Some students eat at Pepperdine every day without getting to know the people who make and serve each meal. From musicians to business owners, the Bon Appètit staff is made up of employees who enjoy unique hobbies outside of their food service jobs.
Pepperdine dining locations sell food items for higher prices than local grocery stores. While Sodexo controls those prices, a California state law requires the inconsistent application of sales tax that further complicates on-campus food cost.
Howdy’s is a new addition to the Waves Café that arrived Feb. 1. The reaction to the restaurant’s arrival is overwhelmingly positive, and students enjoy having variety during lunch.
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Pepperdine students face a variety of dietary restrictions, including religious regulations, allergies and plant-based lifestyles. In their time at Pepperdine, students said they have developed ways to make sure they are getting their necessary sustenance.
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.
It’s easy for first-year students at Pepperdine to get stuck in an unappetizing rut as they are forced to pick a meal plan that costs thousands of dollars per year. To solve this, the University should offer first-year students the choice to cook for themselves by furnishing first-year dorms with full kitchens.
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.
Pepperdine Dining Services delayed indefinitely its decision on a new long-term food service partner.