Bookstore brewing up new selections

The Bookstore is now serving coffee, tea, other beverages and a variety of food.

The Bookstore is now serving coffee, tea, other beverages and a variety of food.

Something is brewing for food service at Shoreline Community College.

As of Aug, 15, 2013, the college will end its five-year relationship with Chartwells, a division of British-based Compass Group PLC. Chartwells has been the primary food-service provider on campus, including the cafeteria in the PUB, espresso stands, vending and catering services.

“We are taking this opportunity to go in a different direction,” said Mary Kelemen, Executive Director for Auxiliary and Logistical Support Services. Kelemen said that final negotiations with the firm selected to provide food services are happening now. “We’ll make an announcement once all the details are in place. I think our students, employees and community members will be happy with the choice and services.”

One significant change with the new contract is that the college bookstore is expanding to more of a convenience store model and will sell more food and beverage items, including coffee service. Work to rearrange food displays and expand the number of offerings is happening now, said Jennifer Corey, bookstore buyer who is heading up the project.

This expansion of services to the campus community will feature the best in mild, medium and bold roasted coffees. We will also be serving the finest Stash teas and cocoa. The campus bookstore’s self-service bar is even more exciting with its a

ssortment of flavor shots and iced Granitas in two flavors. The Bookstore has also expanded its selection of food with the addition of delicious and healthy grab-and-go snacks. The bookstore is adding some fresh foods, including sandwiches, salads, yogurt, milk and even locally sourced hard-boiled eggs.

Corey said she hopes to have the final touches on Bookstore Brew finished by Wednesday, Aug. 14. The opening will feature free coffee. The bookstore remains open for service during the month-long break between quarters when food service on campus has previously been unavailable.

“We’re excited to let people know we are here and invite everyone in to see all of the new items that we are offering,” Corey said.

For the main campus food service, Kelemen acknowledged that during the transition from Chartwells to the new vendor, arranging catering services for on-campus events will take a little extra effort. “We will have catering available, but anyone who needs such service should call me.”

 SCC/Jim Hills

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