September 28, 2015

French Chef to Cook for UWEC Students at Hilltop Center, Davies Center


A French chef is traveling to UWEC next week, bringing authentic international cuisine and giving UWEC students a slice of another culture.

Edouard Becker will cook dinner for students Oct. 6 from 4-9 p.m. at Riverview Cafe East at the Hilltop Center, and he’ll cook lunch Oct. 7 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at The Dulany Inn at Davies Center. He’s from the Alsace region of France that borders Germany, so most of what he’s cooking is German, including sauerbraten, cod on sauerkraut, German pancakes with brandied cherries and German potato salad with cucumbers. He’ll also provide active demonstrations of meal preparation for students.

Part of Sodexo’s Global Chef program, Becker arrives in Milwaukee on Oct. 1, and he’ll cook at Marquette University on Oct. 5 before coming to UWEC. He’ll also cook at Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire on Oct. 8-9, and he’ll cook at six other locations in Illinois and Michigan prior to his Oct. 31 departure.

September 15, 2015

Blugold Diner’s Club Bonus Day on Sept. 22!

Our first Blugold Diner’s Club bonus day for the fall semester is Tuesday, Sept. 22. For any deposit you make of $100 or more that day, you’ll receive a 10 percent bonus on funds deposited. Deposits can be made in person from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Blugold Card Services office on the first floor of Davies Center, at value transfer stations around campus or online.

Bonus funds are awarded on a Blugold Dining gift card. On Sept. 22, we’ll have a table set up from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. inside the Blugold Card Services office for Blugold Diner’s Club members to pick up their gift cards. If you can’t pick up your gift card on Sept. 22, your gift card must be picked up at the Blugold Dining office on the second floor of Davies Center by Tuesday, Sept. 29 at 5 p.m. To receive your gift card, provide any of the following:

• A deposit receipt from Blugold Card Services

• A receipt from the value transfer station

• A printed copy of an emailed receipt for an online deposit, showing your name, the deposit amount and the date

P.S. Check out our weekly members-only specials for the fall semester! Make sure to mention the specials to your cashier to take advantage of your savings!

September 14, 2015

National Cheeseburger Day Offers UWEC Students Chance to Win Trip to Chicago


In celebration of National Cheeseburger Day, Blugold Dining is giving UWEC students a chance to win a trip to Chicago.

Students who eat a Chicago Burger on Sept. 18 during lunch (11 a.m. to 2 p.m.) at Riverview Cafe East at the Hilltop Center will be entered into a drawing to win a roundtrip for two from Eau Claire to Chicago on SkyWest Airlines. The Chicago Burger is a deliciously grilled burger patty and half of a grilled Italian sausage, topped with sautéed peppers and onions, provolone cheese and marinara sauce, on a fresh Kaiser roll from the Hilltop Bakery. Limit one entry per person. Students don’t need to be present to win.

August 31, 2015

Sodexo looking to hire 150 UWEC students for dining operations for fall semester

Sodexo is searching for 150 UWEC students to fill vacancies, as Blugold Dining bolsters operations for the fall semester.

Positions are available at Riverview Cafe East and West at the Hilltop Center, at Marketplace at Davies Center and with Blugold Catering. Job duties include serving food; interacting with customers; assisting in the preparation and storage of food; setting up and cleaning workstations; and clearing and resetting dining rooms. Students never have to leave campus for work, and Sodexo offers flexible scheduling with competitive pay, along with weekend and evening bonus pay and free meals for employees who work more than two-hour shifts.

To apply, students should visit, then enter “UWEC” in the search field for a list of openings. Students must complete the online application before attending a hiring fair, where they need to present a photo ID and their social security card for new-hire paperwork.

Aug. 31: Davies Center, 2 p.m.
Sept. 1: Hilltop Center, noon
Sept. 3: Hilltop Center, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 7: Hilltop Center, 3 p.m.
Sept. 10: Hilltop Center, 7:30 p.m.

August 26, 2015

UWEC students needed for Blugold Dining Committee


Want to have a say in dining at UWEC? Join the Blugold Dining Committee! Meetings are Wednesdays from 4-4:45 p.m. at Davies Center, with FREE food from The Dulany Inn! To apply, students living on campus should contact their hall council by Sept. 9, and students living off campus should email Blugold Dining Committee Student Chair Kaleb Storm at by Sept. 11.

February 22, 2015

Bands, beads and beignets!

Mardis Gras marks the calendar in New Orleans as the climax for event for many. When it comes to Mardis Gras week, no one can mistake the deep connection between cultural music and festival heritage that pours out of that city in bright colors and crazy costumes. With the celebration’s zesty food, rich history and of course famous parades, Mardis Gras week makes New Orleans the pin on the map many vacationers! This past Mardis Gras celebration (Tuesday, February 17th) we brought New Orleans up north for the evening and had celebration of our own. Featuring traditional creole foods to like begnies, jambalaya, grits, red beans and creole rice our cafeteria was a cultural sensation of flavor and rhythm. Decorations covered the walls and windows of Riverview in purple, green and gold as students came through the Center Plate line to get a taste of traditional creole dishes. And what brings Mardis Gras more to life than beads and jazz? UWEC’s Forward Brass Band lit up the place with their snazzy renditions of contemporary songs. Tunes like “Sweet Caroline”, “Trouble” and “Can’t Hold Us” were joined with fist pumps and cheers. Students were exited and surprised at the new mask Riverview was wearing for Mardis Gras – this was the place to be! To top it all off we had our staff give away beads to students as they walked in. The night was a huge success; many “Ooo!’s” and “Ahhh’s” were exclaimed and plates were cleaned. Riverview even had the privilege of hosting our dean of students, Joe Abhold for a spicy bowl of Jambalaya. All in all we had a blast at Riverview Café and can’t wait to throw some more beads next year!

December 16, 2014

Another successful year for Blugold Dining’s annual food drive event at UW-Eau Claire

A total of 4,280 pounds of food and $1,001 in cash was collected and donated to the Feed My People Food Bank through a recent University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire initiative to fight hunger and help those in need in the Chippewa Valley.
Blugold Dining sponsored the Helping Hands Across America food drive November 18, at all campus dining locations. In addition to individual donations, 12 campus groups collected more than 750 pounds of food and $440 in cash in response to Blugold Dining's challenge for group participation. The Accountingand Finance Departmentcollected the most food per person and was rewarded with a free catered event.

The entire Blugold Dining family was recognized for their dedication to UW-Eau Claire students and their support of the Helping Hands initiative, which provides Feed My People Food Bank with one of its largest food drive donations.

More than 14,500 individuals each month -- 38 percent of them children -- rely on food received from programs supplied by Feed My People. With UW-Eau Claire’s donation, Feed My People will be able to provide 7,858 meals to our neighbors in need.

The nonperishable food items collected on the UW-Eau Claire campus will help senior citizens, single parents, the working poor, the homeless, the mentally ill and others in need throughout the Chippewa Valley. For every dollar donated, Feed My People can obtain and distribute seven pounds of food worth more than $10. More than 6.6 million pounds of food was distributed in 2013 to hunger-relief organizations in 14 counties in west-central Wisconsin.