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StrEATs brings food to on-the-go Miami students, faculty and staff

04/25/2012

StrEATS
Miami University students, faculty and staff traveling across campus can enjoy a dining option on wheels called strEATS — developed and designed in part by students. Easy to spot, it's the vehicle with the Miami-inspired red and white design and can be tracked by following @Mustreats on Twitter.

A unique style of service unlike other Miami dining options, the strEATS vehicle is based on the food trucks found in big cities.

“It’s brand new territory for us,” said Mark Andrea, manager of computer systems and marketing for Miami’s housing, dining, recreation and business services.

Meant to meet the increased demand for fast, quality food on the go, strEATS can be seen all over campus from morning until late night and features different menus depending on the time of day. Selections may include omelet wraps and pancakes in the morning and sandwiches during the afternoon and night. Customers can also get a variety of smaller side items, such as fruit or ice cream.

The Food Dudes, a group of male students that work in marketing for the Demske Culinary Support Center, played a role in the development of strEATS.

“Working with and being a part of the team behind strEATS was a thrilling experience in that we were able to see our feedback and suggestions become a reality,” said Food Dude Adam Gale, a junior psychology major at Miami.

The Food Dudes helped create the design of the truck, generated advertising materials, and they are currently updating social media. Their work began last summer when they were invited to taste tests for strEATS’ recipes and menu items.

“I found it hard to find anything to criticize; it was all delicious,” said Gale. “It was especially rewarding to witness first-hand how much the input of the students is valued and incorporated into projects like strEATS,”

The Food Dudes can also be found on the food truck cooking and serving.

“They are accomplished food testers and work hard for our program,” said Nancy Heidtman, director of dining and culinary support services at Miami.

The Twitter page of strEATS frequently asks for student feedback and suggestions for improvement. Due to one student’s recent post, the strEATS team is looking into offering menu items for certain diets, such as vegan or gluten-free, according to Andrea. Plans are still in the works for a possible summer schedule.

While strEATS is a new venture for Miami, its future success could open up a new avenue for Miami dining. “We’re always looking ahead to the future." Andrea said.

written by Melanie Henterly, intern

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