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Behind the Scenes at BU Dining Services

A glimpse into making and serving 13,000 meals a day

It takes a small army to prepare and serve the 3,000 breakfasts, 5,000 lunches, and 5,000 dinners that BU’s Dining Services manages in its three main dining halls each day. Add to that the 40,000 customers served in the George Sherman Union Food Court every week, and it’s easy to understand why it takes 550 dining staff and another 800 student staff to make sure campus dining facilities run smoothly.

It’s a nearly 24-hour-a-day operation. Pastry chefs are among the first to arrive, beginning work around 4 a.m. And on weekends, the last staffers often don’t punch out until nearly 3 a.m.

Video producer Jason Kimball spent many an early morning and late night shooting at West Campus, the GSU, Warren Towers, and 100 Bay State Road to bring you the sights—and sounds—of BU’s Dining Services operation.

Jason Kimball can be reached at jk16@bu.edu.


15 Comments on Behind the Scenes at BU Dining Services

  • Jen on 04.27.2017 at 6:46 am

    Love BU Dining!

  • Jess on 04.27.2017 at 8:28 am

    BU Dining is amazing, and this video proves it–I wish they showed Rize though, their prep must be crazy for the morning/lunch rushes they get.

  • Dave on 04.27.2017 at 9:24 am

    Thanks for this spot light and insight!

  • Wow! on 04.28.2017 at 10:11 am

    Thank you Jason Kimball – it’s a beautifully made video telling an interesting story of the dinning services – love it.

  • Jack on 04.28.2017 at 11:18 am

    As a BU parent, this is fantastic….well done. A great look at a piece of BU that is likely taken for granted every day.

  • Student on 04.30.2017 at 5:15 am

    I love BU Dining!! I’m going to miss it so much next year when I don’t have a dining plan. We’re so lucky to have such an amazing dining service!

  • Alumnus on 04.30.2017 at 9:11 am

    Thank you, BU Dining. Such a hardworking crew!

  • Katherine on 05.03.2017 at 5:41 pm

    BU Dining is amazing! Thankful

  • NIck on 05.05.2017 at 4:44 am

    BU Dining is the best! Now if only some students would stop bringing that wonderful food into the library, or leaving half eaten plates of food on outdoor benches….

  • Bonnie on 06.12.2017 at 9:01 am

    Thank you for resurfacing this insightful video! And an even greater thanks to the staff who work day in and day out so that our student body has delicious food :)

  • anonymous on 06.14.2017 at 9:01 am

    This should be shown at Orientation so each incoming student has an idea of all the effort and energy that goes into keeping them fed and healthy.

  • Tian Xia on 07.18.2017 at 2:48 pm

    Love the food in George Sherman Union Food Court!!

  • Jennifer M. on 08.18.2017 at 11:58 am

    Wonderful video! This video really humanizes the whole process of how food is prepared on such a large scale. Huge thank you to all the employees of BU Dining that keep the wheels churning! Great work!

  • Edi Swarno on 09.05.2017 at 5:11 am

    Nice food cort, and good information,

  • Yubo Dong on 06.12.2018 at 6:49 pm

    I am a rising senior undergraduate in BU. I had worked at the Warren Dining Hall for two years during my freshman and sophomore year. I know that dining service can be very tiring. Every worker at dining service deserves much credit. By the way, awesome video! The video concisely and vividly depicts how BU dining service is like. I think it should be used for BU advertising, for helping others understand part of BU better.

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