We’ve all eaten at the Fresh Food Co. on the third of the Denaples Center, but chances are you’ve just lovingly dubbed it “Third.”
Saturday brunches, upscale Wednesdays and the ever-rare, yet coveted, ice cream sandwich station are three of the many reasons why it’s captured your heart as a Scranton hallmark.
However, the food doesn’t just magically appear every time you swipe your Royal. It takes a team of dedicated cooks and staff to bring Third to life.
Kelena Gonzalez, the mastermind behind the Southwest Vegetarian station, gave a behind-the-scenes look into our beloved third-floor.
Q: What’s your all-time favorite dish to make?
A: I love making southwest sweet potatoes with a black bean corn salsa. It’s so colorful and good for you, and the kids always love it.
Q: When are you the busiest?
A: There’s really not a day that’s busier than another, but it is always, always crowded at noon.
Q: What’s one thing about dining services that students might not know?
A: Everything is always fresh. A lot of places say that, but we really mean it. I feel like the students might know that already.
Q: How do you prepare for your noon rushes?
A: I just make sure I have all of my products ready to go. I make sure I have enough plates counted too.
Q: What’s the relationship like between the cooks and staff?
A: We’re really all a big family. We’re all friends, and that’s why we work so well together.