Dining Services

Executive Chef for Kent State Campus Executive Chef, Billy Edmondson, won first place at the 2020 NACUFS Midwest Culinary Challenge. The event took place at University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana this past weekend. Chef Billy battled other competitors while he cooked and prepared the winning dish, Jerk Cornish Hen with Hash topped with Pickled Slaw.  Chef Billy...

Joshua DeDeaux When University Dining Services Chef Joshua DeDeaux was a little boy growing up in New Orleans, he would bring a brown wooden step stool into his mother’s kitchen to help her cook some of the family’s favorite meals. As DeDeaux’s love of cuisine grew, his grandfather, who was French Creole, and his...

Dining Services Kent State’s Dining Services competed in the 11th annual Nutritious and Delicious Gala at the Tangier restaurant in Akron. The annual gala was hosted by the Greater Akron Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (GAAND) and comprised of various vendors such as Core Life, Farm Fare, Food 4 Thought Café, and many others. The gala’s mission was “to...

Kent State Dining Services Visits Hindu Temple for Menu Inspiration Kent State University Dining Services is creating a welcoming environment in the dining halls for Kent State’s international student body, which represents 109 countries. The latest advancement involved a trip to a Hindu Temple in Parma. The international food station in Prentice Café has themed events every other week, but an Indian menu was...

A food service employee mixes a smoothie for a student in the exclusively gluten free Prentice Hall Café. University to hold Sept. 7 event to celebrate achievement At the start of the 2016 academic year, Kent State University becomes the first university in the country to feature an entirely gluten-free dining hall on campus. Kent State restructured Prentice Café after administrators noticed that the number of students arriving on campus with gluten...

Two Kent State friends grab a bite to eat at Eastway Center. Kent State University recently earned the top spot on College Rank’s list of the 50 Best College Dining Experiences. Judging criteria included versatility of menu options, support for nutrition and wellness, sustainability efforts and accessibility for those with special dietary needs. College Rank is an independent organization that aims to...

Two Kent State friends grab a bite to eat at Eastway Center. Kent State University Board of Trustees approved establishing a unified student government across all campuses – Ashtabula, East Liverpool, Geauga, Kent, Salem, Stark, Trumbull and Tuscarawas – during its March 9, 2016, board meeting. Each campus’ Undergraduate Student Government is recognized as the representative voice of the students’...

Three Kent State University students pose for a photo during lunchtime at a Kent Campus dining hall. Kent State University’s Dining Services has made various updates to its markets and cafés on campus in response to students’ needs. These updates range from clearer labeling of menus to helping students with food allergies to encouraging students to explore their culinary options. Mindful Labeling There are different symbols diners can use...

Three Kent State University students pose for a photo during lunchtime at a Kent Campus dining hall. Veggie wraps with garlic aioli, fresh-cut fries with homemade ketchup, burgers and flatbreads. These are just a few of the signature choices that Fork In the Road prepared for WKYC’s Food Truck Friday. The 24-foot, full-service kitchen on wheels travels the campus of Kent State University serving fresh, homemade favorites. Watch here as...

Three Kent State University students pose for a photo during lunchtime at a Kent Campus dining hall. Kent State University students returning for the Fall 2013 Semester can expect more variety at the university’s dining centers. To expand their knowledge about fruits, herbs and seasonal vegetables, executive chefs from Kent State visited the Culinary Vegetable Institute of the Chef’s Garden in Milan, Ohio, where they had a culinary retreat. ...