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Changes to MCTC Dining and Catering Provider

Posted on: August 4th, 2015 by insidemctc No Comments

Jag, Harmon Deli ownerLast week, Sodexo informed MCTC Director of Auxiliary Services Gary Westerland that it has chosen to exercise its option to end its contract with MCTC prior to start of fall term. Sodexo’s last day on campus will be Friday, August 7.

In response, MCTC has entered into a contractual agreement with Groceries & Deli on Harmon for fulfillment of the College’s dining and catering needs. Harmon deli services will begin operating at MCTC on Aug. 24, and this contract runs through June of 2017.

“This change will certainly mean a different experience for MCTC diners,” said Westerland. “However, we believe these changes will be for the better for MCTC students, faculty and staff by virtue of enabling us to utilize a truly local vendor.”

Harmon deli owner and operator Jag Arora graduated from MCTC in 2004, having received his associate degree in Computer Networking. He transferred to Metropolitan State University where he received his bachelor’s degree in business management. He opened his deli on 13th St. and Harmon Pl. in 2009, one block from the campus where he began his college career.

Harmon Deli, Minneapolis“I am excited to fulfill MCTC’s dining needs and serve students, employees and the community,” said Arora. “I came to the U.S. from India in high school and began my college career at MCTC. In many ways I represent the College’s typical student. I’m glad to be working in the same community where I started my career.”

The shift to a locally sourced service provider opens the doors for additional local vendor partnerships, said Westerland.

Global Chef Sharing the International Flavors of Sodexo

Posted on: October 10th, 2011 by insidemctc No Comments

Oct. 19, 11:30 a.m. — 1:30 p.m.
MCTC Sodexo Dining

Come meet Chef Cándido Filgueira Novas, executive chef from Spain!

Cándido Filgueira Novas comes from a traditional family of cooks and bakers from Galicia. He, as well as some others in his family, learned to love the art of cooking while going from helping out when young, to being the cook or baker himself.

At the age of 26, and after the Civil War in Spain, Cándido traveled to Venezuela. Here, his passion for food grew even more. He says, “It’s a wonderful world of fruits and spices that makes you feel you don’t want to stop experimenting because you are constantly learning.” In Venezuela, Chef Cándido worked at the most prestigious company in Caracas called Catering La Esmeralda.

Then Chef Cándido moved to Chicago, where he worked in Café Ibérico, Meson Sabika, and finally at the Wyndham International Hotel where he experienced working in all of the different departments of the hotel kitchen.

Since 2005, Cándido moved to Spain and has been working for Sodexo in charge of four centers for five years. Chef Cándido is constantly reading about what’s new in cooking and trying to keep up to date.

More information on the Global Chef program.