Pepperdine University’s new dining service has joined the community with some mixed feelings. As more students return to campus this semester, Bon Appétit prepare for its future at Pepperdine.
The University’s lack of dining options hinders students’ accessibility to eat after and during business hours. When Malibu closes up shop for the night, Pepp students are left to their own devices.
Pepperdine will start a new dining service contract with Bon Appètit in August 2022, ending its four-decade contract with Sodexo. Bon Appètit is based in Redwood City, Calif., and operates 1,000 cafes in 33 states.
What is the Pepper-Pulse on Sodexo’s Dining Service?
Junior Hikari Matsumoto lives in Seaside Residence Hall. Matsumoto argues there should be a store, just like Nature’s Edge, located near or inside Seaside.
Pepperdine’s dining options are as unsatisfying and chaotic as ever, and the issues begin and end with the school’s food service provider Sodexo. The Graphic staff calls for the University to choose a new provider when Sodexo’s contract ends in 2022.
Pepperdine’s facilities have found ways to operate in a fully reopened campus while maintaining COVID-19 requirements. Plans include utilizing new materials, changing operations and finding ways to limit traffic.
Pepperdine plans to keep Sodexo as Pepperdine’s food provider through July 2022 and resume the Request for Proposal process for a new long-term contract in the fall of 2021. Vice President and Chief Business Officer Nicolle Taylor discusses changes to the RFP process and dining experience resulting from COVID-19.
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Dining Services narrows candidates down to three finalists and discusses what they are looking for