On November 11, 2014, the new Center for Culinary Excellence was introduced to the campus community. Located in the former Food Services Support Facility, the Center houses a new catering kitchen, cook and chill operation, bakery, and Grab-n-Go program and will prepare food for the dining halls, campus cafes, and catered events. From here, food supplies can now be delivered directly to campus units instead of being delivered to a central storage area first.
The relocation of the campus catering operation from the North Dining Hall to the Center for Culinary Excellence achieves the long-held goal of physically separating the catering and student dining functions, allowing for improvement in both areas. It also presents opportunities for renovating the North Dining Hall.