Food Service Bonanza
Many chapter houses offer full meal services to the brothers either using a catering service, sharing services with other fraternities or sororities or an in-house cook. Some chapters have opted not to have meal services because of inadequate numbers, cost and hassle.
But philosophically, the idea of chapter provided meal services makes sense. Providing regular meals fulfills both a basic human need and the higher purpose of encouraging brotherhood. Brothers that interact more frequently help foster the lifelong friendships and commitment that the Seven Founders envisioned.
There are a number of businesses that can assist with chapter meal services:
Campus Cooks offers healthy and customized food services. It has been in business since 1995 and serves fifty houses in multiple campus locations. Their program includes an on-site cook who prepares meals and snacks. Campus Cooks manages staffing, payroll, food and supply ordering and menu preparation.
Campus Cooks supplies greater menu variety by incorporating feedback from clients, while ensuring that the clients stay within budget. Additionally, Campus Cooks has regular training to improve the cook's skills, food served and kitchen management.
Culinary Consultants Purchasing Services (CCPS) is the nation’s only group purchasing organization that focuses exclusively on fraternity food programs. It’s goal is to decrease food prices and equipment costs while increasing service and quality of products. CCPS has negotiated a contract with one of the largest and most reputable food distributors in the nation, US Foodservice. This agreement gives CCPS clients access to quality food products and an average cost savings of 15% over other food providers.
CCPS offers other benefits including:
- An exclusive recipe and menu book composed of over 200 recipes and their nutritional value.
- A competitive health insurance program designed for house directors and eligible staff members.
- Helping locate a quality chef for your chapter.
Whether your chapter already has a meal service or is contemplating the benefits of having one, both of these companies can provide expertise to ensure it’s more cost effective and successful. See the House Corporation Resource Directory for contact information.