NDFS provides new food options

first_imgSay goodbye to Greenfields and Irish Ink and welcome Au Bon Pain Express, Einstein Bros. Bagels, Starbucks Coffee and a new catering service offered by Notre Dame Food Services this school year.Greenfields, the cafe formerly located in the Hesburgh Center for International Studies, ceased operations Aug. 22, associate director of Retail Food Service Operations Mark King said. An Au Bon Pain (ABP) Express will take over the location at the end of this month, following minor renovations. The location will offer many of the same pre-packaged sandwiches, salads and fresh pastries available in the Hesburgh library branch and the hours — 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on weekdays — will remain the same.“The Greenfields change was in response to continuing declining customer transactions and a change in patron dining patterns over a number of years,” director of Notre Dame Food Services, Chris Abayasinghe, said.Some students were excited about the expansion of ABP but voiced their disappointment at the loss of Greenfields.“Greenfields offered diversity in food to campus, and although I like ABP, Greenfields will be sorely missed,” junior Laura LeBrun said.“The best grilled cheese on campus is now gone,” junior Lisa Wuertz added.The space that served as Greenfields’ kitchen area for 23 years will be converted for ABP catering, which will make a new catering menu available for campus events. Box lunches for events will be replaced by ABP bag lunches, Abayasinghe said. This change is in conjunction with the University’s launching of the Center for Culinary Excellence (CCE), which is set to release new catering menus on Monday.“We serve over 8,000 events per year, and a majority of these events were coming out of our kitchen at North Dining Hall,” Abayasinghe said. “The Catering program outgrew the infrastructure at NDH, and we made the investment at CCE after careful thought and review.”Food service changes also are underway at two locations of the Hammes Notre Dame Bookstore. Einstein Bros. Bagels will replace Irish Ink in the campus bookstore with an expected opening date of Nov. 10, Abayasinghe said. Renovation of the space is scheduled to begin Oct. 20. When completed, the branch will offer a full menu, and its hours will align with those of the bookstore. David Werda, director of retail operations, hopes the brand’s popularity will bring new life to the store.The bookstore location on Eddy Street now includes a Starbucks Coffee, which opened Aug. 18. The branch includes a new full-service cafe with Notre Dame-themed decor.“We are looking at a retail study to review all of our restaurants on campus,” Abayasinghe said. “Stay tuned.”Tags: Au Bon Pain, Einstein Bros., Greenfields, Notre Dame Food Services, Starbuckslast_img read more

Report estimates visitors spent $1.6 billion in Vermont in 2007

first_imgVisitors to the Green Mountain State spent more than $1.61 billion for goods and services in 2007, according to a recent study that measures the impact of visitor spending on the Vermont economy.The study, prepared by Economic and Policy Resources (EPR) of Williston, shows that visitors made an estimated 14.3 million trips to Vermont in 2007, an increase of 7 percent from 2005. Vermont s travel and tourism industry continues to experience steady growth, said Gov. Jim Douglas.  Vermont has outstanding brand recognition and is fortunate to have more than 80 million people living within a day s drive.Visitor spending in Vermont supported approximately 37,490 jobs for Vermont workers and business owners. There are nearly 60,000 jobs in the Vermont hospitality sector, many of which are supported locally.Vermont s merchants get a greater proportion of revenues from visitor spending than nearly any other state, with retail, restaurant and other services being two or three times more dependent on visitor spending than the national average.  In addition, visitor spending contributed $206.9 million in tax and fee revenues to state coffers in the General, Education and Transportation Funds. The hospitality industry is one of the main drivers of the Vermont economy, said Vermont Tourism and Marketing Commissioner Bruce Hyde. Many entry-level positions exist that often become high paying professional jobs for Vermonters. In fact, the Vermont tourism employee who is the primary wage earner in their household had total earnings income of $42,350 per year, an income 15 percent above the average income of $36,949 for all employed individuals in Vermont, Hyde said.The study also looks at many other aspects of the industry, including average visitor spending, visitor expenditures by category, seasonal occupancy rates for Vermont lodging properties and a comparison of lodging establishments by size.The state s methodology focuses on direct visitor spending, which is the standard used at the national level by organizations such as the U.S. Travel Association.The complete report is available online on the Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing s industry website at www.VermontPartners.org(link is external).last_img read more

EPL: Red Devils set to dim Brighton

first_imgRelatedPosts Man U complete £40m Van de Beek deal PSG ponder Ighalo move If UK can feed school children during lockdown, why can’t Nigeria?, by Onyema Dike Man U vs. Brighton Venue: Old Trafford Kick off: 3PMManchester United welcome Brighton & Hove Albion to Old Trafford with both sides looking for a win heading into the international break. The Red Devils currently sit 14th in the Premier League table, two points behind Graham Potter’s Seagulls. United responded from their loss to Bournemouth last weekend by beating Partizan Belgrade 3-0 on Thursday, a result that took their run to just one defeat in six since the last international break. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men were highly impressive in the week and they could quite easily have had five or six, with Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood dovetailing well. United will be looking for more of the same against a Brighton side whose expansive style means that they can be a little suspect defensively when hit with pace on the counter. The only downsides from Thursday’s game were the knocks picked up by Scott McTominay and Harry Maguire, who have been influential in United looking more solid defensively for the most part during this campaign and being able to play out from the back. Solskjaer will be hoping that both are fine to play at the weekend as United are currently riddled with injuries, with seven first team regulars already ruled out and Ashley Young suspended. Central to their effectiveness on Sunday will be Rashford, who has been their most productive player in the Premier League this season, scoring five and creating another three. The academy product is one of just four people to score for United in their first 11 league games, a number joint with Crystal Palace as the lowest in the division. More encouragingly for United is the fact that they are unbeaten in their last 41 home leagues matches in the month of November, a record stretching back to 1996. Brighton are reaping the rewards of Graham Potter’s attack-minded football and they could make it three wins on the spin with victory today. The former Swansea coach has set the Seagulls up to press in numbers and continually look for openings, an approach that has seen them look threatening and ask questions of every team they’ve faced this season. Key to that has been both their success in the air, an area where United have often struggled of late, and the influence of their substitutes, with both Shane Duffy and Leandro Trossard scoring after coming off the bench last weekend against Norwich City. Their attacking intent and the fact that Solskjaer’s side have only kept two clean sheets in their last 22 Premier League matches suggests that Brighton will have chances during today’s game. The Seagulls, who have a mostly-fit squad, will be hoping that United are suffering from a European hangover after playing on Thursday, something that would allow them to make a strong start and put the home team under pressure. While Brighton’s away record against the traditional top six in England’s top flight isn’t great, they have beaten the Manchester side twice since being promoted to the Premier League. However, both of those wins have come at the Amex Stadium and, in fact, all four games between the two in the league over the last two seasons have been won by the home side and all four have been decided by a one-goal margin. Man U possible XI: De Gea, Wan-Bissaka, Maguire, Rojo, Williams, McTominay, Fred, James, Lingard, Rashford, Martial. Brighton & Hove Albion possible XI: Ryan, Montoya, Duffy, Dunk, Burn, Trossard, Gross, Stephens, Alzate, Maupay, Connolly.Tags: Manchester United FCMarcus RashfordOle Gunnar Solskjaerlast_img read more