Whether they spring out of bed or sleepily hit snooze, Penn students have their own unique schedules and appetites. Penn Dining Services take the task of feeding the University community seriously, and the result is seriously satisfying. Beginning at 7:30 a.m. and open until 2 a.m. on weekdays, All You Care to Eat dining hours and locations serve sit-down and take-away dishes and snacks. Long before the cafés open, Bon Appétit cooks are busy preparing meals from scratch from locally sourced and environmentally conscious suppliers. And even earlier, farmers are up with their herds and flocks, milking cows and harvesting eggs, loaded onto trucks, and traveling the not-too-far distance to campus.
The ease of finding delicious and healthy meals at nearly any time of the day is complicated only by the sheer quantity of good dining options to choose from. Dishes are seasonal, with comfort staples alongside global cuisine. This spotlight on Penn Dining Services follows some of the suppliers, food service workers, chefs, and students enjoying salad bars, meze bowls, roast chicken, pizza, grilled veggies, and eggs—lots of eggs. (428 hand-cracked eggs per day to be exact.) From pre-dawn farms to late night clean-up crews, a look inside Penn Dining highlights the quality and care of the food and workers.
Homepage photo: A member of the staff adds seasoning to a lasagna dish during the busy lunch hour in the kitchen of Houston Market on Jan. 23.