What's Happening in Dining

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Mar
2018

Portola Dining Commons receives LEED Platinum Certification

Congratulations to the new Portola Dining Commons, which received LEED Platinum certification on December 4th, 2017; making it one of the first dining commons in the UC System to receive such a distinction. LEED, which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is a system developed by the U.S. Green Building...

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Jan
2018

Clockwise from Top Left: Vegan Schnitzel, Pad Thai, Chicken Tikka Masala, and Birthday Cake

Each quarter, UCSB’s four dining commons present a memorable, fun, and unique Theme Meal to students, and fall quarter’s Theme Meals did not disappoint!

Ortega celebrated its 60th birthday with a 1950’s theme, right down to the tunes playing on the speakers, the staff dressed in their coolest threads...

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18

Dec
2017

Ramen bowls and spinach ricotta flatbreads offered at the new Portola

Forget whatever preconceived notions come to mind when you hear the words dining commons, because the new Portola is redefining campus dining with every meal. Yes, the majestic building, spacious interior, and cutting-edge equipment is enough to set Portola apart. But what’s on the plate is perhaps the most impressive:...

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03

Nov
2017

Interior and exterior of Portola, the Portola team, the rotisserie oven

After four years of planning, the new Portola Dining Commons is open - and it’s more than just a delicious meal in an impressive new building! At approximately 30,000 square feet of dining space, it is also the largest of UCSB’s four dining commons, serving up to 3,000 hungry customers a day. Portola offers seating for about 800,...

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02

Oct
2017

Coffee Bar, Blended Drink, Produce Section, Market Display

Move-In Weekend marked the opening of Residential Dining’s new Tenaya Market & Eatery! Located within the new San Joaquin Villages, the full-service market combines convenience store staples with grocery store items such as...

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25

May
2017

Food Waste Reduction

We are making a better tomorrow and changing the way we think of climate change. Finding solutions include reducing food waste. Director of Residential Dining, Jill Horst, explains how #UCSB Residential Dining has managed to reduce food waste in the featured video from the...

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02

Jun
2016

We are ready to keep you hydrated and stomachs happy! #UCSB Concessions is excited to be a part of Commencement weekend, providing graduating Gauchos, families, friends, and other visitors with a one-stop shop for their food and beverage needs. Concessions will be located at two central locations— Student Resource Building (SRB) Lawn...

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09

Apr
2016

Spring Insight, Dining Tabling

We are excited to welcome prospective students, admitted Gauchos, families and friends to Spring Insight on Saturday, April 9th! Our campus will be filled with hundreds of visitors during this Open House. Many will participate in various events from college presentations, faculty lectures, tours & fair exhibitions...

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16

Mar
2016

Miramar Market

With great excitement, The Miramar Market within Sierra Madre Villages opened its doors to residents and the adjacent community on February 23th, 2016. It is Residential Dining’s first retail market! The market provides a convenient stop for students (and neighbors) to purchase anything from hot coffee or tea, refreshing...

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10

Dec
2015

UCSB Waffle

At every breakfast and brunch, gaucho pride is savored by our residents and served on their plate; UCSB waffles have a special place in our tummies and hearts. This fall dining premiered a video tutorial on YouTube which demonstrates step-by-step how to make a UCSB waffle, using the logoed waffle irons in the Dining Commons. The video...

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