UT Dining News

Longtime Dining Services Staff Member Celebrates Retirement


A familiar face at the Café at the Arena will retire this month after fifty years of service to the university. Chef Howard Clark has worked in almost every area of the university’s Dining Services Department in his time at UT. Working at UT was Clark’s first job and he started when he was a teenager.

UT Volunteer Dining Locations That are Open Today

The PCB Café in Presidential Court and the Southern Kitchen in Volunteer Hall will be open until 8:00 p.m. today. The Subway and Chick-fil-A in Presidential Court will be open until 10:00 p.m. today. The PCB Grocery, POD Market in Volunteer Hall and the Hess Hall Grocery will also be open until 10:00 p.m. today.

UT Diners Can Get Reusable To-Go Containers at Southern Kitchen

Students, faculty, and staff who eat at the campus’s Southern Kitchen are taking advantage of “Green Takeout”—a sustainable program with Volunteer Dining. For a one-time fee of $5, patrons can receive a reusable food container every time they eat at Southern Kitchen, located on the ground floor of Volunteer Hall.

UT Chef Wins Gold With ‘Deconstructed Bacon Cheeseburger’

With a unique twist on a national favorite dish, UT Chef Jason Timmons brought home gold from the ARAMARK Culinary Excellence Challenge, held last week at the University of South Alabama. Timmons beat out the competition with his entrée, a “Deconstructed Bacon Cheeseburger en Croute,” and his dessert, an “Inside Out Pineapple Upside Down Cake.” At 11:00 a.m. today, UT will host the final South Region ACE Competition at Presidential Court Café. Attendees can sample the food made by competing chefs.

Final Week of RecycleMania Wraps Up With Zero-waste Lunches

The RecycleMania competition is entering its eighth and final week and the campus is celebrating the milestone by focusing on compostable food waste. At three zero-waste events this week, employees and volunteers from UT Recycling and Volunteer Dining will work together to compost 100 percent of leftover food.

UT to Host the National Aramark Culinary Excellence Challenge

Move over Iron Chef, the regional ARAMARK Culinary Excellence Challenge is coming to campus on March 29. The ACE program allows the opportunity for chefs from colleges, universities, and conference centers around the country to showcase their culinary skills in a competitive environment. Eleven chefs will compete at UT, and one will advance to the finals in Tampa, Fla.

UT Dining Announces New Location, Promotion

This week UT Dining opened a new eatery on campus, and has announced a new promotion to encourage foot traffic. Petro’s Chili and Chips is now open in the Rocky Top Café, located on the first floor of the UC. Indulge all your chili desires at this newest location of a local tradition. ARAMARK, which operates campus dining, has also launched a new promotion and is giving away a 30 GB iPod Classic, t-shirts and food.