Just a reminder that the Spring Satisfaction Survey is online now (until 11:59pm Thursday) at www.dining.harvard.edu/survey, and we need your feedback. We’re getting a good response that highlights both those things that need to be fixed and those things that you love. This is the sort of actionable data that helps us make program change, so thank you.
Based on your suggestions, we asked several students to help us write additional questions that would get to the heart of some of your concerns. That same group of students will also help us analyze the data. You should expect a detailed summary shortly after spring break.
On to some of your questions or requests:
Chicken dumpling soup is not on the spring menu. We try to lighten things up at this time of year. But I’m sure it will return in the fall.
Items like cheese wedges will appear on the salad bar from time to time, but are mostly out of our financial reach, especially in light of the sharp price increase in dairy items. That said, the cheese in the deli bar and the shredded cheese on the salad bar is real cheese (not a heavily processed clone) that we’ve just had pre-cut for us.
Fresh fruit salad will appear several times a week at breakfast, cycled with other fruits like melon, grapefruit and pineapple.
We try to feature local apples as much as possible, especially since they are one of the major Massachusetts agricultural products, and I’ll encourage your dining hall toward Fujis if they’re available. Some folks have expressed dislike for local apples, because they are sometimes bruised or less shiny. That’s because they come to us by the bushel basket, just off the orchard, instead of individually packed in a traveling crate as they do from Washington. If you look past the skin, you’ll find local apples to be very juicy and flavorful, in part because they have not endured long storage and travels in a controlled atmosphere.
Brown rice is still available at Lowell – just to the left of the pasta station where it once lived.
And breakfast for lunch – yum! We’ll see what we can do. Is there an optimal day for that, like maybe Fridays?