New food service provider Compass Group takes over July 1

Northwestern Now: Summaries

Northwestern University’s new food service partner, Compass Group, will welcome its first diners Sunday, July 1, as the new food service provider takes over Northwestern’s dining program.Summer campers, conference guests and the campus community will find new menus and other upgrades, including a dedicated dietitian who will focus on meeting special dietary needs.Compass will assume operation of all aspects of Northwestern dining July 1 except those at Kellogg School of Management. Compass will take over dining at Kellogg starting Sept. 1.In addition, two temporary restaurants will open at Norris Center on Monday, July 2: Burger 847, which will serve hamburgers, salads and sides, and Build, a build-your-own pizza restaurant. Starting July 9, a food truck from Evanston restaurant La Concinita will be available outside Norris.All three will serve the Northwestern community through the summer while permanent Norris restaurants — including Juicy Lucy, Asiana Foodville, Budlongs Hot Chicken and MOD Pizza — are under construction. Those restaurants are scheduled to open in late August.Jim Roberts, senior executive director of division services at Northwestern, said the transition to Compass will include new initiatives that will benefit students, faculty, staff and visitors.“Throughout the vendor selection process, Northwestern prioritized the ability to expand our program to meet the dietary needs of our students and guests,” Roberts said. “We felt confident Compass Group could meet our expectations, and we are excited our partnership with them is beginning.”Representatives from Compass said they understand the importance of providing meals that meet the diverse needs of the University’s guests during the school year as well as the summer. “We are dedicated to working with guests individually to provide dining experiences that match their lifestyles and dining needs, and we will ensure special dietary offerings are part of the regular menu offerings,” said Lisa Carlson, a registered dietitian with Chartwells Higher Education, within Compass Group. “I am …

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