U of T food menus to feature fresh made-from-scratch meals

healthyGenerations of students have resigned themselves to grazing on junk food and highly processed meals while at school. But things are changing at the University of Toronto’s downtown campus. It will cut ties with its food service provider, Aramark, later this summer and start running most of its on-campus dining options itself, the latest school to satisfy what appears to be a growing appetite for fresh meals.

The move will centralize most of the St. George campus food operations and see a main kitchen provide fresh food to some retail outlets that don’t have kitchens and rely heavily on packaged food, said Anne Macdonald, the university’s director of ancillary services.

Chefs, for example, will cook soups and sauces from scratch instead of ordering from a production facility, Macdonald said.

Such changes were called for by students, faculty and staff in focus groups leading up to the decision not to renew Aramark’s contract, she said.

Will better meals mean sharper concentration in the classroom or fewer visits to the doctor? Time will tell. – CINEWS

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