July 12, 2024

1301 Hen House – a “Ghost Kitchen” – Comes to UMW

Get ready to enjoy some great “chickee” dishes from University Dining’s new ghost kitchen – 1301 Hen House! While the campus eateries are closed for the summer, the chefs have tapped into the new “delivery only” dining craze that doesn’t require any physical restaurant space. All the food is ordered online, prepared in the University Center kitchen, and then delivered to guests by Grubhub. Service is offered daily between 11 a.m. and 8 p.m.

The fun and quirky menu includes super loaded “Chicken Feed” curly fries, “Hen House” chicken tenders, “Chicken Coop Greens” salads, and “Barnyard Bites” – sweet or savory donut holes. The culinary team created a special gluten-free breading for the tenders, and the “Hippie Chick” vegetarian mixed greens salad is right on trend with honey-glazed tofu, dried cranberries, a quinoa blend, walnuts, and a Madras curry apricot vinaigrette.

The full menu can be viewed on Facebook @1301 Hen House. Orders may be placed using the regular marketplace Grubhub app. Just search for 1301 Hen House. The campus Grubhub app only serves campus restaurants and is currently closed for the summer. It will become active again when University Dining restaurants reopen on August 21st.

For additional information contact Rose Benedict at 540-654-2169 or rbenedic@UMW.edu.


Campus Dining Update

The Top of the UC and all campus retail dining locations are now open to all members of the UMW faculty and staff. Some things have changed in order to ensure safe social distancing. To make more room at the Eagle’s Nest, Hissho Sushi has moved to the Underground at Lee Hall. All food service is now “take-out” only, and pathways with floor decals indicating where to stand for safe social distancing are in place at each restaurant.

The new campus Grubhub app can be used to order food ahead so it’s ready for pick-up when you arrive. Top of the UC menu items are available on Grubhub, too. However, those food orders need to be placed by 7 p.m. the day prior to pick-up. (Please disregard the prompt that says your order will be ready in 3 minutes! Grubhub is unable to remove that embedded prompt.) Top of the UC orders may be picked up on the first floor of the University Center near the Chandler Ballroom.

Even though there is currently no “dine in” option, there will still be several festive meals offered at the Top of the UC in the coming weeks.

October 19 – Rainbow Cake & Sherbet at dinner to honor GSMA week

October 20 – Oktoberfest Dinner with Sauerbraten, Brats, Latkes and Pork Schnitzel to celebrate the season.

October 23 – Kick-Off for the Stop Hunger Food Drive

October 28 – Asian Cultural Heritage Lunch to honor UMW’s Asian Cultural Celebration week

October 29 – Pumpkin Carving contest winners announced and free hot cider and caramel apples served outside the University Center

November 5 – Jewish Heritage Dinner to honor UMW’s Jewish Cultural Celebration week.

There will also be several free “pop up” events from time to time, like the coffee bar and cake pops that were served in late September. Those who join the Campus Dining UMWFoodies group will get text messages when these events “pop up”! To join the group text UMWFoodies (followed by a space) to 82257.

For further information or questions about Campus Dining services or events, contact Dining@UMW.edu, call 540-654-2169, or visit the Campus Dining website at UMW.SodexoMyWay.com.

Holiday Luncheon for Faculty, Staff

Campus Dining will host their annual Winter Holiday Dinner for Faculty and Staff on Thursday, December 6th in the Maple Salon at the Top of the University Center. The menu will include Roast Turkey, Apple Stuffed Pork Loin and a host of sides and holiday desserts. Service will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. For additional information contact Campus Dining at Dining@UMW.edu or call 540-654-2169.

Volunteers Needed for Holiday Dining Events

Campus Dining is looking for volunteers to help serve the Winter Holiday Dinner for students on Wednesday, December 5th.  Volunteers are asked to serve for one hour beginning at 4:45, 5:45 or 6:45 p.m., and all volunteers will receive their dinner free in thanks for their service.  Spouses and older children are also welcome to help serve!

The dinner menu includes Steamship Round of Beef, Smoked Salmon, Apple Stuffed Pork Loin, Roast Turkey with all the trimmings, Vegan Buffet with Faux Ham and Tofurkey, assorted holiday cakes and pies, a hot chocolate station and a holiday cookie decorating station.

Volunteers are also needed for the “Cram Jam” event on Monday, December 10th.  To help UMW students get energized for final exams, Campus Dining will be providing free tacos for all UMW students between 11 p.m. and 12:30 a.m. at the Top of the UC.  Volunteers are asked to serve between 10:45 p.m. and 11:45 p.m. and in addition to getting free tacos that night volunteers will also be given a ticket for a free meal at the Top of the UC at a later time that week.

Anyone wishing to volunteer for one or both of these events should contact Campus Dining at Dining@UMW.edu or call Rose Benedict at 540-654-2169.


Volunteers Needed for Care & Share Dinner

Campus Dining will be preparing and serving a “Care & Share” dinner at the Fredericksburg Baptist Church on April 7 for area residents who are currently without homes.  We will need 40 to 50 volunteers to assist in unloading food trucks, setting up the dining area, waiting tables, serving food and cleaning up.  Volunteers are needed between 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at the church, which is located between Caroline and Princess Anne Streets in downtown Fredericksburg.  Anyone wishing to volunteer is asked to sign up at one of the cashier stations located at the top of the University Center (fourth floor), or to e-mail us at Dining@UMW.edu.


Stop Hunger Food Drive Launch

On Friday, Nov. 6, Campus Dining and the UMW Athletic Department will launch Sodexo’s annual “Stop Hunger” food drive on our campus.  This is the 10th year that Campus Dining and our UMW athletes have worked together to coordinate a campus and community food drive to benefit local food charities.   Last year’s drive resulted in nearly 5,000 pounds of food being donated to the Fredericksbug Regional Food Bank.  This year, with the support of the our UMW community, the YMCA, radio station 99.3 The Vibe and several local public schools and churches, we hope to collect a whopping 25,000 pounds of food!  We’ve set this goal in order to make a real impact on food insecurity in our area.

Our athletes are also participating in a conference-wide food drive competition and hope to win top honors for UMW as the school collecting the most food for their community.  The athletes will be setting up collection tables at local food stores and promoting student donations here on campus.  There will be many opportunities for students, faculty and staff to donate non-perishable foods to the “Stop Hunger” food drive.

* Nov. 6: Between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., donations may be dropped off at the curb on College Avenue in front of Seacobeck Hall.  Radio station 99.3 The Vibe will also be on hand to help promote donations.

*Nov. 6-13: The UMW Bookstore will be giving discounts to customers who make food donations in the bookstore.

*Nov. 6-13: Collection bins will be available in all Campus Dining locations.

There will also be several other “Stop Hunger” food drive events and Campus Dining will provide boxes, bins, signs and flyers to any UMW office or group wishing to support the food drive.   For more information contact Heather Hosey at Heather.Hosey@Sodexo.com or call 540-654-5982.

Seacobeck Closing for the Summer

Summer meal service at Seacobeck will end following breakfast on Friday, July 24. Campus Dining is preparing to open new resident and retail dining facilities in the University Center,  but the timetable is still uncertain. When meal service plans are confirmed we will post the serving hours on the Campus Dining web site at www.umwdining.com. In the meantime, if you have any questions please contact Rose Benedict at rbenedic@umw.edu or call 540-654-2169.

Midnight Breakfast Servers Needed

Campus Dining is hosting a free Midnight Breakfast for students on the first night of exams – Monday, April 27. It has become a popular tradition for members of the UMW faculty and staff to act as food servers at this event, and the students really enjoy seeing your happy faces on the serving line! We expect to serve 800 or more students in just 90 minutes, so it will be a night of fast-paced action and lots of fun. The breakfast starts at 11 p.m. and ends at 12:30 a.m. Anyone wishing to volunteer should contact Rose Benedct at rbenedic@umw.edu.

Volunteers Needed to Serve Dinner for the Homeless

On Wednesday, April 22, Campus Dining will be providing dinner at Christ Lutheran Church for area residents who are currently without homes. Volunteers to help transport, set up and serve the dinner would be greatly appreciated!

Preparations will begin at 3:30 p.m at Seacobeck. Dinner service will be from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the church. Volunteer shifts are from 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. or 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Contact Rose Benedict at rbenedic@umw.edu or 540-654-2169 to volunteer or get additional information.

Limited Reservations for Grand Finale Dinner

Campus Dining is hosting a Grand Finale Dinner on Wednesday, April 15 from 5 to 7 p.m. to bid farewell to Seacobeck as a dining facility. Guests will enjoy photo displays from Seacobeck’s earlier years and an extensive dinner menu that will include Steamship Round of Beef, Smoked Salmon, Coq Au Vin and a host of other culinary treats.

The cost for alumni, faculty and staff is $5 plus tax and  $10.75 plus tax for all other guests.

Everyone is invited to join in the celebratory dinner, which will be held in the dining rooms at Seacobeck.  A limited number of reservations are being accepted by e-mailing dining@umw.edu or calling 540-654-2169. When reservations are no longer available there will be open seating on a first come, first served basis.