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CulinArt Puts 'Food First'

7 February 2013 No Comment

Shift supervisor Antoine Brown is ready for the morning rush at the new cafe on the first floor of the SMC Campus Center. Culin Art To-Go serves Starbucks coffee in addition to bagels, pastries, sushi, soup, and other light fare (Photo by Tracy Gnadinger).

Jenny Owens, assistant director of student communications in the Office of Campus Life, interviewed Joe Ginder, general manager of CulinArt, the University’s new food service in the Southern Management Corporation (SMC) Campus Center.

Jenny Owens: Let’s talk about CulinArt. What should students, faculty, and staff expect from our new food service?

Joe Ginder: We are a chef-driven company that prides itself on delivering outstanding food and great service. “Food First” is our motto. We offer fresh and healthy menu choices as well as vegetarian and 500-calorie options on our Café menus. CulinArt also has an extensive catering menu for events.  

JO: A lot of people are excited about the CulinArt To-Go on the first floor of the SMC Campus Center, which serves Starbucks coffee. Do you have any specials or deals for regulars? 

JG: We are offering a $1 grand opening discount to anyone who brings his/her own coffee mug. We also offer Starbucks reusable mugs for sale.

JO:  Do you have any breakfast options? 

JG: We offer breakfast sandwiches with egg and cheese, as well as sausage and bacon, in CulinArt To-Go. Oatmeal also is available. In the second-floor Café, we offer hot breakfast made to order, as well as an assortment of cold cereal and fresh fruit.

JO:  Do you work with local vendors and farmers?

JG: We have relationships with Lancaster Farm Fresh, which is a cooperative of family farms in south central Pennsylvania that offers seasonal fruits and vegetables, as well as an assortment of meats, cheeses, and apple products (cider, applesauce, apple butter, etc.), and honey.

JO:  What is CulinArt’s commitment to sustainability?

JG: We are extremely aware of and responsive to the importance of being good stewards of our environment: we purchase locally, when possible, and are invested in recycling. We offer coffee grounds to those who want to compost, and turn our kitchen grease into bio-fuel and soaps. Our green goals are posted in the Café and are available online at our website: umbdining.catertrax.com.

JO:  A lot of people here at the University have made resolutions to eat better in the new year. Do you provide healthy food options?

JG: The Café menu is notated with items that are “Fresh & Healthy,” “Vegan,” “Vegetarian,” and “Reduced Calorie.”
Every day these types of offerings will be interspersed throughout the available menu items.

JO:  Do you have any special deals for student groups? 

JG: We have a catering menu for student groups who want to pick up bulk quantities. 

Hours (Monday through Friday):

CulinArt To-Go, first floor of the SMC Campus Center 
6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

CulinArt Café, second floor of the SMC Campus Center 
Breakfast: 7 to 10 a.m.
Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Additionally, the entrance from the Pratt Street Garage into the SMC Campus Center will be open between 7 and 10 a.m., Monday through Friday.

Email umb@culinartinc.com with general questions or comments. For more information about catering, contact Lindsey Winn at 6-0484 or catering@umaryland.edu. To check out the CulinArt website, visit umbdining.catertrax.com

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