“Gourmet Dining has transformed our food service program in their first semester at Rider. Their creativity, dedication to excellence in delivery as promised and partnership far exceeds any other food service vendor I have worked with.”Jan Friedman-Krupnick, Assistant VP for Student Affairs, Rider University
Rooted in Transforming the Campus Dining Experience
Gourmet Dining is revolutionizing the campus dining experience by providing guests with award-winning meeting spaces and dining options to choose from, including all-you-care-to-eat dining halls, retail marketplaces, quick service national brands, food trucks, coffee and bake shops and more. Whether they’re sitting down enjoying a balanced meal with friends or grabbing a bite on the go before class, we have just the right venue for them. Through collaboration with our clients, we bring their visions to life, while integrating our own innovative home-grown concepts, transforming the campus dining experience and creating a sense of place and community for all our guests.
Gourmet Dining’s state-of-the-art Teaching Kitchen provides students the opportunity to learn the virtues of healthy eating, life-long cooking skills and to experience the diversity of foods from across the globe in a hands-on, immersive environment right on campus. Students can explore cooking on their own using fresh ingredients from the pantry, watch cooking demonstrations or take a class from highly-trained Gourmet Dining chefs and cooks, as well as celebrity chefs, including Jehangir Mehta, Jet Tila and Norman Van Aken. Our parent company, Compass Group, is a proud sponsor and founding member of the Teaching Kitchen Collaborative, which includes 28 corporations and universities.
Celebrity Chef Partner Profile: Jehangir Mehta
At his famous East Village restaurant Graffiti, as well as in his runner-up performance on The Next Iron Chef, Chef Jehangir Mehta made his name by juxtaposing ingredients, textures, and tastes from his native India with flavors from all around the globe. It is his cultural heritage that fills him with endless inspiration. It all began when Mumbai-born Jehangir took an interest in the goings-on of the kitchen in his childhood home. Chef Mehta is extremely passionate about helping children enjoy food and eat healthfully. Ten years ago, he was a pioneer in this field, when he started “Candy Camp,” a fun-filled private cooking class for children. Today he hosts “Gastro Kids After School,” and works with kids at PS 33 in Manhattan as part of the “Wellness in Schools” initiative.