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Burst of Flavor

HUDS seeks to serve students through soft-serve

By Evan M. Vittor, Crimson Staff Writer

As warm weather and summertime leisure give way to frosty winter and a swirl of activity, Harvard students can still look forward to a burst of frozen-yogurt flavor.

While Harvard University Dining Services (HUDS) had reduced its repertoire of fro-yo offerings, the officials in charge of students’ aliments are changing course.

HUDS had originally planned to switch soft-serve brands from Colombo to the slightly cheaper Dannon, according to the dining halls’ assistant director of marketing, Crista Martin.

Martin attributed the recent lack of variety in frozen yogurt flavor to an effort to minimize waste during the potential transition to Dannon.

But HUDS has decided that Colombo, which touts its “rich taste and creamy texture” in promotional literature, will remain a fixture of Harvard menus.

“At the last minute, our supplier determined that they couldn’t stock the [Dannon] product for us. So we are staying with Colombo,” Martin wrote in an e-mail.

She said that the typical flavor rotation should return to normal over the next few days.

“[N]ow that we are resuming our regular line with Colombo, variety will once again return,” Martin wrote. “Typically this means one regular chocolate or vanilla option, and one complimenting ‘flavor’ such as cheesecake.”


HUDS’ move to improve service extends beyond soft-serve.

Mondays are the new Sundays on holidays in Harvard dining halls.

Beginning with Columbus Day on Oct. 9, HUDS will offer brunch on every vacation Monday in lieu of the standard weekday breakfast and lunch schedule. The change—which will take place in all residential dining halls—will feature a schedule identical to that currently offered on Sundays.

According to Martin, the change comes in response to low student demand for the full 7:30 to 10 a.m. breakfasts on Monday vacations. “On a Monday holiday people are going to do exactly what they do on Sunday—sleep late,” Martin said.

Just like Sundays in most dining halls, the new Monday holiday brunch schedule will run from 11:30 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. but will still give early-rising students the option for continental breakfast starting at 7:30 a.m.

But for students looking to get a double dose of “hangover chicken”—the popular broccoli- and cheese-stuffed chicken breasts typically served at Sunday brunch—this upcoming Columbus Day weekend may be disappointed.

“Monday holiday brunches will feature Chicken Cordon Bleu instead of Broccoli Chicken, as that already appears every other Sunday by popular demand,” Martin wrote in an e-mail.

Martin also said that the Columbus Day menu will include the traditional make-your-own-waffles. As of now, the schedule change will only occur on Monday holidays and not on holidays that occur on other days of the week.

—Staff writer Evan Vittor can be reached at

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