and OSU students share a laugh while filming Dining With The Dean.




On-campus nutritious eating options evaluated  October 15th, 2010

[The Daily Barometer] -On campus, there is no shortage of options on where to dine. No matter where you are, a place to eat is just a short walk away.

While many students know where to find food, it is not always obvious whether or not the food being consumed is “healthy,” or even where to find healthy eating options. <more>

Positive response to Orange Rewards Program  October 1st, 2010

[The Daily Barometer] – Last spring, The University Housing and Dining Services enacted the “Orange Rewards” program, which provides discounts from all 28 eateries and coffee shops on campus. The program is open to all students and staff, requiring only a $100 minimum buy-in and an Oregon State ID card.

Arnold Dining Center gets a facelift for 2010  September 28th, 2010

[The Daily Barometer] – The popular food area on the south side of campus has recently reopened with new eats. After being closed for remodeling, the Arnold Dining Center now offers a new and unique variety of foods, and a lot more space. <more>