Hanover College has entered into a long-term contract with Parkhurst Dining to manage the College’s food service and catering operations, President Lake Lambert has announced.
A family-operated company, Parkhurst is a division of the Eat’n Park Hospitality Group, headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pa. Parkhurst has been recognized with awards from Food Management Magazine, International Foodservice Manufacturers Association, The American Culinary Federation, FoodService Director Magazine, and others, for its dining-service management, commitment to high-quality, locally sourced ingredients and a fresh approach to food preparation. With specialization in private college and university food services and corporate dining, the company also is committed to sustainability and high client satisfaction.
Hanover’s partnership with Parkhurst will provide an increase in menu options, greater accessibility to dining facilities and more formats for feedback at two dining areas in the J. Graham Brown Campus Center. Expanded dining hours will be available for students and employees with unconventional schedules.
With an emphasis on sustainability and the environment, Parkhurst chefs will prepare scratch-made foods for breakfast, lunch, dinner and on-the-go, as well as provide catering services for meetings and special events.
A leader in the dining industry when it comes to sustainability, Parkhurst has been a pioneer in the farm-to-table movement since 2002 when it developed its FarmSource® program. The program finds and partners with local growers and family-owned farms for produce and artisanal products within a 150-mile radius of any given site, and meat within a 400-mile radius. More than 20 percent of food served by Parkhurst is sourced locally.
A passion for creating and enjoying good food drives Parkhurst’s approach to offering meals that are fresh, made-from-scratch and cooked in small batches. The campus community will be able to select from a creative mix of nutritionally balanced entrees prepared with fresh-cut vegetables, lean proteins and healthy grains. Diners also will enjoy multicultural foods, fresh vegetarian and vegan entrees, along with an extensive salad bar, featuring soups made from homemade stock.
Renovation projects will breathe new life into Hanover’s main dining room and alternate dining space, The Underground.
The main dining room, which seats nearly 300, will feature a stone-hearth oven, cooking-demonstration-equipped action station, breakfast nook and additional stations for drinks and desserts.
Parkhurst’s significant contribution to the Underground will feature two new dining options for the fall semester: Cinco Cantina and Firehouse Grille. The space will also feature a newly built Starbucks We Proudly Serve café and enhanced seating and decor throughout the space.
Cinco Cantina is a customizable, fresh Mexican concept, while Firehouse Grille will offer hand-breaded chicken, fresh, never frozen hamburgers, house-made macaroni and cheese and hand-cut French fries.
The On the Go! area will feature a wide variety of freshly prepared and packaged soups, salads, sandwiches and snacks. The Starbucks café, which will replace the existing coffee shop in the Withrow Activities Center, will serve iconic coffee and espresso drinks, including the popular Starbucks Frappuccino® drinks.
The Underground will soon be assessed for its eventual renovation. Alterations to the main dining room will begin in June and be completed prior to the start of the 2018-19 academic year.