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Your Food Matters

Stefanie Senkow
January 14, 2021

AMOT - BibimbapNEW LONDON, Conn. – There’s one thing that all cadets have in common—they love food! And at the Academy, cadets come to the table hungry to make the most of mealtime.

“Food and morale are intimately related. Wherever there’s morale, there’s a meal,” said Academy Executive Chef Michael Cummins.

The center of the cadets’ three daily meals is the wardroom, the Academy’s main dining hall.

“We operate on a five- week menu cycle and plan meals two weeks ahead of time,” said Lara Schrage, Food Service Director. “We meet once a month with representatives from the Corps of Cadets to get their feedback.”

So that means you have a say in what you eat.

Cadets from Golf Company collect food feedback via a survey sent out twice per semester. It has questions regarding food quality, type and space for suggestions. They meet with the catering staff monthly to share ideas.

“We discuss the survey results and what can be done or why it can’t be done. After the meeting, we will send out an email to the Corps about the changes being made or addressed,” said last semester’s cadet representative, First Class (1/c) Tyler Dominick.

You can also share ideas via a link with a QR code that gives real time feedback to either the food service division or the catering office directly.

For diverse taste buds, the catering team works with the Academy’s Affinity Councils (diversity groups) to prepare special themed dinners twice per week.

“To celebrate Asian Pacific American culture, we’ve had a luau with a Hawaiian-style full pig,” said Asian Pacific American Council advisor CDR Hoon Park. “We’ve also had sushi nights, Navajo Tacos for Native American Heritage month and much more.”

Feeling hungry? Cadets hunger for a myriad of popular dishes at the Academy.

“Sushi and Chef Kevin Ball’s amazing macaroni and cheese are some cadet favorites,” said Schrage.

Aramark is the contractor responsible for wardroom food service. See what they’re cooking up!