Dining Services

Dining Services

Central College Dining Services provides superior quality meals and service. We are proactive, responsible and cooperative in meeting your needs. We interact with students on a daily basis and understand the importance of being a positive part of your college experience.

lbs. of food served in 30 minutes at Breakfast of Champions
10% goal for local food purchase
1,400 fresh-baked cookies each Tuesday

The Central Difference

Local Foods Program

Dining Services is committed to creating a sustainable food program where you will enjoy eating locally grown food. We strive to create a program that educates you about the foods you are eating as well as their source. Our mission is to support local small businesses, farms and community as well as cultivate a healthy eating lifestyle.

  • Our goal for the 2015-2016 school year is to serve at least 10 percent locally grown foods.
    • This includes fresh meats, dairy products and produce.
  • The Central Market staff has embraced the local idea and has made fresh dill and sweet pickles from the cucumbers we received from local farmers.
  • When we receive tomatoes from the garden, we make our own homemade marinara and salsa that are featured at various meals.
  • For six straight days in July, we received an average of 62 dozen ears of corn per day.
    • The corn was shucked, blanched, cut off the cob and bagged for freezing throughout the week.
    • We bagged 258 gallons of corn to be used throughout the school year for our students.
  • Every month, a local farmer will deliver an average of 100 fresh whole chickens for us to cut and serve.
    • When this chicken is served, our goal is to use very little seasoning. We want you to be able to taste the fresh, natural flavors of the chicken.
  • This school year we will feature local dairy items such as skim and chocolate milk from WW Homestead Dairy in Waukon, Iowa. At breakfast, we will feature a variety of regular and Greek yogurts from Country View Dairy in Hawkeye, Iowa.
  • In addition to fresh produce received from local farmers, we also regularly feature flash frozen organic fruits and vegetables from Caledonia, Minn.

Many of our beef and pork options this year will be purchased from the Iowa Beef Producers as well as local lockers.

Central College student

Dietary Accommodations

Our staff dietitian reviews all meals and items served to generate nutrition information for all food offerings. Each item lists total calories, fat, sodium, carbohydrates and protein. Our dietitian also provides a separate menu for students who need meal accommodations such as allergen-related foods and gluten intolerance.

Dining Special Events

Every month, we engage you in a special event where you are encouraged to participate in the enjoyment of the food as well as related activities.

  • All Iowa Day: Educational seminars regarding local foods, meet local farmers and producers
  • Halloween: Bob for apples and mummify your friend
  • Picnics on the patio: grill-outs with all your favorite picnic foods

Student Employment

Dining Services is the largest employer on campus. We staff, in an average school year, upwards of 350 students between Central Market, Fred’s, Geisler Café and catering. Our facilities are almost entirely student-run. Our student employees are a vital role in our day-to-day operation as well as instrumental in creating a positive, well rounded, work experience.

Central College student

The Real World

Leadership Opportunities

Any student working for Dining Services has the opportunity to be recognized as a leader and possible Student Manager. These students are hardworking, friendly, goal oriented, and dedicated to Dining Services. Students promoted into a Student Manager position in Dining Services continue working for Dining throughout their Central years.

Central College student

Learn More

Want to learn more about Dining Services at Central? Contact us to learn more about how we can assist your particular dietary needs.