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 Bringing the Zest. Enhance. Enjoy. Energize. | March 2022

the nutritious nibble

In This Issue:

Commons Happenings | What's New | Trending Across Campus | Employee Spotlight | Bites from the Dietician | Chef’s Corner | Catering Corner

Commons Happenings


Be sure not to miss out on these important dates!

  • Tuesday, March 1 – Mardi Gras Dinner
  • Wednesday, March 9 – Sample Traditional Probiotic Foods (presented by UMES dietetic interns)
  • Tuesday, March 15 – World of Flavors Lunch (presented by UMES dietetic interns)
  • Thursday, March 17 – St. Patrick’s Day Dinner
  • Friday, March 18 – Commons and other on-campus dining locations close at 3:30 p.m. for spring break – have fun and be safe!
  • Sunday, March 27 – Welcome back! –Commons opens at 4:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 31 – Major League Baseball opening day! – cook-out event

Celebrate a World of Flavors!

It’s National Nutrition Month!

Celebrating flavors from cultures around the world is a tasty way to nourish ourselves and appreciate our diversity. We are all unique with different bodies, goals, backgrounds and tastes! A registered dietitian nutritionist can help you create healthy habits that celebrate your heritage and introduce you to new foods and flavor. Terry Passano, RDN is your on-campus resource!

  • Week One: Make an appointment to discuss nutrition at SU with our on-campus dietitian Terry.
  • Week Two: Explore probiotics on Wednesday, March 9, in the Commons.
  • Week Three: Sample foods from the world during our World of Flavors lunch.
  • Week Four: Enjoy spring break and make healthy choices.

See Bites from the Dietician below for more information.

What's New

  • Have you checked out the new addition to Plato’s: Simply Fine? It is designed to help those with allergies as well as people who are avoiding garlic and onions for GI health (FODMAPS diet). The veggies are steamed and undressed. The meats, poultry and fish are seasoned with just salt and pepper. There are no other sauces or ingredients. It’s just what you see with only salt and pepper.
  • Skip the wait and order ahead. Gluten-free pasta and pizza and vegan cheese pizza may be ordered in advance by calling 410-548-5598.

Trending Across Campus

March Specials

Guerrieri Student Union, Cool Beans

  • Spring into March made with peach fruit puree, vanilla ice cream base and topped with whipped cream.

Guerrieri Academic Commons, Chesapeake Bay Roasting Company

  • The Pistachio Latte features cozy flavors of sweet pistachio and rich brown butter paired with espresso and steamed milk. The Pistachio Latte can be ordered hot or iced. 

Guerrieri Academic Commons, Hungry Minds

  • Smokey or Tangy Po'boy. Our boneless wings on a sub roll served with lettuce, tomato, and your choice of Chipotle or Honey Mustard.

Employee Spotlight


Now Hiring!


Become part of our growing Dining Services family and one month maybe you will be recognized in the Employee Spotlight section of The Zest. We are nothing without the contributions of our student workers, and all locations are currently looking for talented individuals with a “hunger” for the food industry.


Earn money right here on campus, be part of a winning team, make friends and EAT WELL!

Email your application today:

Application Form

Bites from the Dietician

Terry Passano

Articles By:

Terry Passano, RDN, LDN, CLT

University Dietitian

March is National Nutrition Month. Our dietetic interns from University of Maryland Eastern Shore and I are excited to introduce you to “A World of Flavors.”


Join our interns on Wednesday, March 9, for a sampling of traditional probiotic foods and again on Tuesday, March 15, for our World of Flavors meal.


In this edition of The Zest, I discuss the uniqueness of herb and spice blends from around the world and the use of fermented foods.


Nutrition counseling services are a resource available at no cost to all SU students, staff and faculty. Call to arrange a private and confidential session.


We’d love to hear from our readers! Are there nutrition questions you have or subjects related to nutrition you would like to learn more about? Email your questions, suggestions and inquiries to for publication in our next issue of The Zest.

Chef’s Corner


Fennel Frond and Pineapple Smoothie


  • cups coconut water
  • cup loosely packed fennel fronds
  • cups frozen pineapple chunks
  • ripe bananas


  1. Pop all of the ingredients into a high-powered blender in the order listed. Blend until smooth and creamy.
  2. Serve and enjoy.

Samples available March 9 during lunch at the Commons

Catering Corner


Chef Matt’s special creation – sliced duck on a bed of Boursin cheese layered on a seasoned croustade topped with a duck crackling


Special treat from our campus bakery – molten lava cake with white chocolate raspberry semifreddo

  • Special discount- save 25%  on an Anytime Buffet or Signature Dish for events held in the Worcester, Montgomery or Frederick rooms in the Commons this semester.
  • Fresh buffet menus – check out the Silver Plate Specials section on the online ordering reservation system for five fresh buffet offerings.
  • Stadium Suite Guide – be on the lookout for our new menu for the suites at Sea Gull Stadium.
  • SU's award-winning University Catering is pleased to provide special catering to students, faculty, alumni and guests. From weddings to banquets, corporate meetings to social gatherings, University Catering does it all. Book your event today! 410-543-6105
  • We are hiring! Enjoy flexible hours and a meal when you work –no experience is necessary.

Apply Today

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UDS Hours of Operation

Check out one of our dining operations on campus.

Chesapeake Bay Roasting Company

  • Monday-Thursday: 7:30 a.m.-11 p.m.
  • Friday: 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Saturday-Sunday: Closed


  • Monday-Saturday: 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
  • Sunday: Closed

Cool Beans

  • Monday-Friday: 7:30 a.m.-9 p.m.
  • Saturday-Sunday: Noon-9 p.m.


  • Monday-Thursday: 7:15 a.m.-8:30 p.m.
  • Friday: 7:15 a.m.-7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday: 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m./4:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday: 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m./4:30 p.m.-8 p.m.

Hungry Minds

  • Monday-Thursday: 10 a.m.-11:30 p.m.
  • Friday: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Saturday: Closed
  • Sunday: 5-11:30 p.m.

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