Throughout the month of October Sodexo has numerous Marketplace Madness events planned for dining at Adrian College.
On Oct. 14 there was a black licorice eating contest in Ritchie Market Place during lunch hours. There was also a summer luau for dinner that day as a last farewell to summer, and welcome to fall.
The next day, Oct. 15, was National Cake Decorating Day. There was a dessert station available where students and consumers could decorate their own Bulldog cupcakes.
Also, Oct. 28 is “Bulldog Day” where Sodexo will be offering “dog bone” treats in the dessert area.
Candy corn will be present in Ritchie Oct. 29 in honor of National Candy Corn Day. Halloween is also National Caramel Apple Day and Sodexo plans on offering caramel apples during the meals on Oct. 31 to celebrate.
Nikki Partee is the food service manager for Sodexo and works with staffing, safety, marketing and promotions. She contributed to the various Marketplace Madness events.
“I think [the semester] has gone well,” Partee said.
She said that the dining hall has been busier because of the large student count, but that Sodexo is trying their best to accommodate students.
October is also Breast Cancer Awareness month. One way Sodexo is recognizing this is by selling Yoplait yogurt with pink lids in Caine Student Center and collecting the lids in the dining hall. For every pink lid collected, Yoplait is donating 10 cents to help fight breast cancer.
One change students have noticed in Ritchie in the past weeks has been with Trayless “T” days. As a way to cut down on wasted food and water consumption Sodexo partnered with the AC Green Action Club to promote these days. Every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday the trays were taken out of Ritchie. According to the official Sodexo website by going trayless, wasted food is reduced by 30 percent or more. Recently, however, these days were eliminated.
“We were requested to stop,” Partee said. “[It’s] something we tried and it didn’t go over so well.”
Another addition to the dining hall are three flat screen TVs, but Sodexo was not in charge of these new installments. They’re not sure where the TVs came from (possibly an alumnus donation), but they have been discussing the idea of adding TVs for a while.
Yet another change that has taken place in Sodexo is the addition of new staff.
“I am getting a student promotions coordinator,” Partee said.
According to Partee, Leah Wismer has recently been hired as this coordinator to help manage a Facebook page for Sodexo and work with the promotions that take place in the dining hall.
Partee is excited for the addtions and how they aim to improve the overall atmosphere and dining experience through Sodexo.
“Special dinners and events will be even better,” Partee said.