Friday, July 8, 2016

PPCC drops Sodexo, gains food trucks

Posted By on Fri, Jul 8, 2016 at 11:48 AM

Yesterday we noted the arrival of a new Cambodian food truck named Awaken, noting they'd be launching service today at Pikes Peak Community College's Rampart Range Campus. 

Well, there's a bigger story to that according to media spokespeople for PPCC, Warren Epstein and Karen Kovaly. 

click to enlarge The Heavenly Dessert Company will be one vendor on PPCC's campuses. - MATTHEW SCHNIPER
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  • The Heavenly Dessert Company will be one vendor on PPCC's campuses.
"We’ve not renewed our contract with Sodexo, instead going entirely local," Epstein told the Indy Thursday. "Rue Lyon, former majority shareholder of Kangaroo Coffee, will be doing our concessions on our largest campuses. And that will be supplemented by food trucks. Big move away from national corporate food to local, and Rue plans to source from regional ingredients whenever possible."

Today, Kovaly followed up with a press release which explains the new format in full:

“We’re excited about offering our students, faculty, staff and guests fresh, quality choices as well as supporting our local business community,” said PPCC President Lance Bolton.
The new food provider, Rue Lyon, had been the majority owner of Kangaroo Coffee. She plans to serve a variety of hot and cold sandwiches, soups, salads and snacks.
“I want to have outstanding food and a hip social space where students will want to relax and enjoy,” Lyon said.
Lyon says she will source local and regional ingredients whenever possible. She also plans to employ PPCC culinary students for special events and even foresees integrating business students, creating an environment to teach what it takes to run a small business.
Both concession areas are currently closed for renovation. The Centennial Campus concessions will open the week of July 11 and the Rampart Range on the week of July 18.
But Lyon sees this as a long-term evolutionary process, and will be making small adjustments to the spaces and the food over the course of a year.

Among the food trucks:
· Vore, specializing in gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches
· Potato! Potato! specializing in French fries with various toppings
· Heavenly Desserts, specializing in gourmet sweets
· Mira Sol, specializing in New Mexican cuisine
· Awaken, specializing in Cambodian cuisine
· Smokinist Barbeque, specializing in smoked meats
· SuppenBar, specializing in German soups and salads

The trucks will serve 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Centennial Campus on the south side of town. The schedule for the Rampart Range Campus on the north end of town is still in the works. Schedules will be posted on the Pikes Peak Community College Facebook page.

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