Aladdin was proud to recently partner with Pine Manor College in Chestnut Hill, MA. Serving up to 600 residential and commuter students, Aladdin made several dining enhancements including the completion of a new dining hall!
The new and wonderful dining hall, a place of comfort and conversation, was upgraded with new flooring, new furniture including high-and low-top seating that added 60 more seats, new serving stations and new menus created by the Aladdin culinary team!
According to Anthony Dedek, Aladdin food service director, one of the reasons that Pine Manor selected Aladdin is the customization offered to students.
“We offer made-to-order grill items in the Showtime Grill, a live action station where our chef prepares everything from stir fries to burgers and more, fresh-dough pizza, an enormous seasonal salad bar, and a comfort zone where homestyle favorites are offered.”
One of the highlights is the noodle station, a growing and ever popular dining trend, where students can build their own and customize their soup bowl with a variety of vegetables and chicken broth. “It’s like a noodle bowl topped with broth which keeps the veggies nice and hot. It’s been very popular. We even have a culinary attendant who operates the station to coach students who are not familiar with the program on how to customize their soup bowl,” says Dedek. The noodle station is offered for lunch and dinner Monday through Friday.
Students also receive a taste of home with comfort meals on the weekends where savory roasted pork loin, turkey, and seasonal vegetables are served. “This creates a more home-like environment for our students.”
In addition to the main dining hall, Café 400, a grab-and-go cafe, also received a new look! Café 400 provides students another dining option when the main dining hall is closed. Students can purchase Starbucks coffee, to-go salads, fruit and a variety of deli-style sandwiches. Open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Café 400 features soft seating for up to 16. “It’s a good meeting area where students can grab a Starbucks, snack and socialize with friends,” adds Dedek.
The official grand opening ceremony was attended by many members of the Board of Trustees including the Board Chair, Rob Utzschneider, members of the Pine Manor College leadership team, and many very happy students. After the ribbon cutting ceremony, President Tom O’Reilly thanked the people and groups that made it all possible: The PMC Board of Trustees, Keith Cullinan and the Aladdin team, Roger Patkin, Jim Piermarini, John Hatch and the grounds and maintenance team.
A big thank you to the Pine Manor College culinary team who contribute to our successful partnership! Anthony Dedek; Terrell Wilson, executive chef; Robert Wilkey, Café 400 retail manager; and David McGurn, district manager.