A hunger for learning isn’t the only thing we need to satisfy here at UTAS. We also know that feeding the University community fabulous fare is vital. With this in mind, a number of new and improved catering services and options will be rolled out during 2015, starting this week.

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These exciting developments are all part of the University’s catering strategy for 2015. You’ve spoken and told us what you think, and we’ve heard you. The changes have all been made as a result of  major consultation with the University community late last year on the delivery of catering services across our sites, as well as feedback provided by our students as part of the Student Experience Survey.

So what’s it all about?

New food offerings and services

We’ll be looking to increase the offerings in Lazenby’s and concentrate on more variety. This means a regularly changing menu, with a daily made-to-order option, grab and go options, salads, and bakery items. In the refectory, we will be introducing improved pricing, as well as new offerings such as sushi made fresh daily on the premises, build your own rolls and sandwiches, and authentic Asian dishes, and lots of O Week specials!

We’re also looking to introduce Asian Hawker style pop-up food offers in the Sandy Bay central mall outside Lazenby’s, which will provide exciting new offerings each day of the week from 12.00-13.30.

Coffee

Lazenby's coffee cart and soup stop

And now to everyone’s favourite topic: coffee. Not only are we addressing issues relating to coffee queues (more about that later), but we’re currently looking into introducing a new and exclusive blend of coffee which will really set our brew apart from the competition. This is very much a case of “watch this space”.  There will also be a walk-through coffee service from the Sandy Bay coffee cart, which will take up its new abode outside Lazenby’s Cafe. This will be open daily from 9.00-13.00. Come along and get a free biscotti with your coffee!

The Ref will also be offering early bird coffee specials from 8.30-9.30am each morning.

Cue the queue

We know that waiting in line can be painful, especially when the mid-morning caffeine crave hits and you need that cup before heading off to your first class or first meeting of the day. We’re introducing improved point of sale services to address demand for coffee and food during peak times – this means additional staff as well as dedicated terminals and ordering points, including an express point of sale station for quick grab and go products.

Oh, and don’t miss our start of semester special offerings at Sandy Bay next week!

We are bringing some of Hobart’s most popular street food to the Sandy Bay campus next week:

  • Flamecake will be on campus on Monday and Tuesday (23 and 24 February) from 11.30-13.30; and
  • Taco Taco will be on campus on Wednesday and Thursday (25 and 26 February) from 11.30-13.30.

Both vans will be situated in the central mall, just below the fountain outside Lazenby’s cafe.

Building catering options into our major building and refurbishment projects

The improvements to our catering options and services will also be complemented by new and excitingcatering-related amenities being introduced as part of our major campus development projects. Many of these will see new facilities (like the Grove staff lounge at Newnham and Trade Table in the Centenary Building at Sandy Bay) and additional amenities ready for the start of first semester.

Taco Taco

Students will also have the opportunity to self-cater using student lounge facilities in the Centenary Building and UniCentre or the postgraduate facilities on Level 5 of the Morris Miller at Sandy Bay, or in the Sir Raymond Ferrall Centre on the Newnham campus. The new student lounge currently under development in Building Z at Newnham is also conveniently located right next door to The Walk Café and Bar.

These developments will be progressively rolled out across 2015 and further details will be coming soon!