What happened this summer?
While many of us were enjoying a well-deserved summer holiday, Cormet and Facility Services were working hard to improve and expand the various UvA and HvA restaurants. Besides restyling and furnishing/refurnishing the seating areas, a number of restaurants have been completely rebuilt. On the Roeterseiland campus, for example, the service area of the restaurant in building H has been converted to a food court and the seating area has been restyled. A similar metamorphosis took place at the Science Park. And that's not all and by no means 'the end'. A Grand Café, which will also be open to the local community, is scheduled to open in REC A at the end of October. Curious? Look at the photos: Facebook or Instagram.
Besides the fact that the various eating and drinking facilities are more tailored to user requirements and preferences, the renovations have created more advantages:
Shorter waiting times
Thanks to the installation of additional cash desks at some locations, waiting times will be shorter.
More variety in locally sourced products
The range of locally sourced products has been further expanded. In the various restaurants you will find more local entrepreneurs and more products from local suppliers.
Now summer has ended, some 'familiar faces' have returned, albeit possibly in a new location. These include Bowls n Buns, Strong Food, Sab Se Acha, Warung Wanto and Amigos Cantina. Furthermore, the range at the various locations has also been expanded and now includes the healthy, strong food products supplied by local entrepreneur Strong Food.
A full overview of the local entrepreneurs can be found via this page on our website.
More variety in healthy choices and wider Mediterranean range
Entrepreneurs Smooth (smoothies), DASlekker, Spinach King, and Strong Food have further expanded the range of healthy products. Strong Food has also expanded the range of vegan products. Cormet will expand the healthy range, depending on what the local entrepreneurs offer, to include salads, smoothies, vegetarian and vegan soups
The demand for Mediterranean cuisine will be met with products by OfJeSpaanseWorstLust, Pasta Joe and Strong Food. Cormet will complement this with Italian rolls, wholemeal pizzas, lasagne and pastas as required.
Response from the target group revealed that it is not always clear to everyone where healthy meals, vegetarian or vegan food are available, for instance, or cheaper meals. A colour code is now used to indicate what can be found where:
Red = best deal (most economic)
Orange = vegan
Green = vegetarian
All up-to-date information on food and drink at UvA can be found on our website and social media.
We would very much appreciate your continued feedback on the food and drink at UvA. New ideas, critical comments, improvement points: it is all welcome! Continued feedback is the basis for continued innovation. While current focus has been on local suppliers, there is still plenty of room for students' own initiatives. Two students, for instance, imported and sold cheesecake bars from Lithuania earlier this year. Students can set up stands with their own products. The eating and drinking facilities will consequently 'belong' to everyone and that is exactly the idea.
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