William & Mary

New Options in Dining at the College

On Monday, April 14, 2014, Anna Martin, Vice President for Administration shared highlights of the new dining program with the William & Mary community.  Below is her email. 

As you are aware the College recently announced our intention for Sodexo to assume management of  the William & Mary dining program on July 1, 2014.  Since that time., we have been working with Sodexo to develop and sign a contract as well as a timeline to implement changes to be made to dining options over the summer and through the fall semester.  I wanted to share some of the highlights that will serve as the foundation of the new dining program.  This is just the beginning. Additional updates will be provided to you on renovations planned for Marketplace, Commons and to retail options in Sadler as those plans are finalized.

The following are brief descriptions of the food offerings in various venues across campus.

Center Court at the Sadler Center
  • The Chop House, offering made-to-order salads
  • Maize, featuring vegetarian and vegan options
  • Natural, serving a menu tailored to guests with special dietary needs like celiac, gluten and dairy intolerances
  • Taliaferro’s, offering handmade pasta and pizza
  • Tidewater Grill, featuring handmade burgers and hot sandwiches as well as seafood options
  • Reves Global, presenting time-tested, authentic recipes from the world over, setting a course for a voyage of delicious dining opportunities ranging from Asian-inspired dishes to  West Coast cuisine to Latin dishes
Commons (the Caf)
  • Local Kitchen, serving comfort food and local favorites
  • Chesapeake Kitchen, featuring local seafood
  • World Kitchen, offering global flavors
  • Simple Servings, serving minimally processed food prepared without gluten or seven of the eight most common food allergens: milk, eggs, soy, tree nuts, peanuts, shellfish and wheat
  • Artisan Kitchen Bakery, presenting made-to-order sandwiches, fresh tossed salads, vegan and vegetarian options and fresh in-house breads
  • Queen’s Kitchen, featuring house-made sweets
  • Breads and Spreads Kitchen, offering a wide selection of breads and accouterments

The Commons will also feature a full-service dining destination with menus inspired by and showcasing local, seasonal ingredients.  The restaurant will be a new experience on campus, featuring local, fresh, sustainable, a la carte prepared items in a true restaurant environment. 

Along with the changes in residential dining, there are also big plans for Retail Dining options on campus.  This is what we know so far::

  • Wholly Habaneros, William & Mary’s first-ever food truck, will offer a delicious selection of tacos, burritos, quesadillas, nachos and burrito bowls.  The food truck will tweet its location and pop up in different parts of campus throughout the day and into the evening.
  • Aromas, a community favorite, will open in Swem Library and will offer both hot and cold beverages, as well as a variety of bakery and café items.
  • The School of Business will feature Argo Tea, which will offer a variety of hot and cold tea-based signature drinks, coffee, artisan sandwiches and baked goods.      
  • Jamba Juice will open a self-serve smoothie bar in the Rec Center.
  • 1693 BBQ will be a pop-up restaurant featuring recipes from Sodexo’s Executive Chef Ernest Servantes, who won the final round of Food Network’s “Chopped Grill Masters.” From pulled pork sandwiches to juicy, smoked chicken sausage and tasty tofu, BBQ 1693 will be primarily located at Campus Center.

William & Mary’s catering department will offer full-service event planning that will bring  a wide-variety of cuisines focused on fresh, local, seasonal and global menus. Sodexo is partnering with critically acclaimed chefs that will support our culinary focus, catering and menu development.

We will be busy throughout the summer executing these changes as well as some renovations related to updating the Marketplace and Commons. Additionally, the work currently planned to continue through the fall semester will provide more convenience and retail options on campus. I look forward to sharing more on those exciting changes when plans and timelines are more concrete.

Please feel free to contact Cindy Glavas, the Director of Auxiliary Services, at [[caglavas]] if you have additional questions.