In This Together: Update on Food Services activities

As part of our In This Together DC email series, today’s update will provide you with details about ongoing Food Services activities.

On June 27, Durham College (DC) entered into a new food service contract with Compass Group Canada, commonly known as Chartwells. We have been working closely with Chartwells regarding changes to the food service program in order to provide a variety of menus, new concepts and new looks within our current food service locations that will benefit the entire campus community.

Some of the exciting new features to look forward to include:

  • A full Starbucks in the South Wing (previously home to Country Style and Mr. Sub). This location is tentatively scheduled to be open for January 2021.
  • The South Village Dining Hall will be renovated to provide a brighter, cleaner look and will continue to offer the All You Care to Dine program. The resident chef will develop menus with balanced meals made from nourishing, sustainable and delicious ingredients. Included in this transformation are concepts such as The Sprout, Global Village, BYO Bowl, and La Cucina.
  • The Marketplace will also receive a renovation with new concepts, including: San Marzano (pizza concept), a global rotating menu that will feature Greek cuisine, a create your own bowl, Taste of India and other offerings throughout the year.
  • Subway will be added to the Whitby campus cafeteria, along with some internal Chartwells brands.
  • Our much-loved Tim Hortons locations will continue to be active in Whitby and Oshawa, although the self-serve locations in the C-Wing, Galleria and Whitby in-shop kiosk) will initially remain closed when we return to campus to allow for a reformatted version to take shape that respects our new social distancing standards.
  • The Booster Juice and a new grill concept in the Student Centre will now be operated by Durham College Students Inc.

Chartwells is very excited to start the new operations at DC. They are taking great care to ensure COVID-19 health and safety considerations are in place when it is safe to re-open food service on campus. Their plan, called Project Spark, includes implementation of social distancing, fully-trained staff on COVID-19 best practices for food services, and enhanced quality assurance and cleaning. As an example, a new mobile app called Boost will be implemented at all food service locations to avoid double handling of food orders. More to come on this in the days ahead.

We are excited about our new campus partnership and we look forward to serving you when you return to campus.

Alan Dunn,
Associate vice-president, Facilities and Ancillary Services