News Archive

WBNG Reports - Binghamton University dining manager wins Everyday Heroes Award

July 21, 2023

Binghamton University Dining Services Retail Operations Manager Christopher Harasta was one of five people in the country to receive the “2023 Everyday Heroes Award” from the Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation.

Dining Services manager named a Sodexo Hero of Everyday Life

July 13, 2023

Chris Harasta, retail operations manager in the Marketplace, was recognized for his dedication to community sustainability and food insecurity initiatives, including the the Move Out Project, Food Recovery Network and Volunteers Improving Neighborhood Environments (VINES).

Plant-based Culinary Innovation Comes to Binghamton

May 10, 2023

Jennifer DiFrancesco, the director of culinary innovation for Sodexo Campus, shared her plant-based passion with Binghamton University students and staff for A Day of Plant-Based Innovation on April 27. Read more to learn about the events organized by Binghamton University Dining Services (BUDS), including samplings of plant-based menu items and multiple cooking demonstrations hosted at the Culinary MakerSpace in Hinman Dining Center.

Binghamton Students and BUDS Management Team say “Thank U”

April 10, 2023

Employers across the country utilize National Employee Appreciation Day (NEAD) as an opportunity to express their gratitude for the hard work and dedication of their employees. Every year NEAD is celebrated on the first Friday of March.

From Grab-and-Go to Made-to-Order, Students with Dietary Restrictions Have Options

February 10, 2023

For students with food allergies and dietary restrictions, going away to college means determining what to eat, where to eat, and what meals are safe to eat. Learn more about the different options Binghamton University Dining Services offers to accommodate students with special dietary needs.

Chick-N-Bap Makes QSR's 2023 Top 40/40 List of America's Hottest Startup Fast Casuals

February 07, 2023

Chick-N-Bap makes QSR's 40/40 List for 2023's America's Hottest Startup Fast Casuals, representing 40 restaurants with less then 40 locations they believe are on the verge of something big. Read more about how Sung Kim, Binghamton University alum and Chick-N-Bap founder, developed this concept and brought it to campus!

Sustainable, Convenient, and Free: Grab an OZZI To-Go Container from Any Resident Dining Hall

February 06, 2023

In the Spring of 2020, Binghamton University Dining Services (BUDS) joined forces with the Student Culinary Council (SCC) to bring a new, environmentally friendly take-out container system to campus known as OZZI. Having made national headlines for its impact on waste reduction, OZZI is the leading sustainability partner for university campuses, restaurants, and other business facilities across the United States.

Binghamton University Community Comes Together to Stop Hunger

November 07, 2022

Each semester, Binghamton University Dining Services (BUDS) partners with Broome County CHOW (Community Hunger Outreach Warehouse) and our on-campus Food Pantry to provide a variety of food items to Binghamton students and Broome County residents facing food insecurity through a week-long food drive called Stop Hunger. This semester, Stop Hunger ran from Monday, October 24 until Sunday, October 30 and resulted in the donation of 16,400 meals.

Binghamton University Dining Services provides industry experience for Culinary Institute of America students

November 01, 2022

In addition to the over 18,000 students currently enrolled at Binghamton University, one additional student was excited to come to campus this fall to get hands-on experience and contribute to the campus community through a new externship program with Binghamton University Dining Services (BUDS).

BUDS Celebrates Earth Day

May 12, 2022

Earth Day is a time for us all to think about what we can do to support our environment and share the different ways that we can better our environmental impact and practice sustainability. This Earth Day, on April 22, Binghamton University Dining Services (BUDS) joined in on University festivities and held exciting activities of our own!

Stop Hunger Aids Food Pantry and Students on Campus

April 28, 2022

Each semester, Binghamton University Dining Services (BUDS) partners with Broome County CHOW (Community Hunger Outreach Warehouse) and the Binghamton University on-campus Food Pantry to provide a variety of food items to students and Broome County residents facing food insecurity through the week-long Stop Hunger Food Drive.

BUDS Celebrates National Employee Appreciation Day

March 18, 2022

Binghamton University Dining Services (BUDS) would be nothing without our incredibly dedicated and hardworking employees; so, when it came to National Employee Appreciation Day (NEAD) on March 4, we wanted to make sure our employees were celebrated and knew how much we appreciate all that they do.

Binghamton Faculty, Staff and Students Work Together to Help Fight Hunger

November 08, 2021

Each semester, Binghamton University Dining Services (BUDS) partners with Broome County CHOW (Community Hunger Outreach Warehouse) and our on-campus Food Pantry to provide a variety of food items to students and Broome County residents facing food insecurity through a week-long food drive called Stop Hunger.

Food Management Reports: Binghamton University alumni launches bubble tea stand on campus

October 22, 2021

New York’s Binghamton University has a new bubble tea concept on campus—and a former student is running the show.

Food Service Director Reports: Binghamton University grad launches bubble tea concept on campus

October 20, 2021

In June, Leighton Blackwood graduated from Binghamton University’s School of Management. Five months later, he is operating his bubble tea concept, 2nd Heaven, at the student union on campus, partnering with foodservice provider Sodexo to turn his undergrad entrepreneurial project into a reality.

NewsChannel 34 Reports: Binghamton University Business Administration graduate opens bubble tea store

October 08, 2021

A recent Binghamton University graduate took what he learned from his time at Binghamton and just became a business owner.

Supply Chain and Labor Notice

August 19, 2021

We appreciate your understanding as we experience some potential changes to product availability and staffing...

BUDS Blog: BUDS Works to Reduce its Ecological Impact

April 22, 2021

Every April 22, countries around the world observe Earth Day. Scientists, leaders, activists and communities come together to discuss the environmental crisis and how we can combat it. This year's theme is Restore our Earth™. Binghamton University Dining Services (BUDS) joins the conversation by highlighting some of the ways we are decreasing our ecological footprint and doing our part to save the environment.

Student Feedback Enhances Kosher Korner

April 08, 2021

Kosher Korner (KK) is located in the C4 Dining Center and is Orthodox Union certified. Binghamton University Dining Services (BUDS) acknowledges KK plays a vital role in our community by serving students who observe a Kosher diet. It also stands proudly as one of the few Kosher establishments in Broome County.

BUDS Blog: Meet Brendan Hurley, the Intern Behind Bearcat Byte

April 07, 2021

Brendan Hurley is a Binghamton University Dining Services (BUDS) Editorial Intern. He is also the voice behind Bearcat Byte.

Stop Hunger Campaign to Raise Funds for People Facing Food Insecurity

March 26, 2021

The Stop Hunger food drive is a bi-annual event centered on raising supplies for students and Broome County residents facing food insecurity. This year, Binghamton University Dining Services (BUDS) will hold the campaign from March 26 to April 2. All contributions will go to the Community Hunger Outreach Warehouse (CHOW®) and the University Food Pantry.

Food Network Feature: 10 Small Changes to Eat Healthier Forever

March 18, 2021

Research shows that making small changes to your current eating plan tends to work much better in the long run. BUDS Dietitians Julie Lee, MS, RD, CDN and Alexa Schmidt, RD, CDN recommend fueling up on fiber-rich foods and bridging the gap between meals with healthy snacks; find their advice on slides 2 and 6!

National Nutrition Month® - Personalize Your Plate with BUDS

March 08, 2021

National Nutrition Month® is a campaign created by The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. During March, organizations across the country strive to educate the public on the importance of healthy eating. Binghamton University Dining Services (BUDS) joins the movement by highlighting how students can make campus dining easy, balanced and delicious.

BUDS Blog: National Employee Appreciation Day

March 04, 2021

Binghamton University Dining Services (BUDS) is composed of spectacular employees whose collective efforts make our work possible.

BUDS Blog: 5 Exciting Reasons Breakfast, Burgers & Beyond Follows a Rotating Menu

February 24, 2021

Binghamton University Dining Services rebranded Cakes and Eggs to Breakfast, Burgers and Beyond (BB&B). The station is conveniently located in the MarketPlace and serves delicious breakfast sandwiches and platters and an extensive array of burgers. The creator of BB&B's burgers, Chef Charlie Williams, CEC, CCA, said the menu rotates to allow for innovative ideas, holiday celebrations and seasonal flavors, among other exciting reasons.

8 New Things Coming to Campus Dining This Spring

January 22, 2021

Binghamton University Dining Services (BUDS) is always looking for new and exciting ways to reinvent and evolve our services on campus. We have been busy getting ready to re-open the spring semester with some new and exciting concepts that are sure to make your taste ‘BUDS’ come back for more!

New Services for the Spring Semester in Dining

January 13, 2021

The launch of the Spring semester will mark the opening of new concepts and increased menu options in resident and retail dining as compared to the Fall semester.

Joseph Laskaris Receives a Second Star Award

December 10, 2020

Our very own Joe Laskaris received the Binghamton University STAR Award. His extraordinary service as BUDS' catering director made him the only person in the university's history to receive the award for a second time.

Feeding Quarantined/Isolated Students Requires Effort

November 16, 2020

To support the student experience while the campus manages the spread of COVID-19, Binghamton University Dining Services (BUDS) has created a comprehensive meal delivery service for students in campus isolation or quarantine housing.

BUDS to Celebrate World Vegan Month

November 03, 2020

November is World Vegan month and Binghamton University Dining Services (BUDS) will celebrate it by hosting a vegan dinner event. Through it, we hope to educate the public on veganism while also introducing students to meals free of animal products.

Joyce Haines, Celebrating 50 Years of Service at Binghamton University

September 24, 2020

Binghamton University Dining Services (BUDS) is proud to recognize outstanding employees for their hard work and dedication to service. This year we are celebrating one of our exceptional employees, Joyce Haines, on her 50th anniversary at Binghamton University.

Dining on Campus: Safety and Changes

September 15, 2020

Binghamton University Dining Services (BUDS) maintains that the health and safety of our students and staff is our top priority, and we will continue to work to provide great services in these uncertain times.

Bearcat Chats: Updates to Dining Services

September 04, 2020

On this edition of Bearcat Chats, host Jacob Wilkins addresses questions and concerns about the changes to Binghamton University Dining Services this semester with Jim Ruoff (District Manager, BUDS) and Yuhan Bae of the Student Culinary Council.

BUDS Opening Hours

August 13, 2020

Dining hours of operation for Fall 2020

Restarting Binghamton: Campus Dining Options and Updates For Fall

August 13, 2020

How Binghamton University will provide a safe campus dining experience for students, faculty and staff

Binghamton University Dining News

July 20, 2020

What to expect when campus dining reopens on August 17

together we rise! Dining on Campus in the Now and New Normal

June 02, 2020

Students and parents are concerned about the potential dangers of campus life in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Dining has become an area of particular focus, with consumers expressing a heightened emphasis on food safety and flexible dining options. This brief communication piece explains the steps Sodexo is taking to safeguard the health and well-being of everyone who dines on campus.

Binghamton University Dining Services Gives Back to Employees Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

May 26, 2020

Binghamton University Dining Services is finding a way to help BU employees during this difficult time.

A Note to Our Guests About the Coronavirus

March 12, 2020

We take our responsibility for the well-being of the communities we serve seriously and want to share with you the contingency measures we are taking to keep the communities we serve and our employees safe.

From Disposable To Reusable, One Meal at a Time

February 04, 2020

The OZZI system, now in place in Binghamton University’s dining halls — two in Chenango Champlain, two in Appalachian and one in College-in-the-Woods — allows diners to fill a reusable container with food and return the container after use.

BUDS Dietitian Navigates On-Campus Dining for Week-Long Healthy Eating Challenge

December 09, 2019

Before diving into the full Healthy Campus Meal Challenge blog, check out this Q&A with campus dietitian and resident dining hall expert Julie Lee (MS, RD, CDN) for some background info and quick tips!

Binghamton University Dining Services Replaces Starbucks Store with a Mobile Truck

November 14, 2019

This fall semester, Sodexo at Binghamton University added the first Starbucks mobile truck to the Sodexo portfolio of food service technologies.

Binghamton University receives A+ rating from PETA

November 14, 2019

This November, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals conducted its nationwide survey of vegan options in college dining halls, assigning each university a letter grade and subsequent ranking according to the quality and variety of vegan food on its campus.

The Chenango Room - The Best Sit-Down Restaurant On Campus

September 05, 2019

The Chenango Room offers a place for students and faculty alike to enjoy a meal in a bustling, yet cozy, cafe environment.

Hinman Dining Hall to get a new look

July 29, 2019

Exciting changes are coming to campus dining services this fall, beginning with the addition of a Starbucks truck to campus as Hinman Dining Hall undergoes a major renovation.

College concept uses student input to balance sustainability and appeal

July 17, 2019

Binghamton University’s Fresh Impressions was created in collaboration with the campus student food sustainability group.

BUDS Cashier honored by Services for Students with Disabilities

April 25, 2019

Dining Services cashier recognized this month for her encouragement and assistance to students with disabilities.

Binghamton University chefs receive American Culinary Federation CEC® certification

April 06, 2018

Binghamton University Dining Services today announced Chefs Charlie Williams and Sam Pfaffenbach have earned Certified Executive Chef® (CEC®) designation...

BUDS Dietitian featured on Readers Digest Avocado Recipes That Will Make Your Mouth Water

April 06, 2018

Julie Lee, MS, RD, at Binghamton University shares this easy breakfast option to fuel your morning. The combination of healthy fats from the avocado, protein from the egg, and complex carbs from the toast breakdown slowly...

Service in the snow Binghamton University dining halls open during state of emergency

April 06, 2018

Binghamton University Dining Services (BUDS) is receiving great praise from students, faculty and administration for its seamless service during winter storm Stella which blasted the East Coast this month. The Binghamton area received over 31 inches of snowfall. Over the course of the two-day blizzard, BUDS served 21,137 meals, obtained safe accommodations for 42 employees, and engaged stud...

Binghamton University Dining donates nearly 10,000 meals to the hungry

April 06, 2018

A coordinated effort by Binghamton University Dining Services (BUDS) and students helps fill a bus with 7,125 pounds of donated food which converted to nearly 10,000 meals. The program was a comprehensive initiative spearheaded by BUDS that involved numerous campus departments and students. Results benefited students in need on campus and hungry families in the community. Non-perishables as wel...