April 1st: Food for Fools

Warning: Today is April Fool’s Day. Take EVERYTHING with a grain of salt. Whether your salt was replaced with sugar or your roommate placed clear tape across your doorway, you are a victim of this holiday who wants revenge.

Practical jokes can cross the line, and we want to make sure you get revenge in the greatest (and safest) way possible. What better way to show your comedic prowess than with food! Here are 5 easy tricky treats that will have your friends applauding your cleverness.

Get your chef hat on and your camera ready, because these foods for fools will give everyone a good chuckle.

  1. Toothpaste Oreos

This one is a classic. All over the Internet there are videos of this hilarious prank. Simply remove the icing and squeeze on the toothpaste. Make sure the toothpaste is decently firm and pure white so it doesn’t raise eyebrows.


  1. Mayonnaise Filling

Whether you use the mayonnaise to fill a donut or cupcake, this trick is sure to cause some taste bud confusion. This trick can be more tedious to carry out, but provides one of the biggest laughs.


  1. Hard Boiled Eggs

Do you have a roommate who makes eggs every morning? Grab their cartoon of eggs and hard-boil every single egg. In the morning when they try to crack them, they will be extremely confused.


  1. Dye It

This one you can get creative with. Take a milk, orange juice or cream carton and squeeze a color dye into it. Make sure the liquid is in a solid container so they only see the color change when they first pour it out.


  1. Stapler in Jell-O

Are you a fan of The Office? Jim’s stapler trick can easily be recreated. Steal an office supply on their desk they are sure to use the next day. Once it is engulfed in Jell-O, put it back in its place and prepare to be the talk of the office!


Now that you have these food pranks under your belt, go out there and cook up some culinary confusion!

Happy April Fool’s Day!


Know Your Labels

The New Year brings new health goals. Trying to shop healthy is a challenge in itself.  As you start your health food search you are bombarded with labels. Whether it’s on the box of crackers or the deli meat, labeling can be misleading.

Deception seems too often embedded in these foods instead of nutrients. It is crucial to understand which labels are regulated and which are just marketing gimmicks to ensure you reach your New Year’s Resolution.

So… is the food you’re buying truly healthy or just smoke and mirrors? Let’s find out!



This is the least controlled label on the shelves. To become natural a product has to contain no artificial ingredients according to the USDA. This means antibiotics, hormones, and other chemicals may still be present.

All Natural

This label has the exact same meaning as natural. There are no regulatory differences between calling something ‘all natural’ and just ‘natural’.

Made with Organic Ingredients

This label cannot contain the official organic seal. The foods contain at least 70% organic ingredients that are not produced with sewage-sludge based products.


These products contain 95% organic ingredients with strict USDA regulations on the remaining 5%. The products contain no antibiotics, pesticides, petroleum or sewage-sludge based fertilizers, hormones, or ionizing radiation. If the food aligns with these rules then the USDA’s official organic seal may be placed on the product.

100% Organic

The food contains all organic ingredients and production materials.

Whole Grain

FDA recommends foods labeled whole grain should have flour ingredients from purely whole wheat flour. No enforcement or penalties occur if product is falsely marketed.



“Helps Maintain a Healthy Heart”

“Helps Support Immunity”

No Trans Fat



Grade A



Doctor Recommended

Made with Natural Goodness

This is just the beginning of the unregulated labels. It’s important to know the rules behind the regulations in order to recognize what you’re truly buying. Next time you’re at the supermarket don’t be tricked by fancy wording. Get down to the nitty-gritty by knowing the FDA regulations.

This video is a great start to understanding FDA labeling requirements!

For the specifics go directly to http://www.fda.gov/Food/GuidanceRegulation/GuidanceDocumentsRegulatoryInformation/LabelingNutrition/ucm2006828.htm

Simply Sustainable

You’ve heard of sustainability. You know using excess water, electricity, and gas has an effect on the environment. You’ve seen the reusable grocery bags at the checkout line. The Green Revolution has grown before our eyes. We are a generation that is surrounded by “green”. So where do you fit in?

Quite frankly, there’s no need to fit in.  Your everyday life leads you down the path to sustainability. Simple changes will make a difference.

It’s easier than you think:



Action: Replace old light bulbs with new fluorescent bulbs

Benefit to You: Save $50 a year per light bulb

Benefit to Earth: 1 light bulb saves 400 kilowatts & last 9 years


Action: Turn off computers at night

Benefit to You: Prevents computer from overheating – Saves money on power bill

Benefit to Earth: Saves 40 watt hours per day


Action: Don’t preheat the oven

Benefit to You: Prevents food from burning – Food cooks quicker

Benefit to Earth: On average saves 10 minutes of power



Action: Print on both sides of the paper

Benefit to You: Save on ink & paper – Less sheets to keep track of

Benefit to Earth: Conserves half of the 21 million tons of paper thrown away each year

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Action: Use 1 less paper towel/napkin

Benefit to You: Saves around $62 a year

Benefit to Earth: A billion pounds of napkins could be saved if everyone used 1 less

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Action: Plant a tree

Benefit to You: Improves value of home – Reduces cooling bills

Benefit to Earth: Combats the greenhouse effect – Absorbs pollutants


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Action: Cut shower by 2 minutes

Benefit to You: You have a few extra minutes in the morning to relax

Benefit to Earth: Conserves over 5 gallons of water per minute

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Action: Take showers not baths

Benefit to You: Saves money on water and energy bills

Benefit to Earth: Taking showers cuts water consumption in half

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Action: Use reusable water bottles

Benefit to You: Saves money – A healthier option

Benefit to Earth: Prevents plastic bottles from emitting toxins while sitting in landfills

For more information on sustainability, check out this fun animated YouTube video!

The Zag Dining Food Truck is coming and it needs a name!

It’s finally here- Gonzaga University will be seeing Zag Dining’s newest and not to mention hip addition in the next week!  The lunch menu will consist of five entrees that will rotate every day for the reasonable price of just $6 or $7 with a drink and will accept Dining Dollars, Bulldog Bucks, Cash and Credit Card.  Here’s the scheduled menu:

Monday- Steak and Onion Sandwich

With smoked gouda & horseradish sauce served with parmesan rosemary fries

 Tuesday- Asian BBQ Pork Sandwich served on a ciabatta roll with coleslaw


Kalua Pork Bowl Served with calrose Rice & lomi lomi tomato

 Wednesday– Choice of Carne Asada Burrito or Chicken Burrito served with cilantro lime rice, refried beans, pico de gallo, guacamole, sour cream, lettuce & cheese

(Vegetarian Option available)

 Thursday– Chicken Pita Wrap or Beef Gyro served with tomato cucumber relish, kalamata olives, feta cheese, tzatziki sauce

(Vegetarian Option available)

 Friday-General Tso Chicken with Yakisoba Noodles served with Asian Wok Vegetables and Yakisoba Noodles tossed in a Spicy Asian BBQ Sauce

(Steamed Rice Option available, Vegetarian Option available)

The currently white Food Truck will be appearing for the first time in the next few days! We’ll keep you posted on the official start date and times. Why is it white one might ask? Because Zag Dining wants YOUR to help name it!

 Be creative, be fun, be catchy in coming up with the name by March 6th.

First Place will win 20 FREE MEALS W/ DRINK from the Truck, an Iggy’s Pizza Party for 8 AND an iTunes Gift Card.

Second Place will win an Iggy’s Pizza Party for 8 and an iTunes Gift Card.

Third Place will win an iTunes Gift Card.

Email Sarah.Clifford@sodexo.com with all ideas!


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Sustainability Challenge Day 5: Nutrition

Nutrition is one of our favorite topics, so we are excited to end our Sustainability Challenge with a bang! Before we get into what we offer our customers to stay healthy and challenge you to choose healthy, let’s start with the promotions for today.

  1. Buy a Turkey Burger in Spikes today and receive a free reusable cup!
  2. Iggy’s Gluten Free Cheese or Pepperoni Pizza just $6 when picked up
  3. LoCro soups Gluten Free Chicken Noodle and Vegetarian Garden Rotini
  4. Sign up for MyFitnessPal where most Sodexo COG Recipes are available as well as all of our Simply To Go items…just scan the bar code!
  5. The COG will be serving a variety of well balanced items like whole wheat pizza, turkey burgers, Vegan Tropical Stir Fry and the Omelet Bar.

We care a lot about the health of our guests and making every day a better day. That is why we go out of our way to make sure that our customers always have healthy options, dietary restriction friendly food to make dining in our restaurants easy.   We hope we educate our guests enough to choose the healthy options.  Here are just some of the things we do to promote healthy eating:

  • We have a registered dietitian on our staff.
  • The COG always has two stations Gluten Free and a separate Fridge filled with Gluten Free breads, wraps, muffins, etc. We also have a special Gluten Free Toaster Oven.
  • The COG always has fresh non fat local Darigold Milk and lowfat Chocolate Milk.
  • The COG always has Silk vanilla & chocolate Milk (Now in bulk!), Almond Milk and Coconut Milk.
  • The COG always has a dedicated station for Vegan and Vegetarian entrees.
  • The COG nutrition facts are always posted at each item and online at zagdining.com as well as on MyFitnessPal.
  • We offer tossed to order salads at every meal, egg whites and fresh veggies at the omelet station, turkey burgers, Vegan Cous Cous burgers, Raw Crudite Bar, Brown Rice at every meal, whole wheat pizza, and many other specials that are well balanced.
  • Our Certified Executive Chef is always willing to meet with any student who has dietary allergies or restrictions and would like to learn how to navigate the COG or come up with a special menu.
  • Our Simply to Go program has all the nutrition facts on the box as well as in MyFitnessPal….just scan the bar code.
  • We use Shepherd’s Grain in our baked goods across campus.
  • All of our Coffee shops have Soy, Almond and Rice milk available.
  • Iggy’s is the only Gluten Free pizza in the area available for delivery.
  • LoCro carries a variety of Gluten Free, Organic, Lactose Free and local items as well as always one Gluten Free Soup and one Vegetarian.
  • All of our COG soups are Gluten Free made with Corn Starch and GF noodles.
  • All of our Salad Dressings are home made, gluten free and low fat.

Here are some things you can do:

  • Look for reduced fat selections
  • Choose a beverage with no added sugar (how about our infused waters in the COG!)
  • Choose fresh veggies from our raw bar or salad bar
  • Have fruit for dessert
  • Look for the well balanced icon Image
  • Eat whole grains
  • Find time to exercise
  • Walk or ride your bike to school
  • Choose to go meatless one day a week
  • Look for these Logos to identify Vegan, Vegetarian, Gluten Free, Local, Organic and Healthy:Image

Today is the last day of the challenge be sure to turn your Challenge Sheets into the COG Cashiers so that you can win itunes and amazon.com gift cards and other prizes!

Sustainability Challenge Day 4: Community

Day 4 of the Sustainability Challenge focuses on Community and what we can do to help support not just our local communities, but sourcing from ethical businesses and communities across the world.

Here are a few promotions we are running today to highlight community:

  1. Fair Trade or Ethically Sourced Drip coffee is just .99¢ today. All of our coffee in Jazzmans is Fair Trade Certified and all of our Craven’s Coffee is ethically sourced if not Fair Trade Certified. Also, all of our Aspretto Coffee in the COG is also Fair Trade Certified and Numi Tea!
  2. Tilfords, Barneys and Crosby will be serving Zambia Gold Honey Ginger Snaps.
  3. The COG will be hosting a table to have volunteers sign up for different activities to help give back to the community.

Here are a few things we do to support Community:

  • We serve Local and/or Fair Trade Ethically sourced coffee in ALL of our locations.
  • We donate all leftover food to Campus Kitchen.
  • We offer a Go Green Meal plan and donate $50 of each meal plan back to Gonzaga’s Sustainability Community.
  • We have raised almost $20,000 in the last year for 2nd Harvest.
  • We volunteer regularly at 2nd Harvest.
  • We were named Employer of the Year by the Arc of Spokane in 2012.
  • We were nominated for Employer of the Year by Hire Ability Day in 2011 and 2012.
  • We serve on non profit committees in the Spokane community.
  • We have Cage Free Eggs available.

Here’s what YOU can do:

  • Look for certifications when making purchases like Rainforest Alliance, Fair Trade Certified, Food Alliance Certified, Marine Stewardship Council, Global Aquaculture Alliance and Certified Humane.
  • Sign up to volunteer.
  • Assist in a  local humanitarian crisis.
  • Donate money to a local cause.

Only two more days to participate to win itunes, amazon.com gift cards and many other prizes! Pick up your slip today or print it out from our blog!

Sustainability Challenge Day 3: Sourcing

At Zag Dining, we take sourcing seriously. We not only care about our environment, but we also want to help support our local economy and community. That is why we try and source local wherever and whenever we can while also accommodating our wide range of guests needs.

Here are the specials we are running today:

  1. Our famous Shepherd’s Grain (Local, sustainable wheat) Cinnamon Rolls made fresh every day are just 99¢ today! Available in all retail locations.
  2. In LoCro, buy one of our Shepherd’s Grain homemade sourdough bread bowls and soup and receive a free 16oz Fair Trade Jazzman’s Latte with flavor.
  3. Iggy’s Shepherd’s Grain Pick-Up Special-$5 for cheese or pepperoni pizza
  4. The COG will be serving MSC Certified Sustainable Seafood for lunch including Volcano Spiced Yellowfin Tuna sesame rice, cucumber namasu, wasabi soy cilantro sauce
  5. The COG will also be testing their new homemade Shepherd’s Grain Hamburger Buns.
  6. Farmer’s Market today will be featuring Stewart from C&S Hydrohuts to talk about Hydroponic gardening. 2-5pm outside of Crosby!

Here are some of the things we are doing to practice sustainable sourcing:

  • Purchase and use local, Shepherd’s Grain wheat in all of our COG rolls, some desserts, cinnamon rolls, Iggy’s Pizza, and LoCro bread bowls.
  • We have a baker on campus who bakes everything fresh and local.
  • We host a farmer’s market every Wednesday in the Fall and Spring.
  • We utilize local HyrdoHut hydroponic lettuce and also have our own mini Hydroponic Garden.
  • We purchase local vegetables and fruit when in season and if not in season, we try to purchase at least organic.
  • We only serve MSC Certified Sustainable Fish.
  • We use local Cravens Coffee in all of retail locations (with the exception of Jazzmans, which is FairTrade).
  • We have Cage Free Eggs available in the COG.
  • We serve local, fresh, hormone free milk from Darigold.
  • LoCro market features local and organic items for sale at all times.
  • We use Eco-Lab cleaning products
  • Our appliances are Energy Star rated
  • We only use recyclable paper in our offices.

Here are some things you can do:

  • Look for the L icon when eating in the COG to know you are eating locally.
  • Understand your local growing calender
  • Support Farmer’s Markets around town.
  • Look for the “Buy Local” Signage around town.
  • Purchase green cleaning supplies
  • Use items with recycled content

Sustainability Challenge Day 2: Fight Waste & Hunger

Today we focus our efforts on Fighting Waste and Hunger which also coincides with Sodexo’s Global Waste-Less Day. To participate in the challenge pick up a form at the COG or download one here.

Here are some of the promo’s we are running today to encourage people to Waste-Less:

  1. The COG will be passing out samples in order to encourage people to try the dish before they take the entire plate.
  2. All retail locations are offering a 99cent drip coffee to anyone who brings in a Reusable Cup.

Here are a just a few things we are doing every day to Fight Hunger and Waste-Less:

  1. In 2008, we eliminated the sale of our #1 best selling item: Water Bottles. We were one of the first campuses to do so.
  2. Also in 2008, we eliminated trays in the COG in order reduce post consumer food waste and save water.
  3. Every year we raise money and volunteer for 2nd Harvest through a variety of outlets including Helping Hands, a golf tournament and auction. Last year we donated over $15,000 to help fight hunger.
  4. We work with Communities in Schools to help provide backpacks filled with food to help supply underprivileged elementary students with meals on the weekends.
  5. We compost, donate what we can to Campus Kitchen and Recycle.
  6. We use a program called LeanPath to help track our waste and raise awareness.
  7. We won Recycler of the Year in conjunction with Gonzaga awarded by Washington State Recycler’s Association.
  8. We have eliminated all Styrofoam on campus.
  9. We offer cup discounts for using a reusable cup.
  10. We always print on recyclable paper.
  11. We recycle all of our fryer oil to turn it into bio diesel.

Here are a few things YOU can do to help fight hunger and waste-less:

  1. Donate to our Helping Hands Campaign starting October 29th to benefit Second Harvest Inland Northwest.
  2. Purchase items at our Retail Locations that give back to the Sodexo Foundation which mission is to fight hunger.
  3. Take only what you can eat, you can always go back for more.
  4. Ask for a sample before taking a whole plate.
  5. Plan meals before you go shopping so you only buy what you need.
  6. Use a reusable water bottle and/or coffee mug.
  7. Use bulk condiments
  8. Buy in bulk when possible
  9. Bring a reusable bag to the store
  10. Print double sided on recyclable paper

Tell us what you are doing today on twitter by using the hashtag #sustainabilitychallenge and you will instantly (@zagdining)!

Sustainability Challenge is Coming! Participate & WIN!

On Monday, October 15th we are kicking off our Sustainability Challenge! We are challenging ourselves and YOU to be more sustainable. Each day we are focusing on two of our commitments and showing you what we are doing to make every day a better day. What we need YOU to do is challenge yourself! Pick up a challenge card from the cashiers at the COG or by printing the one in this post and write down each day what you are doing to support those commitments. At the end of the week, hand in your challenge cards to the COG cashiers and we will be giving away prizes like Discover, iTunes and Amazon.com gift cards!

Here are some of the promotions we are running during each day:

  • Monday the 15th: Protect the Planet-Reduce Carbon Intensity & Water Waste

Meatless Monday in the COG

Get a 12″ Veggie Sandwich @ SubCo for the price of 6″

Iggy’s Sustainable Pick Up Special $5 for a Cheese or Pepperoni

  • Tuesday 16th: Fight Waste/Hunger

COG samples of food to encourage people to try before they take something

99cent drip coffee at all retail locations when using a reusable mug

  • Wednesday 17th: Sourcing Local & Sustainable

Shepherd’s Grain Cinnamon Rolls just .99cents in all of our locations

Buy a LoCro Shepherd’s Grain Soup bowls & receive a free local cravens coffee latte with flavor

Iggy’s Shepherd’s Grain Sustainable Pick Up Special $5 for a Cheese or Pepperoni

Farmer’s Market featuring Stewart from C&S Hydrohuts

  • Thursday 18th: Community Day/Fair Trade

COG-sign up for 2nd Harvest & Food For Thought Volunteering

All drip Fair Trade Coffee (That Includes Jazzmans!) is 99cents

  • Friday 19th: Nutrition

Use MyFitness Pal to track Sodexo recipes in the COG and Simply to Go

The COG will be serving all well balanced items

Purchase a Spikes Turkey Burger and receive a FREE reusable cup

Iggy’s Gluten Free Specialty Pick Up Price just $6 for cheese or pepperoni


Zag Dining by Sodexo Donates $5,200 to Gonzaga University Outdoors Green Bike Program

Donation will be used towards the purchase of new equipment.


Spokane, WA. May 2012–In honor of National Bike Month, Zag Dining by Sodexo, the dining solutions forGonzagaUniversity, has donated $5,200 to the Gonzaga University Outdoors Green Bike Program in order to help support the growing program.

The Green Bike Program, which allows students to rent bikes for a semester at a low cost, was first proposed in the fall 2007 as a subproject for AASHE (Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education).  In the spring of 2008, the first rough proposal drafted and Gonzaga’s Campus Security donated the first bicycles.  The idea became so popular that an official program was started in 2010.  The first 4 bikes were distributed to students to rent for the semester at an affordable cost ranging from $20-$30, including a helmet and a U-Lock.   By fall 2011, the fleet had increased to 14 bikes.

In order to keep up with the rising demands and need for storage, the Green Bike Program proposed that for the 2012/2013 academic school year they increase their fleet from 14 bikes to 36 bikes.  The proposal also included new helmets and new U-shaped bike locks for each bike, a well-organized on campus hanging storage for the bikes, and adding two staff hours per week for rental and shop coordination and repairs.  With the $5,200 that Zag Dining by Sodexo is donating, all of these costs will be covered.

Zag Dining, a champion and leader for sustainability on Gonzaga’s campus, was able to secure the funds through a Go Green Meal Plan, which was first available for purchase in the fall of 2011. This voluntary meal plan, commonly called “The Sinto”, pledges that with each purchase of the plan, Zag Dining will donate $50 towards a sustainability project on campus. Chuck Faulkinberry, Zag Dining’s Resident District Manager, was instrumental in starting the new voluntary meal plan.  “We know that dining plays a significant role in the campuses sustainability efforts and we wanted to do something where our customer’s could feel they we were contributing to a greater cause,” stated Faulkinberry.

The Green Bike program and Zag Dining also envisions that the increased use of bicycles will be one of the strategies in the campus climate action plan to reduce carbon emissions.  The ACSS helped Zag Dining choose this program to donate the funds, and Faulkinberry thought it was ideal for Zag Dining and Sodexo’s initiatives in sustainability. “We saw this program as a great fit for some our Better Tomorrow commitments in helping our environment by reducing our carbon footprint, increasing healthy habits and taking care our community by giving back, ” said Faulkinberry.

The Green Bike program has worked with many clubs on and off campus including Gonzaga Outdoors and Adventure Guides, Cycling Club, GEO Club, Pedals to People (Spokane Area Non-Profit), CCASL, Campus Security and ACSS (Transpiration Subcommittee).  For more information on the program, please contact GU Outdoors.


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Sarah Clifford