Organic, Local Food from Campus Dining Commons on Sale at Clinic Dispensary
Food prepared in the Bastyr Dining Commons is now available in the clinic dispensary.
The Bastyr University Dining Commons at our Kenmore campus has made a name for itself by serving delicious, whole food meals and snacks made by students and staff using organic and locally grown ingredients.
Now some of those same foods are available at our Seattle teaching clinic, Bastyr Center for Natural Health, which this spring began offering fresh Bastyr-made foods including sandwiches, grab-and-go meals, homemade hummus, green salads, smoothies and more in the Bastyr Dispensary.
“We wanted to make sure students at our clinic to have access to the healthy foods they’ve been eating every day on campus,” says Jim Watkins, director of food services for the University. “As an added bonus, we’re hoping these foods will also appeal to our patients and the general public.”
Word already has spread throughout the neighborhood, says Dispensary coordinator Barb Nims. “We’ve been getting positive feedback from patients, as well as those who work in the neighborhood and buy their lunch and snacks at the Dispensary,” she says.
Currently food is delivered twice a week to the clinic, but as sales continue to increase, Watkins expects deliveries become more frequent. In addition, he hopes to begin offering a hot lunch on weekdays that will be served by dining commons staff as early as this summer.
“My goal is to build a really successful catering business that’s built on the whole-food diet that is taught in all of Bastyr’s programs,” Watkins says.
Down the road, he envisions possibly setting up a Bastyr cafe or bistro near the clinic that offers healthy meals for people on the run.
For more information about Bastyr University’s catering services, go to the Catering page on the University’s website or call (425) 602-3075.