Building Community at Your Campus
Teaching students the value of community starts with the example you set. Today, it may be on us to make the right decisions, but soon the responsibility of fostering a community that’s academically, ethically, and economically sound will be in the students’ hands. Let’s look at a few ways to get started and how Chef Christian Froelich and the Harvest Table team at High Point University are making a positive impact on the High Point community.
Set your goals—then go bigger.
Competition is tough for colleges and universities. Finding a culinary partner who’s all in when it comes to campus culture can be a big differentiator. Good partners share industry trends, innovative ideas, and push each other to work harder and do more for the students, the campus, and the local community.
When I was in school, there wasn’t any experience around food. It was built to fill a need for me to get food in my body and move along—sometimes it was even a hassle. Today, the way we serve, our menus, the way it’s set up, is a different mindset to guest satisfaction. CHEF CHRISTIAN FROELICH
Keep students at the center.
The students are the reason we’re all here. They have expectations and our job is to understand and anticipate those to increase their satisfaction. Today’s students want fresh, they want customized, and they want honest messages and interactions from those around them.
“Our students know who their chefs are. We’re not just faces in the back kitchen. We’re out, we’re friendly, we’re engaged with the students at all times to provide an experience that elevates campus culture.” — Chef Christian Froelich
A strong community strengthens your campus.
Big operations mean every decision has an impact–either positive or negative. The right partner can make buying local easy and efficient. Which means students stay healthy, small businesses stay successful, and everyone involved becomes inspired to do their part.
A strong community starts with someone willing to work hard and set the standard. Before you know it, you’ll have triggered a movement capable of reaching far beyond your campus boundary.
We always make decisions with our community in mind. Harvest Table is seen as a strong support system to local business and we work closely with local food recovery systems make sure leftovers get to those in need. CHEF CHRISTIAN FROELICH