Duquesne University Announces Partnership with Parkhurst Dining
Duquesne's campus will have fresh dining options thanks to a new partnership with Parkhurst Dining, which will provide the University's food service management beginning Wednesday, Aug. 7. Duquesne selected Parkhurst based on its award-winning food service management and commitment to high quality as well as its fresh, local, made-from-scratch approach to dining services.
"Parkhurst is a culinary-focused food service management provider that values quality, personalized guest services, professional catering experience and, just as important, an organization that makes a difference in the community," said Dave DiPetro, Duquesne University executive director of auxiliary services.
Parkhurst's experience with providing fresh, made-to-order food sourced locally, including Penn's Corner Alliance, helps to support more than 200 of the finest local growers, family-owned farms and producers of food within a 125-mile radius of its service areas. This greatly reduces the distance that food travels from harvest to table.
"Health and wellness are key aspects to Duquesne's dining program," said Parkhurst Vice President of Higher Education Dining Bill Albright. "Through FarmSourceTM, Parkhurst's sustainable sourcing program, we are able to offer fresh and healthier products that complement well-balanced, nutritional dining that encourages our guests to gather, while sharing a great meal."
International foods will also be a focal point of dining services through which students will learn about the world around them from Parkhurst culinary teams in action. Parkhurst chefs prepare foods to-order in front of guests using authentic ingredients and food preparation techniques. In addition, they provide a culinary education as they describe the ingredients and local agriculture used to prepare the selections. Chefs will also make recommendations when diners ask for complimentary flavors.
"We are excited to provide Duquesne University students, faculty and guests with a variety of healthy options prepared by our creative culinary teams from scratch, including soups made from stock, fresh-dough pizza and burgers that are fresh, never frozen," said Albright.
Parkhurst special events managers and chefs will also enhance Duquesne University's catering program, working hand-in-hand with clients creating a menu, décor and customized guest services unique to each event. Parkhurst's reputation as one of the most requested caterers throughout Pittsburgh will rejuvenate catering with flexible options and innovative menu offerings to accommodate small or large meetings and special events such as weddings, parties and other memorable moments.
With everything from comfort foods, culturally diverse selections, to on the go!, diners will experience a variety of healthier, innovative and progressive dining and catering options that better meets the needs of Duquesne University's campus community.
Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic research universities for its award-winning faculty and tradition of academic excellence. The University is nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review for its rich academic programs in nine schools of study for nearly 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and by the Washington Monthly for service and contributing to students' social mobility. Duquesne is a member of the U.S. President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for its contributions to Pittsburgh and communities around the globe. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges acknowledge Duquesne's commitment to sustainability.