Blog Author:
Toni Ann Apadula, RDN, LDN, CEDRD

Welcome to Duke!

Whether you are a first year student away from home for the first time, or returning as an upperclassman and ready to explore your dining options on West, you might want some tips about how to eat well on campus. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.

Think of healthy eating as having three components, timing, balance and mindfulness.

1.       Timing. Remember to eat regularly throughout the day; you can’t expect to get through your busy days if you don’t have energy (and food is energy!). A common mistake many students make is skipping meals or going too many hours without eating. If you have the First Year Board plan don’t forget to eat a small meal or snack to keep you going between meals.  

Check out this Duke Today article for some 4th of July recipe ideas, featuring Duke Dining Chefs Darelle Bey, Wallace Burrows and Gloris Daniels! 4th of July Recipes


We are proud to announce the winners of our Passport to Penn Pavilion promotion that took place 3/19-4/23 where students, faculty and staff had the opportunity to purchase an entree from each venue at Penn Pavilion for a chance to win one of three prizes! Drum roll please.....

Our winners are:

Junior Nana Amma Mpiani won the IPAD!

Freshman Keith Sobb won the 26" Men's Mountain Bike!

Sophomore Allison Draper won the Duke Gift Pack!


Duke Dining hosted their annual Customer Appreciation Dinner at the Marketplace with a Cruise theme featuring menus from the Caribbean, Bahamas, Hawaii, Asia, New Zealand, South America and Europe! Check out the video highlights here!



Duke Dining locations recognized for sustainability efforts!

It isn't uncommon for Fares Hanna, the owner of Twinnie's and Blue Express eateries on campus, to spend time researching user-friendly, compostable to-go containers or rearranging his kitchens to accommodate reusable china and silverware.

Both locations were just crowned "Most Improved" in the Green Dining Awards, which highlights Duke eateries and their sustainable practices every year, since 2010.

Read more.


A new study has recently been published by the American Academy of Food Science that eating with your hands, instead of utensils, is better for your body. According to a study published by AAFS, where 100 men and women were tested over a four-year period, eating with your hands enables your body to absorb more nutrients because the food is easily absorbed through your hands as opposed to eating with forks and spoons. By eating with your hands you are getting twice as many nutrients because you are not only taking the food orally, it is also absorbed into your bloodstream through your hands. In addition eating with your hands curbs the appetite and makes you feel full, sooner, than if utensils were used. The groups were split into two with one group using utensils for 5 meals a week and the other group using their hands.


On any given day, Urban Ministries of Durham may provide about 600 meals between breakfast, lunch and dinner. Thanks to a partnership between Duke Dining and Urban Ministries of Durham, some of those meals are easier to plan, prepare and provide to people in need. Last week, Duke handed over between 50 to 75 pounds of food to the local shelter that will use it to feed local residents. Read full article here.


In a glass jar of unspecified height and width, lay an indeterminate number of candy corn treats.  Indeterminate? No! The officials of the Candy Corn Contest knew that there were precisely 2676 candy corn treats in the jar.  It remained to be seen who could come closest to guessing that number.