Barry McNamara  |   Published August 25, 2021

‘The Dish’ on Dining Updates

‘Menu refresh’ part of changes students will find in main dining room; Einstein Bros. Bagels to be open for home football games

MONMOUTH, Ill. – As is the case with other areas on campus, Monmouth College’s food service has been busy preparing to go back to full service for students.

SOME THINGS NEVER CHANGE: Despite all the updates in the main dining room, Penny the Omelet Lady ... SOME THINGS NEVER CHANGE: Despite all the updates in the main dining room, Penny the Omelet Lady is still whipping up made-to-order breakfast entrees with her trademark friendly service.Those preparations started late last spring, said Food Service Director Angela Goff, and the renovations to the main dining room in Stockdale Center continued throughout the summer.

“We wanted to bring some new excitement to dining this fall,” said Goff. “Each station has undergone a menu refresh. We are striving to have the residential dining area create more of a retail-like experience with ‘The Dish’ concept.”

A survey revealed that Monmouth students wanted more Asian food, so the food service responded with a dedicated line to that cuisine at the Global Kitchen station, including a daily made-to-order entrée.

“The second line at that station will offer a large variety of items from many different regions of the country and world,” said Goff.

A busy week of welcome-back activities in the cafeteria concludes Aug. 27 with a fan favorite – wings – served at the Global Kitchen station.

In the Trattoria Italian Kitchen, pizza will certainly be a favorite, but Goff said the entire line should be a hit.

“It’s not just pizza,” she said. “There will be individual pasta dishes and different styles of pizza-like items like calzones and croissants.”

A different grill special will be available every day at the Under the Hood station, while Hearth will provide a fresh variety of entrée options at both lunch and dinner, including a vegetarian option, as well as two vegetables.

“Options to take meals to go are still available. We’re taking a sustainability approach with the to-go orders and encouraging students to purchase a reusable eco-takeout container.” Angela Goff


“We have a nice variety in our deli of pre-made items and made-to-order entrees,” said Goff of the section known as Sweet Pickles, which will also feature house-made pickles.

The salad bar, Greens and Grains, has a similar look to past years and offers two soups daily in addition to the traditional lettuce, vegetables, toppings and dressing options. Those with a sweet tooth will enjoy the enhanced dessert variety at the Confectionary station, including more vegan options and items made without gluten.

“We had limited seating last year at some points, but this year we are back to full seating,” said Goff. “Options to take meals to go are still available. We’re taking a sustainability approach with the to-go orders and encouraging students to purchase a reusable eco-takeout container.”

Rinsed containers can then be brought back to the cafeteria for future meals.

In addition to an updated menu and new signage in the main dining room, Einstein Bros. Bagels shop in the Hewes Library will also be open for Fighting Scots home football games. The shop is open from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Mondays through Thursdays; from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Fridays; and from 1-5 p.m. on Sundays.

Back to News & Events

Did you know?

  • <aside class="factoid-item"><div class="factoid-item-text"><p> 99% of Monmouth students received some type of scholarship or financial assistance.</p></div><div class="factoid-item-links"><ul><li class="lw_related_page"><a href="/offices/student-financial-planning/types-of-aid/scholarships/" target="_blank">Scholarships</a></li></ul></div></aside>
  • <aside class="factoid-item"><div class="factoid-item-text"><p> Monmouth College covers the cost for all current students to get a U.S. passport. Unlock access to over 198 different countries! We’ll even help with the paperwork :)</p></div><div class="factoid-item-links"><ul><li class="lw_related_page"><a href="/academics/study-abroad/" target="_blank">Study Abroad</a></li></ul></div></aside>
  • <aside class="factoid-item"><div class="factoid-item-text"><p> 98% of Monmouth graduates were employed or enrolled in graduate school within six months of graduation.</p></div><div class="factoid-item-links"><ul><li class="lw_related_page"><a href="/wackerle-center/career-services/" target="_blank">Career Preparation</a></li></ul></div></aside>
  • <aside class="factoid-item"><div class="factoid-item-text"><p> Monmouth College offers unique academic minors in Global Public Health and Global Food Security for students who want to use their education to address global challenges. </p></div><div class="factoid-item-links"><ul><li class="lw_related_page"><a href="/academics/global-public-health/" target="_blank">Global Public Health</a></li><li class="lw_related_page"><a href="/academics/global-food-security/" target="_blank">Global Food Security</a></li></ul></div></aside>
  • <aside class="factoid-item"><div class="factoid-item-text"><p> Monmouth College has an active Pipe & Drum Band. Each year on Scholar’s Day in April the bagpipers wake students up at 6:00 a.m. by playing in the residence halls!</p></div><div class="factoid-item-links"><ul><li class="lw_related_page"><a href="/academics/music/pipe-band/" target="_blank">Pipe Band</a></li></ul></div></aside>
  • <aside class="factoid-item"><div class="factoid-item-text"><p> Monmouth College is proudly test optional. Applicants may choose whether or to submit SAT or ACT scores for admission and scholarship consideration. </p></div><div class="factoid-item-links"><ul><li class="lw_related_page"><a href="/admission/apply/test-optional/" target="_blank">Test Optional</a></li></ul></div></aside>
  • <aside class="factoid-item"><div class="factoid-item-text"><p> We offer a certified Peace Corps Preparation program that gives Peace Corps bound graduates a leg up in the application process.</p></div><div class="factoid-item-links"><ul><li class="lw_related_page"><a href="/academics/peace-corps-prep/" target="_blank">Peace Corps Prep</a></li></ul></div></aside>
  • <aside class="factoid-item"><div class="factoid-item-text"><p> Monmouth College has an educational garden and 6.7 acre farm. Students grow and harvest fruits and vegetables to sell at the local farmer’s market. </p></div><div class="factoid-item-links"><ul><li class="lw_related_urls"><a href="https://monmouthcollege.edu/academics/only-at-monmouth/educational-garden-farm/" target="_blank">Garden & Farm</a></li></ul></div></aside>
  • <aside class="factoid-item"><div class="factoid-item-text"><p><strong>Monmouth College is the birthplace of the women’s fraternity movement. Pi Beta Phi, the first such collegiate women’s organization, was founded at Monmouth in 1867. It was followed three years later by Kappa Kappa Gamma. The two pioneering organizations today boast a total of 275 active chapters nationwide.</strong></p></div><div class="factoid-item-links"><ul><li class="lw_related_page"><a href="/student-life/sororities-fraternities/" target="_blank">Sororities & Fraternities</a></li></ul></div></aside>
  • <aside class="factoid-item"><div class="factoid-item-text"><p> We’re no stranger to winning. Last year the Fighting Scots won Midwest Conference championships in Football, Women’s Soccer, Women’s Basketball and Men’s Track and Field. </p></div><div class="factoid-item-links"><ul><li class="lw_related_urls"><a href="https://monmouthscots.com/" target="_blank">Fighting Scots</a></li></ul></div></aside>
  • <aside class="factoid-item"><div class="factoid-item-text"><p> Monmouth College offers several international trips each year during 2-week Scots Terms in January and May. Recently students have traveled to Botswana, Greece, Scotland, Japan, and more. </p></div><div class="factoid-item-links"><ul><li class="lw_related_urls"><a href="https://monmouthcollege.edu/offices/global-engagement/" target="_blank">Scots Term</a></li></ul></div></aside>