Members of the University community celebrated the grand opening of the newly renovated Danforth Dining Hall and a new campus marketplace in late August, just in time for the arrival of students for the 2011–12 school year.
The newly designed dining center features Danforth Fresh Food Company, an all-you-care-to-eat residential restaurant that features fresh, made-to-order meals for students at the University. With a daily, rotating menu, the facility offers a variety of culinary options, including vegetarian and vegan.
The restaurant's new design brings the cooking out of the kitchen and into visible, open stations with fresh ingredients front and center so that students can watch—and direct—the cooking of their meals. The facility will have an open-hearth oven, two sauté areas, a Mongolian grill, deli/salad bar, and grill. The new space also includes modern furniture with an eco-friendly twist; plastic chairs in the restaurant were created using 100 percent recycled Coca Cola products, while the facility's aluminum chairs incorporate 80 percent recycled products.