October Raffles & Specials at the C-Store

Enter online now through Thursday, October 31, 2019 for a chance to win one of two great prizes from Coca-Cola:

  • Canada Dry YETI Cup
  • Double Dip Wireless Speakers

Also, be sure to visit the Union Central Exchange Convenience Store in the Student Union for great monthly specials from Coca-Cola! October’s deals include:

  • 14oz. Assorted YUP! Milk: 2 for $4.00
  • 14oz. Assorted Core Power:2 for $7.50
  • 16.9oz. plastic or 16oz. glass bottle Honest Tea: 2 for $4.00
  • 20oz. Canada Dry Sparkling: 2 for $3.00

Enter here: https://dining.uconn.edu/ucx-entry-form/

Earth, Wok & Fire Opens in Student Union

Earth, Wok & Fire officially opened on the lower level of the Student Union this week and will offer a fine selection of Asian cuisine.

Its name was created by UConn students, who offered a fitting reference to the two styles of preparation that is offered at this venue.

Customers have a choice of either selecting carefully prepared Asian dishes with zesty and tangy flavors such as General Tso’s Chicken, Beef & Broccoli, and Vegetable Lo Mein or creating their own masterpiece. Customers can build their own dish by selecting a protein, vegetables and a wide selection of sauces and seasonings. Daily specials will also be offered.

Earth, Wok & Fire’s chefs take the time and effort to ensure quality ingredients by making food from scratch every day.

We thank you for your feedback and patience during our opening week.

Earth, Wok & Fire

Hours of Operation: 

Monday-Thursday 11:00am-7:00pm
Fridays 11:00am-5:00pm

Nutritional Information

Cash, Husky Bucks, Visa, MasterCard, AmEx, and Discover are accepted.


Thanksgiving Pie & Baked Goods Sale

The Department of Dining Services Bakery, “Not Just Desserts”, will be baking their delicious pies and other baked goods for the 2019 Thanksgiving holiday.

Click here for photos of all the delicious items for sale and to download your order form.

Important to Note:

All orders must be accompanied by a check or cash and received by 4:00pm, Wednesday, November 13th. No orders will be accepted after this date.

The order form should be hand delivered or mailed, with payment to:

Department of Dining Services, 3384 Towers Loop Rd., U-4071, Storrs, CT 06269
Please make checks payable to: UConn Dining Services
For more information call 860-486-3128.

Please pick up all orders on Wednesday, November 27th,  at the Dining Services’ Bakery/Commissary warehouse, 30 Gurleyville Rd. from 9:00am to 3:00pm.

Our money back satisfaction guarantee policy applies. Sorry, no holds or refunds for products not picked up on November 27th. All unclaimed baked goods will be donated to charity.

Swipe to Give-A-Meal on October 16th

Swipe Out Hunger, is a nation-wide program that collaborates with colleges to help put an end to student hunger and assist those who struggle with food insecurity. The Department of Dining Services and Community Outreach are collaborating with the Dean of Students Office to launch this program at UConn.

Students with a traditional dining plan interested in supporting the program can do so at two, Give-A-Meal events that will be hosted by Dining Services this semester. On Wednesday, October 16th swipes will be accepted at all eight dining units from 4:15pm-7:15pm. Swipe in one time and donate a flex pass. The October 16th donation will go to the UConn Swipes initiative, the Willimantic No Freeze Shelter and the Covenant Soup Kitchen. A donation of $2.50, the raw food cost, is the value of each swipe.

Additionally, anyone interested in supporting the Students First Fund with a direct donation can do so by visiting https://studentaffairs.uconn.edu/students-first-fund/. The Students First Fund was created by the Division of Student Affairs and is supported by private donations. The program supports students who have experienced an unanticipated hardship. Your gift enables the University community to demonstrate the care and concern they have for students, reminding them that they are an important and valuable part of the UConn community.

PRIZE ALERT!! Each Dining unit will have a UConn Swipes poster near the check in on Oct. 16th. Donate your flex pass and then take a picture of the poster to help spread the word on Instagram. Tag @uconndining in your post and you’ll be entered to win a $10 UConn Dairy Bar gift certificate! Some units will also have selfie frames for photos with your dinner crew.

Family Weekend: Farm Friday at Spring Valley

Friday, October 11, 2019
Time: 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Location: 104 Spring Manor Lane, Mansfield, CT

Join us at the farm!! A representative from the group of eleven students, living and working at UConn Spring Valley Student Farm (SVSF), will lead visitors on a guided tour of the fields, greenhouses, edible forest garden and apiary. The students cultivate a wide variety of vegetables, herbs, edible flowers, honey and small fruits, for use on campus, using organic growing methods. Visitors will also have the opportunity to learn how SVSF acts as a Living Learning Laboratory. The tour will include on-going research projects including Aquaponic System, Solar Thermal, Solar Photovoltaic, Air Quality Sampling, Sustainable Community Food Systems immersion program and Field Research in Regenerative Horticulture.  SVSP can be reached at (860) 508-7706 for additional information, including directions to the farm.

Family Weekend: Retail & Dining Hall Hours

Welcome families! We hope you get to enjoy a beautiful fall weekend of activities and dining on campus. Parents are encouraged to join their students for breakfast using their student’s flex passes.

Friday, October 11th

Normal Hours for all dining units and retail.

Saturday, October 12th     

  • Dining Halls: South will be serving breakfast at 7:00am. All dining units open normal hours.   
  • C-Store: 10:00am-11:00pm
  • Food Truck: 11:30am-2:00pm
  • Bistro On Union Street: 11:00am-8:00pm
  • Dairy Bar Too:  11:00am-8:00pm
  • Dairy Bar: 11:00am-8:00pm
  • USM Food Court: 8:00am-1:00am
  • Market Café – 9:00am-10:00pm
  • Freshens – 11:30am-7:00pm (Food menu available 12noon-5:30pm/smoothies all day)
  • One Plate, Two Plates – Closed

Sunday, October 13th

  • Dining Halls: South will be serving breakfast at 8:00am before regular brunch hours. All dining units open normal hours.   
  • C-Store: 11:00am-11:00pm
  • Food Truck: Closed
  • Bistro On Union Street: Closed
  • Dairy Bar Too:  4:00pm-8:00pm
  • Dairy Bar: 11:00am-8:00pm
  • Freshens – 10:30am-10:00pm (Food menu available 12noon-8:00pm/smoothies all day)
  • USM Food Court: 8:00am-10:00pm
  • Market Cafe: 10:00am-7:00pm
  • One Plate, Two Plates – Closed

Chef Profile: Sean Hawkins

“I love cooking for the creativity, taking simple ingredients and enhancing their flavors to create a new dish.”

For the sous-chef at the Bistro On Union Street, Sean Hawkins’s connections to UConn have truly come full circle.

Growing up in Mansfield, Hawkins attended Windham Tech, during which he took on internships at UConn’s South Dining Hall and Union Street Market. After graduating from Windham Tech, he enrolled at the Culinary Institute of America and completed an internship at Le Cellier Steakhouse, one of Disney World’s most-booked restaurants. After receiving his Associate of Occupational Studies in Culinary Arts in 2009 he went on to work at country clubs in Florida and Connecticut.

Sean’s first sous-chef position brought him to the Spa at Norwich Inn, named “Best Destination Spa in New England” by Yankee Magazine. He continued his passion for cooking locally, refining his skills at places like Dog Lane Café, The Whelk, a farm-to-table restaurant in Westport, and Fenton River Grill in Mansfield.

Sean returned to UConn in November 2018 working at Putnam and Northwest Dining Halls before becoming the sous-chef at the Bistro on Union Street this past August. In September he helped to create the menu for Connecticut Farm-to-Chef Week featuring locally sourced ingredients.

Wednesday, September 25th, is National Cooking Day and the Bistro will be featuring specials crafted with local ingredients. Check out the menu  BistroSpecials_092519. Stop by for lunch or dinner. The restaurant is open Monday-Friday, 11am-8pm.

Chef Profile: Chef Sean

Bistro On Union Street Participates in 2019 CT Farm-to-Chef Week


The Bistro on Union Street will be participating in the CT Farm-to-Chef week from September 16-20, 2019! The restaurant will be offering a week of menu options with Connecticut grown ingredients. Regular lunch and dinner menus will also be served. Don’t miss out on trying these local dishes from Chef Sean Hawkins.

Local sources: Spring Valley Student Farm, Mountain Dairy, Four Mile River Farm, Arethusa Farm, Longhini Sausage Company, & Blue Hills Orchard.

Monday – Friday: 11:00am – 8:00pm

We take points Monday – Friday beginning at 1:00pm

Payments accepted: Cash, Credit Cards (MasterCard, Visa, Discover & American Express), Husky Bucks

Points Accepted from 1:00pm through 8:00pm, Monday – Friday. Also use your points for take-out orders.

Check out the menu below.