Executive orders from the State of Colorado to limit dine-in seating capacity, coupled with the University’s public health guidelines that follow CDC and Larimer County guidelines for physical distancing, made the changes to Residential Dining necessary. We had to re-think the typical on-campus dining experience and switch to a primarily to-go/order ahead model, which has never been our primary mode of operation.
Restaurants across the state/nation/world are wrestling with some of these changes too. The difference with on-campus dining is that we are accustomed to serving lines and buffets, which add an extra layer of complexity when serving 5,000+ on-campus residents on a daily basis: IE high volume, diversity of food selection, and range of dietary needs.
Over the summer, Residential Dining staff restructured our entire operation to align with the new guidelines, including developing a brand-new meal ordering system with a 3rd party vendor, switching from a primarily in-person dining operation to a to-go dining model, rewriting all menus, restructuring purchasing, training staff, developing communications and publications, changing the layouts within the dining centers, adding additional pick-up options and locations, and acquiring/distributing reusable cutlery sets for all hall residents.
To adhere to social distancing guidelines, we offer four distinct ways to use your meal plan on campus. To make this as easy as possible, an online ordering system must be used for the majority of your meals through myramcard.colostate.edu.
- Order ahead meals are available at Braiden, Durrell, The Foundry, and Ram’s Horn and feature rotating themed meals for take-out. Each location rotates different meals so there are plentiful options available every day. Kosher, Halal (A la carte only), Vegan, Vegetarian, and allergen friendly options are available every day as well. You can order ahead seven days in advance or up to the minute based on availability, and is your go to for your meal needs. In Dining seating may be available at these locations on a first come first serve basis as regulations allow. Payment is processed when you pick up your meal.
- A La Carte ordering is available at Durrell Express, Rams Horn Express, and RAMwich Express. Build your entrée cart via online ordering, select an available pick up time, and a notification will be sent to you once your order is ready. Payment is processed at the time you order.
- The Mini Markets located at Durrell and Ram’s Horn offer a variety of grocery and snack items for you to stock up your room. Build your order online and select an available pick up time. Payment is processed at the time you order.
- Grab & Go options are available during the week at Allison and Newsom for a quick bite on the run. Online ordering is not available at these locations. Payment is processed when you pick up your meal.
On-Campus meal plans can be used twice per meal period. Note that meal swipes will be processed at the time of your order and during the meal period in which the is being placed at the Express and Mini Market locations.