Mark Wagner and Joe Johnson aim to please the palate. Mark, our director of dining services, and Joe, our executive chef, are dedicated to whipping up a variety of tasty and nutritious buffet-style foods for you and your fellow students to enjoy.
Both men worked at Cucina, the highly regarded Kohler Co. restaurant, for more than a decade before bringing their collective talent, experience and imagination to Lakeland.
Says Mark, who has created fine cuisine at Lakeland for 12 years: “At least 75 percent of the food we prepare is directly driven by what our students want. We talk one-on-one with them daily.”
So interactive are the relationships between Mark, Joe and our students, Lakeland’s chefs have been known to borrow treasured family recipes and prepare students’ favorite meals. In addition, Mark and Joe work closely with students and their families to offer gluten-free and allergy-safe fare.
Those are just a couple of ways Mark, Joe and the rest of our friendly, dedicated staff strive to make you feel at home. There are many other aspects of Lakeland Dining that make us a cut above other colleges. Among them:
- A collection of homemade soups, including the popular chicken dumpling and tomato
- Fresh in-season produce from four local farmers
- Renowned Johnsonville brats a handful of times each semester
- Locally produced desserts from an area bakery
- Vegetarian options for every mealtime
- A week-long “no-fry zone,” during which healthier options are offered
- “Creative Cuisine,” special meals staff members produce in front of students
- Fruit such as melon, strawberries and grapes available with every meal
- A salad bar that includes iceberg and romaine lettuce, as well as spinach
- A wide assortment of baked fish
- Five different flavors of Gatorade and six different types of juice (orange, apple, grape, strawberry kiwi, strawberry banana and cranberry), plus milk, various sodas and water
- Sizzling salad – Fresh lettuce served with grilled beef and/or chicken and toppings and homemade buttermilk ranch dressing
- “Big-as-your-head” burrito night – A filling, tasty meal
- Steak, crab and shrimp night – Tenderloin steak with crab legs and butterfly shrimp (FYI, this doesn't happen very often, but when it does get there early!!!)
- Walking tacos – Delicious combination of ground beef and toppings in a corn chip bag
- Specialty pizza night – Large variety of creative, homemade pies
- Hot dog bar – Add chili, cheese and whatever else you want to build one creative dog
- Design your own omelet – Our chefs start with eggs and add what you ask them to
- Design your own sub – You choose the meat, cheese and other condiments; we build it
- Blue & Gold Dining Meals are those which may be eaten in the main dining hall - Bossard Hall. B&G Dining is an "all you care to eat" facility where a Campus One Card (your ID card) meal scan allows you to eat as much as you want at each meal. You may scan for a breakfast combo in The Daily Grind. Food may not be taken out of the dining room (except for a piece of fruit or a couple of cookies or an ice cream treat). In keeping with our Sustainability Program, we ask students to eat all they take so food is not wasted.
- Flex Meals are those meals on the plan which may be used in Bossard for regular meals or for guests. They may also be used as a meal "equivalency" (an entrée, drink and a side item) in the Muskie Grill. Flex meals may be used during posted hours in case a student has missed a meal time period in Blue & Gold Dining. Use you Campus One Card to make Flex Meal choices.
- Muskie Money is the next component of the meal plans. It is an amount of money placed in a "debit account" for food purchases in the Muskie Mart, Muskie Grill, Daily Grind, and the Pub. This debit money may be used at any time those locations are open. Use your Campus One Card to make Muskie Money purchases.
- The "General Account" is a voluntary debit card program which may be used in all dining venues and in the Campus Shop (bookstore). Money left in your General Account may be refunded at any time at the Business Office, WAK, First Floor. Use your Campus One Card to make General Account purchases.
- 150 Blue & Gold Dining Meals
- 50 Flex Meals
- $195 in Muskie Money
- Cost per Semester: $1802.50
- 110 Blue & Gold Dining Meals
- 40 Flex Meals
- $325 in Muskie Money
- Cost per Semester: $1655
- 75 Blue & Gold Dining Meals
- 25 Flex Meals
- $490 in Muskie Money
- Cost per Semester: $1435
- 60 Blue & Gold Dining Meals
- 15 Flex Meals
- Cost per Semester: $1272.50
- 20 Blue & Gold Dining Meals
- 15 Flex Meals
- $225 in Muskie Money
- Cost per Semester: $540
In addition to the vast array of Lakeland Dining offerings, the Muskie Grill serves up more than 50 fast-food options such as burgers and sandwiches. The Daily Grind, a popular campus hangout, sells coffee, lattes, smoothies and other beverages. Brand new to the Daily Grind is the Daily Scoop, which serves various imaginative flavors of ice cream in a cone or cup.
“We don’t bring anything subpar to the table,” says Mark. “The benchmark we have set here is much higher than at most colleges. I don’t know of too many that offer the quality and variety we do.”
Listed below are just some of the most popular meals created by the student-centric Lakeland Dining staff:
Lakeland College's Award-Winning Dining Services offers a wide selection of meal plans as well as lots and lots of really great food! The meal plans, in descending order of price, are the Blue, Gold, Platinum, Sapphire, and Diamond. Each offers a selected number of meals which can be eaten in Blue & Gold Dining, Flex Meals, and Muskie Money. You will notice that as the number of Blue & Gold Dining meals decreases, a larger portion of the cost of the plan shifts toward Muskie Money. But first, let's define the terms:
Blue & Gold Dining Meals and Flex Meals left over at the end of each semester do not carry over to the next semester. Muskie Money left over Fall Semester will carry over to Spring Semester and May Term, but are forfeit at the end of May Term. Based on the Spring Semester meal plan, a pro-rated number of meals is automatically entered into the student's account for those attending May Term classes.
The Blue Plan
The Gold Plan
The Platinum Plan
The Sapphire Plan (Apartment residents only)
The Diamond Plan (Optional, for commuter students only)
All resident students are required to purchase a meal plan.