Walk into the Aerie and you’ll immediately notice that something has changed; the Aerie is under the new management of Pioneer Catering, with Ed Norman as the proverbial “Dean of Foods,” and Diane Trandum as the manager of the Aerie Café. Newly hired this summer, Trandum has introduced her own homemade baked goods to the Aerie’s menu.
Enjoy freshly-baked cinnamon rolls, muffins—like the special coffeecake muffin with cream cheese filling—and other pastries, or choose a sandwich that can be pressed into a Panini in minutes from the new selection of items. There are also salads and other chilled foods to choose from with a fresh, new look.
While there are many changes occurring in the Aerie, you can still get the same gourmet coffees and teas that have always been offered. However, the prices on the drinks, and everything else in the store, have been changed to show the original price combined with the sales tax for a quicker and easier transaction. “We are excited… to serve the students the best we can through coffee shop ministry!” the Aerie Café recently tweeted.
The Caf has also been rumored to be working hard at improving the quality of its food selections. For example, the traditionally “healthy” buffet section has been tweaked into a gluten-free buffet. You can expect further changes and improvements to the Caf throughout the semester. The food is already impressing students. “The unlimited soda and ice cream is awesome. It’s also really cool that the grill is open all the time,” Freshman Colton Brown enthused.
The Caf has also updated technologically, providing weekly menus on their Eagle page. Students can also special order treats from the Caf, including birthday cakes, cookies by the dozen, fresh fruit, and a student “survival pack,” including fresh fruit, chips, orange juice, cookies, cereal, hot chocolate, cups and napkins, and several other necessities to make it through an entire night of studying. Caf hours and notices are also now easily accessible through the Eagle website.
The NU world of food is taking huge leaps forward this year, so expect plenty of positive changes this semester that will make your life easier and healthier.
Written by Kalynn Martell