In Case You Missed It!

Serveathon Photo Contest & Results

This April, the Sodexo Foundation facilitated a photo contest centered around the platform Help Stop Hunger. The participants’ goal was to submit a photo that depicted a serveathon to Sodexo Foundation’s Facebook page, and have the public vote for their favorite one by “liking” it.


Our photo submission! Chef Tompall receiving a hug from a young guest at our Serveathon. The boy just wanted to show his gratitude, and melted our hearts in the process.

On April 30th, the voting period came to an end, and we are proud to announce that Zag Dining came in 1st place!!! I know, I know, you’re dying to know what the prize is, right?! First place receives a $3,000 grant that will be awarded to the charity of their choice. Pretty cool! Many thanks to everyone who “liked” our photo, and encouraged others to do the same — this was truly a joint effort! We look forward to furthering our community service efforts.

Real Food Challenge

The Real Food Challenge is a commitment to have 25% of the food served on campus be “real” by the year 2020. This means that 25% of the food that is served will be sourced from local and community-based providers who are fair, humane, and ecologically sound. Thayne McCulloh (President of Gonzaga), Chuck Faulkinberry (Sodexo’s District Manager), and Breanne Flynn (President of GU’s EAT Club), came together to speak briefly about the pledge and sign it in front of a crowd. It should be noted that we are receiving a lot of praise for our participation in this, as we are the FIRST Jesuit University to sign this pledge. Click here to see photos!

Earth Day & iCommit

To celebrate Earth Day, some of Zag Dining’s retail locations, along with the BARC served up some meals on firsbees instead of dishes {hello water conservation!}, and also put on a photo campaign! Individuals wrote how they were going to commit to being more green on a piece of recycled cardboard. They then posed for a photo holding their hand-made signs that were uploaded into an album that can be found here on our Facebook page.


Congratulations to all of the Zag Dining employees who participated in and survived this widely popular event! We produced 3 teams, one of which — Team Ketchup! — came in 10th place in the Corporate Cup. Amazing! This was a wonderful way for us to get involved with the community and get a little (okay, a LOT of) exercise. Go team!


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Michelle Magni Is Baking Up Success at Gonzaga University


Go-to late night snack? Popcorn with coconut oil

Favorite pastry to make? Pithivier {A round, enclosed pie usually made by baking two disks of puff pastry, with filling stuffed in between.}

Best dinner at the BARC? Fish Tacos

Chef Michelle Magni started her career with Sodexo as a substitute lunch lady in a Western Washington school district.  She was drawn to the company after seeing how well they treated their employees.  The warm embrace she received from Sodexo was enough to inspire Michelle to reenter the workforce after her years as a stay-at-home mom.  Michelle did not, however, let her humble beginnings stop her from achieving her lifelong dream – to work in the kitchen.  

Staying within the Sodexo family, Michelle eventually came to Gonzaga University.  She was working in the catering department when a bakery position opened up.  Seeing her hard work and determination, Sodexo encouraged Michelle to get her pastry certification at the renowned Le Cordon Bleu College in Seattle, WA.  Originally, Michelle thought that working in the kitchen was “just a dream,” but she recognized an opportunity when she saw one.  Jumping on the opening, Michelle eventually graduated from Le Cordon Bleu with honors, on the President’s List, and with perfect attendance.  

Due to Michelle’s hard work and Sodexo’s support, the aspiring chef has since climbed the ranks and now serves as the head baker for Zag Dining at Gonzaga University.  She says that she is blessed to work amongst the chefs at Gonzaga, and truly appreciates the opportunities she has been given.  As an inspiration to all, Michelle tells other aspiring individuals to “ask questions, look to your fellow employees and don’t be afraid to go back to school.”  She reinvented her career at the age of forty, and proved you should never stop chasing your dreams.

Since getting the position, Michelle has prospered as one of Zag Dining’s top bakers.  Her favorite war story was baking the #1 cake that stretched fifteen feet down bulldog alley last year.  As if the sheer size of the cake was not enough of a challenge, she was also working in twenty-eight degree weather.  Lucky for us, however, Michelle not only completed the cake, but also made it absolutely delicious!  We later asked Michelle what the best part of being a chef is.  She simply smiled and said, “When people say, ‘No, no, no, please don’t leave that there, I’m getting so fat!”

Interview conducted by Elizabeth & Molly Bonoma.

Pithivier definition provided by Wikipedia.



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In Case You Missed It! | Women’s History Month Recap

  • Last night, we hosted a dinner in the BARC to celebrate Women’s History Month.
  • Brochures featuring the following women-related content were made available at the front registers:
    • History
    • Trivia
    • Did you know?
  • Posters around the room displayed photos & background information of some well-known female chefs


  • The menu gave a nod to some notable female chefs:
    • Cristeta Comerford | Arroz Caldo {Filipino chicken fried rice}


    • Julia Child | Broccoli Cheddar Alfredo Penne & Reine De Saba Cake (not pictured)


    • Alice Waters | Tuna Nicoise Salad


    • Cat Cora | Chili Lime Flank Steak Tacos with Cilantro Rice & Black Beans


    • Judy Rodgers | Brown Butter Leek & Asiago Gnocchi






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Bulldogs Score Big with Waste-Free Night

Basketball games at Gonzaga are an unforgettable experience. Students go to unbelievable lengths to get a seat at these games, one of the most notable being camping out in the snow. Due to the popularity of the sport, Zag Dining partnered with GU Athletics and student organizations to host their first Zero Waste event during a basketball game.


Our Zero Waste event took place on February 13th, as Men’s Basketball took on Pepperdine University. Zero Waste stations were setup around the arena and looked after by a large group of volunteers. The volunteers were made up entirely of student athletes who were there to make sure that there was no mix up in the process.

Fans were enthusiastic about the event and really embraced our goal of Zero Waste. Our results were phenomenal, as well. The grand total collected, including trash, was 1,105.2 lbs, but out of that, 954.8 lbs were compost and recycled materials.

  • 150.4 lbs of trash were collected
  • 364.3 lbs of recyclables were collected
  • 590.5 lbs of compost were collected

Overall, the night was a slam dunk, especially for the environment! Kelly Keller, Concessions Manager, said she hopes to one day make this a part of every basketball game. Thanks to everyone who participated in our Zero Waste Night!

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Women’s History Month


Before 1970, women’s history was rarely a subject of conversation. Since then, however, it has undergone a massive transformation. Today, almost every college, including GU, offers women’s history courses. Most major graduate programs offer doctoral degrees in the field, as well.

The Women’s Movement 

The women’s movement of the 60s caused women to question their lack of visibility in traditional American history texts. The movement produced more female historians, in addition to a larger number of aspirations and opportunities amongst women. Carroll Smith-Rosenberg, one of the early women’s historians, has remarked that, “without question, our first inspiration was political. Aroused by feminist charges of economic and political discrimination . . . we turned to our history to trace the origins of women’s second-class status.” 

New Social History 

Women’s history was also part of a larger movement that transformed the study of American history. “History” had traditionally meant political history – a chronicle of the key political events, and the leaders (primarily men) who influenced them. But by the 1970s “the new social history” began replacing the older style. Emphasis shifted to a broader spectrum of American life, including such topics as the history of urban life, public health, ethnicity, the media, and poverty. 

The Personal Is Political 

Since women rarely held leadership positions, and until recently had only a marginal influence on politics, the new history, with its emphasis on the sociological and the ordinary, was an ideal vehicle for presenting women’s history. It has covered such subjects as the history of women’s education, birth control, housework, marriage, sexuality, and child rearing. As the field has grown, women’s historians realized that their definition of history needed to expand as well-it focused primarily on white middle-class experience and neglected the full racial and socio-economic spectrum of women. 

Women’s History Month

The public celebration of women’s history in this country began in 1978 as “Women’s History Week” in Sonoma County, California. The week including March 8, International Women’s Day, was selected. In 1981, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Rep. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) co-sponsored a joint Congressional resolution proclaiming a national Women’s History Week. In 1987, Congress expanded the celebration to a month, and March was declared Women’s History Month. 

Information courtesy of Sodexo Net.

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Zag Dining Spotlight Series | Liz Summers


Elizabeth Summers was born and raised in Spokane, Washington. When looking for jobs, she saw an advertisement on a website as a cook for Zag Dining and immediately knew she wanted to work within the Gonzaga community. She has worked for Sodexo for five and a half years and plans to further her career in the culinary field.

Have you always been interested in cooking and/or the food industry?
E: “Growing up, my mother always had me in the kitchen cooking and baking so I knew I would one day become a cook.”

What is your favorite dish to cook as well as your personal favorite dish?
E: “One of my favorite dishes to cook is smother burritos with Mexican rice. My personal favorite dish is sweet & sour chicken over jasmine rice with an Asian vegetable blend.”

What does a typical day look like for you?
E: “My typical day is getting up at 4 a.m. and getting ready for work. After work, I head home to cook dinner for my boyfriend and our two daughters, then do a little laundry, homework with the kids and get ready for bed.”

What do you like best about working for Sodexo?
E: “I love working for Sodexo because I learn something new every day. I love the students and the work environment.”

What changes would you like to see as well as features implemented in the new BARC?
E: “The BARC was an amazing kitchen to come to after being in the COG for five years. I would love to see more an of ice cream bar and a better system to the dish return area.”

Do you miss anything about the COG?
E: “I learned a lot working at the COG. The COG was old and needed to be replaced.”

What features do you like best about the BARC?
E: “The BARC is awesome! I love that it’s spaced out and more room to work. I also love the changes we make daily to better the BARC.”

Interview conducted by Leslie Jacobs // Graphics created by Courtney Mueller

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It’s National Nutrition Month!

If you didn’t already know, March is National Nutrition month! Now is the perfect time to stay true to those New Year resolutions and get healthy! Having a nutritious diet doesn’t mean you have to eat boring salads and egg whites 24/7. There are many ways to maintain a nutritious diet without feeling like you are depriving yourself. Sometimes, baby steps trump going cold turkey when transitioning from a less than healthy diet to one that your body will better appreciate. So don’t feel bad if you can’t change your eating habits at the drop of a hat — it’s not realistic. Subtle changes here and there will eventually add up. Slow and steady wins the race!

Something that’s likely been engrained in you since you were a child is the old, “Eat your vegetables, they’ll make you big and strong!” Shout out to parents everywhere, because as silly as that may sound, it really is as simple as that. There are so many vegetables out there that can nourish your body in many different ways. AND, it is pretty easy to find some that will appeal to your taste buds and most importantly, the temple that is your body. Check out the infographic below to see what I’m talking about!

Vegetable Ranking

I have as big a sweet tooth as the next person, so cutting back on sugar is no walk in the park for me, BUT, as great as a pint of ice cream might taste after a long day, it’s really not worth it. That little carton of happiness, as I like to call it, is going to give you a sugar overload and put too many bad things like excessive calories and fat into your body. Why eat that, when you could eat a bunch more, do less damage and get MORE nutrition. Your body will thank you immensely by making you feel more energetic and less lethargic. It’ll also prevent you from having a huge sugar crash when all is said and done. Trust me!


And if you really need a sweet fix, don’t shy away from fruit! They are low cal and full of vitamins. Take the apple for example. Rumor has it they keep the doctor away, so why not snack on one? Plus, there are so many varieties of apples, it’s insane. You have a lot of freedom in choosing what suits your taste buds best, whether it be a tart Granny Smith, or a sweet Gala. Throw some peanut butter in the mix and you’ve got yourself a healthy and delicious snack. It will leave you feeling satisfied and give your body a little dose of what it needs.


So whether your trying to stick to your 2014 resolutions, prepping for Bloomsday, or just wanna be healthier darn it, remember that having a nutritious diet is never a bad idea, and it’s never too late to start one! Eat those fruits and veggies — you’ll thank yourself later. Good luck, and happy eating! :-)

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Eating Disorder Awareness

This week is National Eating Disorder Awareness Week. 4 out of 10 people have reported that they or someone they know has suffered from an eating disorder. The truth of the matter is that women are more likely to develop an eating disorder than men, but men do develop them. Eating disorders can take many forms, but the most common eating disorders are anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating.


There are many myths regarding eating disorders, which is why it is so important to know the facts before passing judgment or information along to someone else. For example, many people believe that having an eating disorder is a lifestyle choice. The truth is, eating disorders are classified as a mental illness that can have a drastic effect on the body.


Unfortunately, people who are suffering from an eating disorder are generally good at hiding it. These illnesses typically stem from body dissatisfaction which is something very personal, which makes it understandable as to why someone would feel the need to hide it, which only serves to prolong the disorder. That’s where awareness comes in, and why it is so important to know the truth.

for info on media and body image click here

They are serious illnesses that can wreak havoc both physically and emotionally, and in severe cases, result in death. But the most important thing to realize is that there are many helpful resources out there, and what’s more…hope. GU is an incredibly caring community and can be a great resource and light for someone in this type of situation. There are many different paths to recovery and health, whether that be counseling, medical treatment, or otherwise.

If you or someone you know is suffering from an eating disorder, don’t hesitate to seek help. There are numerous resources both on campus and elsewhere that can educate and offer guidance and support. It’s never too extreme to step in if someone is endangering their life. Just remember — if it is someone you know — handle their situation with care, as eating disorders are very serious and very personal.

Know the GU Resources

  • StudentWellnessResourceCenter | 1111 N. Cincinnati | (509) 313 – 5921
  • HealthCenter | 714 E. Sharp Ave. | (509) 313 – 4052 or (509) 313 – 4066
  • CounselingCenter | 324 E. Sharp Ave. | (509) 313 – 5921

NED Resources

  • Help Line {toll-free & confidential} | 1-800-931-2237
  • Chat Online or Leave a Message |
  • Take a free, confidential online eating disorder screening.
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Find Your Pinspiration!

We’ve all been there. It’s the middle of the night. You should probably turn in, or cram one last time for that test that promises to slay you if you don’t. So what are you actually doing? Surfing. And no, I don’t mean the warm, foamy waves of the SoCal coast. No, no. The Internet. Maybe you’re not on social media auto-pilot, but chances are likely that you are. Pinterest has become many individual’s poison of choice lately. It’s useful, it’s fun, and not to mention easy to navigate. The possibilities  are virtually endless, especially now that most sites like this have gone mobile.


Do I sound like a crazed, hoarding lunatic, yet? Hopefully not. If you are a student, or social media friendly by any means, I am sure you can understand what I am talking about. Time flies when you get comfortable on social media sites. You can never just do a simple check-in … it always becomes a marathon of sorts. And if anyone knows about marathons, it’s photogenic marathon man. (See below)


To get the point, here is what I would like to announce: Sodexo has a new promotion going on until the end of the month called, “Find Your Pinspiration.” This promotion, as the title would suggest, involves the use of Pinterest. All you have to do is visit the link I provided below, submit your info, and add a pin or two to their boards. You don’t even have to be an avid pinner … you don’t even have to pin at all, if that’s not your jam. You can simply submit your info for a chance to win the prizes.


Courtesy UHH Campus Dining

For all you skeptics out there, contests and promotions like these are not a scam. For example, the promotion Sodexo put on last semester called, “Share That U Care,” acquired a number of winners from various institutions. This particular one is great because it combines the use of social media, which is something you most likely have experience with, and lots of free goodies! I’m going to be perfectly honest here — the prizes they’re offering are inSANE, and not cheap by any means.


16 winners will be chosen, so your chances of winning are pretty decent. You really have nothing to lose and a whole lot to gain. If I was still a student, I would definitely put my hat in the ring on this one. Check out the image above to see what the prize pack includes. Amazing, right? Don’t miss out on this one! If you’re going to procrastinate on that schoolwork of yours, you might as well get something out of it, right?! Go for it, and good luck, my lovely Zags! :-)

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Seasons Greetings

Twas the week before finals, when all through the BARC,

A meal was a-brewing for those from the dark.


Red stockings were doled by Zag Dining with care,

In hopes that they’d ease the pre-finals ware.


The room was buzzing as dinner was served,

While visions of Zags danced, achieving the curve.


Students dined on prime rib, while others on ham;

It was so reminiscent of meals home with the fam.

When down by the entrance there rose squeals of joy,

If our Zags were British, they’d surely say, “OY!”


There were headphones and iHomes, and a flatscreen to spare,

The winners came forth to claim their prizes with care.


Santa, his elves, and Spike were all there,

To give stockings and chestnuts, and celebrate with flair.


The night was a success,

Some say twas a blast;

Students have completed their Fall semester at last


Happy Holidays to one,

Happy Holidays to all;

We will see you in Spring,

Just before Fall.

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