Meet the chef: Eric Cartwright

Executive Chef Eric CartwrightMeet Eric Cartwright, our Executive Chef of Campus Dining Services. We interviewed Eric to get to know him a bit better, and here is what he had to say.

  1. Tell us your favorite ingredient and describe it in three words.
    Butter – smooth, rich, creamy.
  2. Best dish you’ve ever made.
    Lobster and Truffle Mac-n-Cheese.
  3. If you could cook a meal for anyone, who would it be?
    Definitely the CDS marketing team! [We appreciate that, Eric!]
  4. Favorite CDS event.
    Taste of Missouri. Having the opportunity to focus on the local foods we offer from farms around Missouri is really special.
  5. Where do you look for inspiration?
    Eating out around town and when I travel, various Farmer’s Markets and trade magazines.
  6. I can’t stop eating ____.
    Newton’s Cranberry Fruit Thins – I’m not into sweets but they are just addictive.
  7. Best culinary experience you’ve ever had?
    Culinary Enrichment and Innovation Program at the Culinary Institute of America.
  8. When did you realize you wanted to be a chef?
    I’ve cooked my entire life, but around 16 my mom said “what are you going to do?” Cooking seemed logical.
  9. Education.
    Johnson and Wales University, Culinary Arts
    University of Missouri, Business Management (in progress)
  10. Basic bio info (from where? family, pets, hobbies?)
    Hometown – Gloucester, Virginia.
    Pets – 6 horses, 2 dogs, 6 cats.
    Hobbies – gardening, woodworking.

Lastly, here is a delicious recipe from Eric that you can make at home!


Your Voice. Your Change.

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In the 2013 Customer Satisfaction Survey, you asked for more healthy options at Campus Dining Services locations. We heard you, and we made some changes.

– Any wrap at Kate & Emma’s can be ordered as a bowl, saving close to 300 calories, depending on what type of tortilla is used.

– Catalyst Café’s sausage, egg and cheese breakfast sandwich on an English muffin has 26g of protein and is only 450 calories. It’s a delicious and healthy way to start your day.

– Rollins, Plaza 900 and Pavilion at Dobbs now feature a larger variety of fruits and vegetables.

Campus Dining Services is always looking to improve. If you have suggestions or ideas, we would love to hear from you. You can tweet us @mucampusdining or by email at

Event Recap: Bengal Rock Party 5

Last Thursday was Bengal Rock Party 5 at Plaza 900 and it was an absolute blast! Thousands of students came by for live entertainment, dinner, a visit from Truman, tie-dying and a few even tried out some dance moves with their friends.

If you were able to stop by we hope you had as much fun as we did. If you were there, let us know what you thought! You can comment on this blog post, let us know on Facebook or  tweet @mucampusdining.

Earthright Week


This week is about raising awareness of our sustainability efforts across campus! Join us each day during these special events to learn more about Earthright. Special thanks to Missouri Students Association, Residence Halls Association and the Environmental Leadership Office.

Let us know what you think all week on Twitter using #Earthright.

International Food Week

International Foods Week PosterToday begins International Foods Week! For the next four nights you can try a variety of different foods from different places and truly broaden your horizons! These dinner menus will be available at all of our all–you–care–to–eat locations. Our normal menu options are also available all week and you can see the complete dinner menus by clicking here. Enjoy!