POGGI | Eulogy for the Mac’s Salad

Everyone has their routines. The unchanging route you take to class. Laundry on Tuesdays and grocery shopping on Saturdays. Sock, sock, shoe, shoe. One of my favorite routines of my past two years at Cornell has been my weekly Mac’s salad. The customization options created a meal tailored to your tastes; if you ignored the BRB acceptance and the Statler interior, one could almost imagine this was an off-campus meal. So when I returned to campus this fall, excited to indulge in one of my most grounding routines, I was dismayed to see the salad bar had been replaced by grab-and-go options. I reached out to Cornell Dining to learn more.

Thomas Gisler, Director of Food and Beverage at The Statler Hotel, commented the following:

“We have been successfully running the chopped salad station at Mac’s Café for ten years. In recent years, our guests voiced a need for grab & go options on our menu offerings to decrease wait times during peak periods. We have been asked to start menu items for the new grab & go options at Mac’s this semester and the chopped salad station was the logical go-to approach to deliver that request. The “Mac’s to Go” items are constantly evolving and have been very popular.”