December 19, 2008

Dining Options for Holiday Break and Winterim

All Blugold Dining locations, with the exception of Blu Plate Diner in Marketplace, will be closed until the Winterm session begins on January 5th. Blu Plate Diner will be open 7:30am to 3pm for breakfast and lunch, Monday, Tuesday and Friday of Christmas week and New Year’s Week.
Blu Plate Diner, Sub Connection and a self-serve salad bar will be available starting Monday, January 5th.
For a complete listing of dining locations and hours, please visit our website.

Happy Holidays!

Blugold Dining would like to thank all students, faculty and staff for their patronage over the past school year. On behalf of our all employees, we wish everyone a great holiday break and wonderful New Year! We hope to see you next semester!

December 13, 2008

Free Coffee

Did you know you can FREE cup of delicious Green Mountain coffee at Library Grounds or Davies Corner Store? Look for your coupon printed in the back of the new UW-Eau Claire Campus Directory and visit us today!

December 12, 2008

Finals Week Specials and Night Owl Hours

Blugold Dining will be offering extended hours and late-night, study break specials next week in Marketplace, Hilltop Center Food Court and Library Grounds .
Library Grounds will be open until 1am, Sunday through Wednesday, and offer $1 Hot Tea, $2 Hot Chocolates and $3 Cappuccinos from 10pm to 1am each night. Marketplace will extend its hours to 10pm, Sunday through Wednesday and feature $1 House Coffee and $1 Giant Cookies from 8 to 10pm each night.Hilltop Center Food Court will be open until midnight on Monday and Tuesday and feature a 20 oz. fountain soda and any regular size candy bar snack combo for $1.89!
Good luck on your finals and have a great holiday break!

December 5, 2008

The Dulany Holiday Buffet

Students, faculty and staff are invited to celebrate the holiday season this year at our annual Dulany Holiday Buffet on Monday, December 15th, from 11am to 1:30pm. This year’s buffet will feature several delicious entrees including herb-Dijon crusted beef, grilled teriyaki apricot chicken, portobello mushroom ratatouille, plus assorted appetizers, side dishes, salads and desserts, all for $8.05 per person. To reserve a table for the buffet, please call the Blugold Dining office at 836-5261. Pre-paid tickets may also be purchased in our Davies Center office. We hope to see you there!

December 4, 2008

Holiday Gift Ideas

Looking for a holiday gift for a friend or colleague? Blugold Dining has a number of ideas for you to choose from! Blugold Dining Gift Cards are available in $5, $10, $25 & $50 denominations and can be used at any dining area on campus. Coffee lovers will appreciate a Green Mountain travel mug from Intermezzo’s Café – plus the discounts on each refill! And finally, delicious Hilltop Bakery treats like our frosted cut-out cookies, cakes or tortes can be ordered anytime! If you have any questions, please call us at 836-5261 or visit our office in Davies Center!

November 25, 2008

To All Meal Plan Holders

Your meal plan coincides with when the University conducts classes. The University controls when you are able to use your meal plan. There are several weeks throughout the school year which are partial weeks.

You have only paid for a partial week, not a whole week. Thanksgiving week is an example of a partial week with no meals being served on Thursday, Friday or Saturday. All meal plans for the Thanksgiving break were pro-rated by 57%.

Any questions regarding your meal plan should be directed to the Blugold Card Office.

Thank you.

November 21, 2008

Thanksgiving Week Hours

Blugold Dining will have some limited hours the week of Thanksgiving.

On Wednesday, November 26th, the following locations will close early : The Terrace and Riverview Cafe (close at 1:30pm), Intermezzos Cafe (close at 2pm), Marketplace (close at 4pm), Davies Corner Store (close at 4pm), Hilltop Center Food Court (close at 6pm). Cafe a la Cart, Higherground and Library Grounds will be closed all day Wednesday though the weekend.

No dining areas will be open on Thanksgiving Day.

On Friday, November 28th, Blu Plate Diner in Marketplace will be open from 7:30am to 3pm.

For a complete listing of hours through the weekend, please visit the Blugold Dining website at

November 17, 2008

Thanksgiving Dinner

Join us for a special Thanksgiving Dinner the evening of Tuesday, November 25th at The Terrace and Riverview Cafe. We will be serving turkey with mashed potatoes, gravy and stuffing, plus delicious side dishes, soups and salad bar. Desserts will include traditional pumpkin pie as well as pumpkin bars and pumpkin ice cream!

November 14, 2008

Cans Across America

Thank You to everyone who participated in our Cans Across America food drive! We were able to raise 2,947 pounds of food to donate to the Feed My People food bank in Eau Claire. Congratulations to NSSLHA, the student group winning a free pizza party and Activities and Programs, the faculty/staff group winning a free lunch in The Dulany!

November 13, 2008

Congratulations to Drawing Winners

Blugold Dining would like to thank everyone who participated in our recent promotions at SubConnection, Intermezzos Café and Library Grounds over the last two weeks and congratulate the following drawing winners:- $100 Nike gift card from SubConnection: Cole Schieiner- $50 Blugold Dining Gift Card from Library Grounds: Janet Patterson- Green Mountain Travel Mug and $10 Blugold Dining gift card from Intermezzos Cafe: Stacie Druga, Kendra Zreck, Katie Iverson, Sadie Schmidt, Erin Haas, Amanda Wilkens, Ashley Zellhoffer & Troy Thompson.

November 6, 2008

Food Committee

Food Committee Reminder
Do you have a food question, comment or concern you would like to address with us? Attend our weekly Dining Committee meetings and talk directly to Blugold Dining staff and university administrators. Meetings are held every week at 4pm in the Arrowhead room of Davies Center.

November 3, 2008

Native American Buffet in The Dulany

Join us as we celebrate Native American History Month in The Dulany with a special heritage buffet on November 6 from 11am to 1:30pm. The buffet will feature a number of Native American entrees and sides including corn soup, sunflower bannock, venison sausage with peppers and onions, oven baked buffalo roast, pan roasted corn kernels, plus desserts such as maple pumpkin cheesecake, sweet potato pie, berry & corn cobbler and more! The buffet is $8.05 per person. Reservations are recommended – call Blugold Dining at 715-836-5261.

October 31, 2008

Doritos Sampling

On Monday, November 3 and Election Day, Tuesday, November 4, Blugold Dining will be giving away free bags of Doritos collisions in an effort to encourage students, faculty and staff to vote. Booths will be set up in Marketplace and the Hilltop Center Food Court each day, and information regarding how and where to vote will be available. More information on the voting process can be found on the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire website:

October 24, 2008

Specials at Intermezzos Café

Visit Intermezzo Café between October 27 -31 for some exciting specials! All week we will feature $.50 coffee refills plus you can register for a chance to win a $50 Blugold Dining Gift Card! On Wednesday, October 29, we will be giving away a FREE Green Mountain travel mug loaded with a $10 Blugold Dining gift card, every hour from 7am to 3pm! Intermezzos Café serves many flavors of organic and Fair Trade Green Mountain Coffee plus all your favorite espresso beverages, and many other popular drinks. Stop in soon - we look forward to seeing you!

October 22, 2008

The Dulany Halloween Buffet is Coming Soon!

Blugold Dining invites you to our exciting Dulany Halloween Buffet on Friday, October 31, from 11am to 1:30pm in the Council Fire Room of Davies Center. We will feature a number of Halloween themed appetizers, salads, entrees, side dishes and desserts, all served in a fun and spooky atmosphere. Students, faculty, staff and the public are welcome to attend. Seating fills quickly, so call the Blugold Dining office at 836-5261 to reserve your table. To save time waiting in line, tickets may be purchased in advance at our office in Davies Center (room 227). $8.05 per person.

October 17, 2008

Specials at Library Grounds and SubConnection

Stop by Library Grounds in the McIntyre Library or SubConnection at the Hilltop Center Food Court or Marketplace October 20-24 for some great specials and more.

Visit Library Grounds and enjoy $.50 coffee refills all week, plus register to win a $50 Blugold Dining gift card! On Tuesday and Wednesday morning we will be serving free samples of some of our popular beverages outside the Garfield Avenue entrance.

SubConnection in the Hilltop Center Food Court and Marketplace we will feature selected six inch subs on Wednesday and Thursday for just $1.99 each! On Wednesday choose from the Louisiana Beef and Cheddar or the Italian Sub for $1.99 and on Thursday try the Chicken Parmesan or Salami, also for $1.99 each! Plus you can register all week to win a $100 Nike gift card!

October 16, 2008

Trayless Days

As part of UW-Eau Claire’s Sustainable Week, Blugold Dining will go trayless from Tuesday, October 21 through Thursday, October 23. By not using trays we lessen the environmental impact we generate here on campus. A significant amount of water and electricity is saved, food waste is diverted from landfills and above all, we make a small dent in reducing carbon emissions.

October 10, 2008

Dulany Latino Buffet and Upcoming Holiday Theme Buffets

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, the Dulany hosted the 4th annual Sabor Latino buffet on Thursday, October 9th. Over 125 students, faculty, staff and community members attended, including a local high school group! The menu included several popular Hispanic entrees, side dishes, salads and desserts in a festive atmosphere.

If you missed the Hispanic buffet, make plans to attend our spectacular holiday theme buffets. The Halloween buffet will be Friday, October 31st, the Thanksgiving buffet is Thursday, November 13th and the Winter Holiday buffet will be Monday, December 15th. All upcoming theme buffets will be held in the Council Fire Room (Davies Center) from 11am – 1:30pm, and feature appetizers, entrees, sides, salads and desserts. Seating is limited, so call the Blugold Dining office at 715-836-5261 to reserve your table early! We hope to see you soon!

October 9, 2008

Trayless Tuesday Savings

Blugold Dining is excited to share with you the most recent results of our ongoing Trayless Tuesdays program. On Tuesday, September 16th we disposed of 245 pounds of solid food and 14 gallons of liquid. Compared to the next day, Wednesday, September 17th, students disposed of 425 pounds of solid food and 21 gallons of liquid, resulting in a savings of 180 pounds of solid food and 7 gallons of liquids not wasted.

On the following Tuesday, September 23rd, 295 pounds of solid food and 14 gallons of liquid were disposed of. On Wednesday, September 24th , 370 pounds of solid food and 20 gallons of liquid thrown, a savings of 75 pounds of food waste and 6 gallons of liquids between the two days! We would like to thank students, faculty and staff for their cooperation, together we can make a difference!

October 2, 2008

Composting Arrives to UWEC

Another first for the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire! Blugold Dining has been selected to be the first commercial composting site in Eau Claire. Our elation in participating in this exciting new program underscores our commitment to reduce our carbon footprint on this campus. A trial run for this exciting initiative will be held the week of October 6th in Davies Center. Composting bins will be available in all Davies Center dining areas as well as other locations throughout the building. All food scraps are compostable along with our new Green Mountain coffee cups, lids, cup sleeves and stir sticks. Other compostable items include our eco-friendly paper plates, brown napkins, clear plastic cups, straws and utensils. All appropriate waste placed in the bins will be taken by Veolia Environmental Services to a local composting facility to be converted into bio friendly waste. If you have any questions about the composting trial, please let us know! We look forward to hearing from you.

September 30, 2008

Theme Buffets in The Dulany

On Thursday, September 18 and Wednesday, September 24, The Dulany hosted two special Chinese- themed buffets which attracted numerous students, faculty and staff to the Davies Center. A number of exciting dishes were served including spicy garlic shrimp, Chinese pork, vegetable stir-fry, and chicken lo Mein, just to name a few. There were also numerous side dishes, as well as two soups and salads available. If you missed the buffet, please make plans to join us for our upcoming Hispanic/Latino buffet on Thursday, October 9th. We will be showcasing popular Latino foods including steamed cod, arroz con pollo, Cuban sandwiches, baked tamales and many other delicious Latino dishes. You may make your reservation today by calling the Blugold Dining office at 715-836-5261. Please make sure to call early as seating fills quickly. We hope to see you there!

September 12, 2008

Join our weekly Dining Committee!

Blugold Dining is committed to bringing you, our guests, great food and excellent customer service on a daily basis. To make sure we are bring our customers the best dining experience possible, we would like to invite all students, faculty and staff to our weekly dining forum in Davies Center. You will be able to tell us what you think about our food and services and get instant feedback from Blugold Dining staff and University Centers Directors. Forums will be held each Tuesday at 4pm in the Arrowhead room of Davies Center. We hope to see you there! Refreshments will be served.

September 8, 2008

Trayless Tuesdays

In an effort to protect our natural resources and support UW-Eau Claire’s Strategic Initiative of Sustainability, Blugold Dining is implementing Trayless Tuesdays this year at all our UW-Eau Claire dining locations. Trays account for a significant portion of our dishwashing – over 6,000 are cleaned each day on campus, resulting in over 396,000 gallons of water being used for this one purpose only. Going trayless lessens the environmental impact we generate here on campus. A significant amount of water and electricity is saved, food waste is diverted from landfills and above all, we make a small dent in reducing carbon emissions. So please join us every Tuesday in going treeless as we strive to become a more eco-friendly and sustainable campus.

September 2, 2008

Eco-Friendly Disposable Products

Many of you have noticed that knives, forks, spoons, plates, cold cups and coffee cups are different. The disposable products now being used at the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire are eco-friendly and can be composted with ease. We at the UW-Eau Claire are trying our best to become more environmentally responsible and conforming to our University’s strategic plan to become an eco-friendly operation. The vast majority of the cost increase for the new disposable items is at exactly what it costs to bring these items onto campus, it is not a revenue generating product. The only exception is charging $.50 for ice water. The price for ice water is actually an effort to encourage the use of reusable water jugs or mugs because that is the most eco-friendly habit to process. Reusable jugs and mugs can be found at the bookstore as well as all retail dining outlets. Thank you for your help and understanding in our efforts to be more responsible with our environment.

August 28, 2008

Welcome Back Students

Blugold Dining would like to take a moment and welcome all new freshmen and returning students back to UW-Eau Claire! We are excited to bring everyone some new dining venues this year and look forward to seeing you! As always, if you have any questions or comments, please let us know – a full list of contact information is located on the left side of this page. Have a safe and successful school year!

New Dining Areas for Fall 2008

Blugold Dining is happy to announce five new dining areas on campus. Sub Connection replaced Blimpie in the Hilltop Center Food Court. Sub Connection serves a variety of hot and cold subs and wraps, along with two daily soups. We will also open a new self-serve salad bar at the Hilltop Center Food Court in the next few weeks. The salad bar will feature a wide selection of fresh vegetables, dressings and other toppings.

In Davies Center, Intermezzos Café is now open and has replaced Jazzman’s Café. Intermezzos features many Fair Trade certified coffees, all served in eco-friendly compostable cups. For your sweet tooth we also feature a large selection of house made muffins, bagels, cookies, cheesecakes and more! Also in Davies Center, a second Sub Connection opened with the same great menu as the Hilltop location. Next door to Davies Center in the McIntyre Library, we are opening Library Grounds in the first floor hallway. Library Grounds features espresso, mochas, lattes and other popular coffee drinks, along with a wide selection of grab and go sandwiches, salads and snacks.

August 4, 2008

New Blu Plate Diner Specials

This summer we are introducing a new and exciting selection of daily lunch specials at Blu Plate Diner. How about some tasty and healthy grilled salmon, exciting tortilla crusted tilapia or savory lemon pepper chicken?

We also have a selection of great salads like our raspberry chicken salad, taco salad or the classic chicken Caesar salad. If you are craving something more indulgent, try our beef chimichangas or the inside-out burger! Visit Blu Plate Diner and try one of our specials today!

July 18, 2008

Green Mountain Update

Jazzman’s Café metamorphosis to Green Mountain Coffee Roasters is underway! Painting and some structural improvements started this week and will continue until the end of the month. Coffee varieties are being evaluated and a new selection of bakery treats for Green Mountain is being developed by our baker. Look for the new Green Mountain Coffee Roasters to open on August 28th! (Click image for larger photo.)

July 7, 2008

New Dining Areas for Fall Semester

Blugold Dining is introducing three new dining options to open this Fall.

SubConnection – Blimpie in the Hilltop Center Food Court and Marketplace will be converted to SubConnection and offer full line of classic, hot and toasted subs, wraps and salads.

Green Mountain Coffee Roasters - Jazzman’s Café in Davies Center will be replaced by Green Mountain Coffee Roasters. Green Mountain will offer all the traditional espresso beverages as well a much larger selection of Organic and Fair Trade Certified coffees all served in eco-friendly cups. A new selection of house made bakery treats will also be available.

Library Coffee Cart – A new coffee cart will be added in the McIntyre Library this fall serving espresso beverages, sandwiches, salads, bakery treats and other on-the-go items. The Coffee Cart will be conveniently located in the main hallway to allow students going to class or studying in the library quick access

June 6, 2008

Welcome to Orientation

Blugold Dining welcomes students and parents to Summer Orientation at UW-Eau Claire! Please join us for lunch at one of our great dining locations such as The Dulany, Marketplace or The Terrace cafeteria in Davies Center. Or, grab a grilled bratwurst or burger from our Brat Tent and listen to some great music on the campus mall. If you have any questions about the dining program at UW-Eau Claire please email us today!

The Dulany Opens for Orientation

This summer The Dulany will be open Monday through Friday from 11am – 1pm, June 9th through June 27th. We will be serving a lighter, summer menu with a variety of hot and cold foods. Campus groups are also welcome to reserve the historic Heritage room in The Dulany for a lunchtime meeting for up to 12 people.

May 13, 2008

Good Luck on Finals!

On behalf of everyone at Blugold Dining, we would like to take a moment and wish everyone “Good Luck” on their finals and say “Thank You” for another great year. We look forward to seeing many of you next year, and wish the best to all the graduating seniors!

Green Mountain Coffee Roasters

Over the summer Jazzman’s Café will undergo a metamorphosis. It will make the transition to a new coffeehouse, one where the bakery changes from breakfast pastries to fine desserts through the day, all accompanied by delicious Green Mountain Coffee.

We are currently thinking of calling the new coffeehouse Intermezzo’s, but what do you think? Give us your suggestions on what the new coffeehouse should be named! For more information on Green Mountain Coffee, visit their website at

Salad Bar back in Marketplace

Starting May 19, Marketplace will again feature the popular Salad Toss salad bar. The salad bar will be open from 10:30am to 2pm Monday through Friday until June 6, and will reopen again in July after Orientation. Let us know how you like our Salad Bar. Do you have ideas for different vegetables, meats or dressings you would like to see offered?

May 1, 2008

Earth Week Update

Thank You to everyone who dined in The Terrace or Riverview Cafe on Trayless Day, Thursday April 24. As a result of going trayless, we were able to reduce food waste by 54%!

Now we want to hear from you! Many college cafeterias across the country have or are considering eliminating trays to reduce food and water waste. Please take a moment and vote in our poll on the bottom of the left column. Please feel free to also leave your comments regarding going trayless here.

April 24, 2008

Administrative Assistants Buffet in The Dulany

On Wednesday, April 23, Blugold Dining hosted their first Administrative Assistants Buffet in The Dulany. The buffet featured three salad mixes with your choice of chicken, salmon or roasted vegetables, Pasta Primavera, two Soups and desserts.

We want to know what you thought of the buffet. If you didn't try the buffet, do you have any suggestions for new theme buffets or menu items? Let us know!

Welcome to Our New Blog

Welcome to Blugold Dining's new blog. We hope that this becomes a place where students, faculty and staff can openly share their thoughts, comments and questions with us.