Every year, students and faculty at Niagara University have the opportunity to give back during the holiday season to the local community. Campus Ministry holds their annual Adopt-A-Family program which gives Christmas gifts to families in the surrounding area that are in need. Niagara University and Campus Ministry work with Summit Life, which is a crisis pregnancy center that local families go to when they need help.
At Summit Life, the families can fill out forms which are then passed to Campus Ministry. Groups of students, faculty, organizations, clubs and sports teams can all sign up to “adopt” one of these families. Some of these clubs and organizations will hold fundraisers on campus to raise money to buy gifts for their family or families, if they adopted more than one. The different organizations will sell blankets, sweatshirts and they even sell grilled cheese in the dorm halls. Gifts range from toys and clothes for children, to kitchenware, bus passes and clothes for parents. Summit Life asks that gifts are to be wrapped only for parents and that the children’s gifts are left unwrapped, so the parents are still able to experience the joy of wrapping gifts for their children.
We started our annual Thanksgiving Pie sales on November 1st and all the proceeds will go towards Adopt-A-Family. Guests will have the chance to order pies baked by our Pastry Chef to bring to their Thanksgiving Dinner. There are a variety of flavors to choose from, including apple, pumpkin and a few other classics. Pie order forms can be picked up in the Grove in the Gallagher Center or ask one of our team members to assist you. The last day to order a pie is November 20th and pies will be available to pick up on November 25th until November 27th. All the money from our pie sale will go towards the families we adopted. Last year our team raised over $400 in Pie Sales. We gave our families that we adopted clothes, toys, hygiene products, bus passes and food for their holiday dinner.
This year, our team adopted two families, one larger family and a medium sized one. We also give each family a turkey, sides and a homemade pie so they can have a home cooked meal for the holidays. The Adopt-A-Family program embodies the University’s Vincentian mission and Metz Culinary Management’s family-driven mission. Our team is so grateful to be a part of such a heartwarming program during this holiday season.
There are two main ways for Residential students to pay when dining on campus, with Gally Gold and Meal Swipes. We have two options for Residential students to choose from. We also have two options for Commuters to choose from, varying in amount of entrances to the Dining Commons and the amount of Gally Gold. A new program we started this semester is Purple Spatula, which gives a student the option to cook a meal in the comfort of their home or apartment.
When a student swipes into the Dining Commons, they have different stations to choose from. There is a yogurt bar that serves fresh fruit, yogurt and granola. At the salad station called GreenScene, a student can make their own salads or try one of our exciting composed salads that we rotate daily. There are always two different types of soups served daily at DuJour. Served at the LiveWell station are gluten free, vegetarian and vegan options. We also have been showcasing the Beyond® Meat in different options, providing the vegan community here on campus some of their favorites such as cheeseburgers, stuffed peppers and Shepherd's Pie. At the Market Street Deli, students can make their own sandwich, panini or wrap. They can choose between different deli meats, tofu, vegetables, breads, spreads and sauces. Just Desserts has a various amount of cakes, cupcakes, brownies, pastries and an ice cream station. We also have many different vegan dessert options. Our ice cream comes from Perry’s Ice Cream®, a local company located right in Buffalo, only 35 miles from campus. Villa Toscana has different pastas and pizzas students can choose from. We also give the option of a vegetable or protein at the pasta station such as meatballs or steamed broccoli. Daily at the Grille, students can order chicken fingers, grilled chicken, burgers and cheese quesadillas. Main Plate offers students four to five options to choose from. These options are a variety of starch, vegetables and protein. Bravo! is an action station that allows students to watch a Metz team member prepare their meal in front of them. There are a multitude of toppings offered that can be chosen from or you can request all of them! Sometimes Bravo! offers chicken wings, tacos, milkshakes, or stir fry.
The Gallagher Center is our food court here on campus. The Gallagher Center has some different options such as Poblano’s, the Gally Grill, and Fusion as well as some more known brands such as Tim Horton’s® and Subway®. At the Gallagher Center, a student is allowed to use their Gally Gold, also known as flex dollars, to use at any of these concepts. Another great reason why students should add Gally Gold instead of using cash, credit or debit, or campus funds is because it is pre-taxed dollars so a guest will save that 8% on each transaction. At Subway, students can order subs, wraps or salads. Poblano’s offers rice bowls, quesadillas, tacos, and burritos. Poblano’s also has a daily special Monday-Friday providing a meal deal for a combo for guests. A favorite snack guests love is the queso and chips! At the Gally Grill, students can order chicken fingers, pizza logs, French fries, sweet potato fries, wraps, burgers and hot dogs. The Executive Chef, Marketing Manager, and Retail Manager have created an exciting rotation of two specials per day at the Grill to create combo meals. At Fusion, guests can create their own noodle bowl. They can choose their protein, noodles, veggies and broth that goes in it. We have vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free options available at Fusion as well. The Grove is the store in the Gallagher Center that has snacks, medicine and different beverages.
At The Grove, students can buy Purple Spatula meals to take home to learn how to cook. These are meal kits for easy cooking at home or in an apartment. Students can also buy microwavable meals to warm up if they are on the go. We have started this new Purple Spatula concept this semester and have noticed positive feedback especially on the microwavable meals as we are offering chicken tenders and pizza logs. Students can order coffee, breakfast sandwiches, and various baked goods at Tim Horton’s®. There is also a Tim Horton’s coffee nook in Bisgrove. Students can order iced coffee, coffee, hot chocolate and baked goods here as well.
Metz Culinary Management understands the needs of the students and guests here at Niagara University, and we strive to ensure we provide delicious, healthy, gluten free, vegetarian and vegan options. Whether a student is a commuter or a resident, they have the opportunity to be a part of a meal plan or to use Gally Gold whenever they are hungry
Metz Culinary Management is a family-driven company whose values are shown in day-to-day operations. The values are Hospitality, Fun, Integrity and Fairness, Quality, Balance, Respect and Caring. Metz is a company that celebrates the success of others and recognizes the best in the workers.
Metz is an amazing company, but it wouldn’t be what it is today without the employees. The workers are the heart of the company and without them, our facilities wouldn’t be able to run successfully on a day-to-day basis. Metz gives so many people endless opportunities when working for their company.
At Niagara, we value and appreciate all of our employee’s hard work that they do day in and day out. One employee that leaves an impression on everyone she interacts with is Danielle Kloosterman.
Danielle has been working at Niagara University for almost 25 years. She has held many different positions throughout her time here. Danielle works at the ice cream station and always makes sure the desserts are filled. Danielle is always cautious about food allergies as they are very serious. She ensures guests know what is in their ice cream to prevent any issues. The one thing she loves most about her job is interacting with students and meeting new people. Danielle especially loves talking with ROTC and the Police Academy. She also comes in early before each shift to talk and tell us about her day and how much she enjoys working with us.
Danielle said that this job has brought her countless opportunities and many new friends. One of her favorite memories is getting to know a new employee, showing them around our facility, and introducing them to other team members. Without Danielle, our guest experience wouldn’t be as special. We thank Danielle for her many years of service and many more to come!
Emily S. is a Niagara University undergraduate student majoring in Event Management. She is currently serving as Metz Culinary Management's 2019-2020 marketing intern.