Higher Education

We have an important influence over our students’ eating habits and health.

This generation of college students expects to eat as well on campus as off campus, and as well as they ate at home before leaving for college.  That’s why we focus on serving high-quality and natural ingredients from local farms and producers of food.  Prepared from scratch, our chefs transform fresh produce, leafy greens and proteins into nutritious menu items that are full of aroma, texture and rich taste!

We also offer a variety of food options for special diets, including guests with food allergies.  We want our guests to feel confident that their special dietary needs are met with easy access to nutritional information.  Whether you’ve made a lifestyle choice or have specific dietary needs, it shouldn’t stop you from enjoying our safely-prepared food.

Personalized dining is also a staple on how we serve our guests.  Our friendly, caring and knowledgeable team members make it a point to know you, engaging students, faculty and other guests. 

Parkhurst works closely with you to understand your goals and the culture of your school.  We stay abreast of campus dining trends and help you design inviting spaces, while customizing a nourishing, farm-fresh and flavorful guest experience that creates more than just a place for students to dine; it’s their second home!

A resident dining program should never be dull or restrictive.  It’s the gathering place where we serve a variety of fresh, healthy, and great tasting food.  We call it the “wow” factor, where menu items are rotated weekly, freshly composed salads are featured on the salad bar, and premium late night options are always offered!  Students also enjoy special event catering.  From Local Food Dinners to our highly acclaimed Guest Chefs series, our chefs provide a culinary "education" as they describe the fresh ingredients and local agriculture used to prepare the selections, and will also make recommendations if guests ask for complimentary flavors.  

Our meal plan programs give students the flexibility to eat when they want to, all while promoting dining services as a destination to Live and Learn!

Branded Restaurants 

College students are seeking plenty of options and flexibility in campus dining services. That’s why at Parkhurst, our guests enjoy a wide-variety of food options found in our branded restaurants. Menus feature appetizers, soups, salads, hot sandwiches, and entrées for dining in or out!

The Red Ring Restaurant, offering traditional bar favorites with a twist, you’ll find exciting options from pork carnitas tacos and house mac n cheeses to specialty burgers, sandwiches and salads. Happy Hour runs from 4 to 6:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, and features $4 appetizers, $6 sandwiches, $1 off all beer and ½ off specialty cocktails. Visit The Red Ring’s online menus for more mouthwatering favorites and follow them on Twitter or Facebook for daily specials and events. 

At The Yorktown Cafe, a full menu features a wide-variety of options, from a Pittsburgh Steak Salad, layered with fresh-cut fries and steak sliders to Crab-Stuffed Portobello. For dessert, the cafe offers hand-dipped milkshakes, Brownie À la Mode, and more!

Our branded restaurants are convenient, flexible to the learning process and a value to your students.

Read more about Red Ring's Sandwich of the Month.

Healthier Convenience Options

Demographic shifts in corporate dining reflect a growing number of telecommuters and associates who work flexible, nontraditional hours. These guests have different dining service expectations.

Convenience-oriented and on-the-run options, such as deli-style sandwiches, pre-packaged fruit, desserts, salads, sushi and soup are all prepared with fresh ingredients for our guests. These food items are labeled with a product description of where our foods are grown, nutritional values, price point, and reheating instructions for hot items.

A wide selection of everyday healthier snacks, sundries, assorted beverages and newspapers also provide employees with a convenient stop off!

Read more about healthier convenience options.

Campus Dining Hits the Road 

Food trucks are making their debut on many Parkhurst-served campuses.  Parkhurst’s Culinary Cab offers mobile diners the opportunity to enjoy delicious, prepared from-scratch food conveniently positioned throughout the college campus.

Culinary CabWhen you visit The Culinary Cab, enjoy street foods and flavorful international foods typically found in almost every major city around the world. Some of our street food menu items are designed to be hot, while others are best served chilled. Choose from bowl foods, foods on sticks, sweets, sandwiches or stuffed foods, finger foods, and assorted beverages.

You may also choose from traditional breakfast, lunch or dinner offerings such as hot-off-the-grill breakfast sandwiches, fresh, never frozen burgers, made-to-order deli sandwiches, homemade soups, and crisp salads.

To best serve the needs of your students and guests, we will help you determine where to locate The Culinary Cab based on high “foot” traffic counts and patterns, day-parts, sporting events, tailgate parties, and special activities!

 

Read more about Mercyhurst University’s Culinary Cab.