Clayton State University’s Auxiliary Services department is launching some new and delicious changes for the fall 2018 semester. Aladdin Food Service will now operate all dining services on campus. The University switched from Sodexo this past spring, and with the change comes a new look, new staff, and new food options.
“Aladdin operates on several other USG campuses, and they came highly recommended. We felt like it would be a good change for the university,” said Norman Grizzell, Director of Auxiliary Services.
Starting this fall, the campus will see new dining options in place of previous ones licensed under Sodexo.
Jazzman’s Brew & Bakery, located on the second floor of the University Center is now The Grind, a “We Proudly Serve Starbucks” cafe. Grizzell said Aladdin will provide pastries and baked goods for the cafe, while coffee and tea lovers can get all their favorite Starbucks™ brewed drinks and beverages made to order.
Pizza Hut has been replaced with Da Brix Fired-Up Pizza, which will offer wood-fired inspired pizzas, calzones, Strombolis, and wings. Sub Connection has been replaced with Sub Stand for made-to-order subs and salads.
And Sandella’s Flatbread Café, housed in Laker Hall, is now Chilaca, offering fresh Mexican cuisine in a fast-casual atmosphere similar to Chipotle™.
The Lakeside Dining Hall offers eight food concepts ranging from traditional breakfast fare to home-style meals, hot grilled sandwiches, brick-oven pizza, a cooking station, salad bar, desserts, and beverages.
What will remain is Chick-fil-A Express, located in Magnolia Hall, as well as Lakeside Express, and Lakeside To-Go, the University’s eco-friendly dining option that allows customers to purchase a reusable or biodegradable to-go container to get their meal on the go.
Some minor construction at the University Center and Laker Hall began in June as the Lakeside Dining Hall received a fresh coat of paint and digital menu monitors, and more extensive changes took place as The Grind and Chilaca got a new look.
Lakeside Express, the food cart in the University Center Commons, debuted new food options for its weekly menu this summer. Students, faculty, and staff on campus have sampled hearty fare including sesame glazed salmon, country fried steak, braised beef pot roast, and southern fried chicken. And because of the success of a la carte breakfast options this summer, Lakeside Express will pilot breakfast for the fall semester.
Students interested in purchasing a meal plan can choose from the following options:
- Blue Plan: 19 meals/week with $50 Dining Dollars
- Orange Plan: 14 meals/week with $250 Dining Dollars
- 75+ Plan: 75 meals with $125 Dining Dollars
- 50+ Plan: 50 meals with $100 Dining Dollars
- 25+ Plan: 25 meals with $75 Dining Dollars
- Starter Plan: 5 meals
- Or several Dining Dollar-only plans
Faculty and Staff meal plan options include a Starter Plan with five meals for $32.50 and a 25 Meal Plan for $172.80.
All meal plans can be purchased at the LakerCard Center using cash or credit. Students with available Bookstore Bucks can use them to purchase a meal plan in the LakerCard Center between Aug. 6–Sept. 4.
Aladdin Food Service specializes in serving small to mid-size universities. They also provide dining services at Albany State University, Atlanta Metropolitan College, College of Coastal Georgia, Georgia Highlands College, Georgia State University’s Perimeter campuses, Dalton State College, and South Georgia State College.
More information about Dining Services at Clayton State, including the daily Dining Hall menu, hours of operation, and Catering, can be found at http://www.dinecsu.com/.
Meet Your New Dining Services Management Team
Dining Services will have some new friendly faces here to help make eating at Clayton State a great experience.
Mitchell Shirley, Senior Director of Food Services
Shirley is a 15-year veteran of the food service industry and has worked in country clubs, healthcare and senior living. After moving into healthcare foodservice in 2008, he eventually took on a leadership role and became a food service director in the senior living industry. Shirley earned an associate’s degree in Culinary Science from Le Cordon Bleu in 2006.
Maricus Nolley, Executive Chef
Nolley worked for Ritz-Carlton and high-end country clubs for five years before moving into higher education dining in 2010. He has worked at Emory University, Oxford College, and Georgia State University. Nolley earned an associate’s degree in Culinary Science from Le Cordon Bleu in 2004.
Kimberly Clark, Retail and Catering Manager
Clark has more than 20 years in the food service industry. After graduating from Bloomfield Tech Vocational High School in Bloomfield, NJ, Clark worked as an assistant manager for the popular food chain Red Lobster and later went on to become an assistant manager at Longhorn Steakhouse in New Jersey.
After relocating from New Jersey to Atlanta in the 1990s, Clark worked as an Assistant Manager at Po Folks. Clark may be a familiar face to many, serving as Food Services Retail Manager for Sodexo at Clayton State University. She is now the Catering and Retail Manager for Aladdin Food Service.