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May 2017

Hamburger Heaven!

May 20th, 2017|

Hamburgers are one of the most popular foods in the world, but who actually thought of putting a delicious patty of sizzling meat between two pieces of bun?  Although unanimously considered delicious, there are serious debates about its historical roots, and the actual geographical direction the humble patty took as it traveled from east to west.

Some posit that the Romans were the first to grill up their beef. Others suggest that it was the ancient Mongolians-going back to Genghis Khan who thought of putting their meat on their horses, tenderizing it while on their warpaths! Regardless of which burger mapping theory you subscribe to, it’s clear that the humble beef patty made its way to Europe in general, to Hamburg in Germany specifically and then onto America, and the rest, as they say, is history!

You get get a fantastic burger with all the fixings right here on campus at the Gourmet Burger House.

Here are additional and helpful hamburger history hints and recipe links.


A Brief History of Hamburgers

The History of the Hamburger

The 1500Year Old Recipe That Shows How Romans Invented the Beef Burger

 The History of the Hamburger (video)

 Hold the Pickle-How the Romans Invented the Burger



Hot Dog Days!

May 16th, 2017|

A frank, a frankfurter, a wiener, a hot dog, a footlong, a sausage-no matter what you call it, the humble hot dog is a crowd-pleaser all over the world. Almost every culture in the world has its very own version of a sausage, locally favourite toppings and condiments to perfectly round out the deliciousness of that sizzling meat stuffed in a bun.

You can get your hot dog fix at The Gourmet Burger House at Sid Smith and savour our unique take on toppings and condiments. In addition to the traditional ones, our red onion relish is made from scratch by campus chefs and the cheese and onions are locally sourced.


Hot Dog History

Hot Dog-July Fourth

A Brief History of the Hot Dog

The Hot Dog (video)


Give Chick Peas A Chance!

May 13th, 2017|

With apologies to John Lennon, all we are saying is give chickpeas a chance!

Actually give hummus a chance!

It’s delicious, inexpensive and also an amazing way to get non-meat protein into your diet.

A staple of Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisine, the humble chick pea (or Garbanzo bean) can sampled right here on campus as a topping on your salad at or as a filler in your pita, like at Za’atar.

Try some today.

Peas and thank you!


Things you didn’t know about hummus

Is hummus Greek or Middle Eastern?

Give chick peas a chance: why hummus unites and divides the Middle East

Nutritional information on hummus




Like Us on Facebook and Stay in Touch!

May 10th, 2017|

Did you know that Food Services maintains an active and informative presence on social media? Join our growing online campus foodie community by liking our page @ueaToronto on Facebook.

By liking our page, you’ll make sure that you’re always up to date about everything to do with food at UTSG. We regularly post hours of operation, special announcements about products and food concepts, holiday closures, new food outlets on campus and exciting loyalty programs. Find your friends and see what the campus community is doing with photos from all of our amazing food events on campus like our annual Mac N’Cheese Smackdown and Chili Throwdown.

Check us out on Facebook and feel free to leave comments or questions.

Stay in touch!  

April 2017

Feel Great All Summer Long with a Healthy Plate

April 24th, 2017|

It’s hard to believe that exams are just around the corner. That means classes are over and summer is fast approaching!  We hope that you get an opportunity to relax and recharge as we move into a period of nicer weather. But the upcoming change in your schedule doesn’t mean you need to give up or eliminate established routines in your life.

When it comes to healthy eating, it’s sometimes difficult to know where to start. There’s so much information out there, so we’d like to break down our best advice into two practical tips:


Think about variety and portions and plan accordingly!

This past March we celebrated Nutrition Month and during our Nutrition Week we distributed our Building the Perfect Plate passport where we promoted the Eat Well Plate model for healthy eating (see sources below). For a meal that you can be confident is healthy and balanced, try to fill ½ of your plate with vegetables, ¼ of your plate with protein sources (i.e. meat, legumes or tofu), and ¼ of your plate with grains or starches (i.e. rice, potatoes, noodles). Including lots of vegetables in your diet is important because the vitamins and minerals you get from vegetables, such as potassium, fiber, folate, and vitamins A, E, and C, are vital for your health and can reduce your risk of developing many chronic diseases, such as heart disease and Type 2 Diabetes.  Try to eat a variety of different coloured fruits and vegetables, in other words, eat the rainbow! The more variety your diet has, the better the chances of getting all of the nutrients that your body needs to stay healthy.


To ensure that your eating is balanced overall, try to make healthy food choices at least 80% of the time, and restrict indulging in less healthy foods, such as those high in fat and sugar, to no more than 20% of the time!  Remember that treats are okay in moderation!  After all, who doesn’t love an ice cream cone or a popsicle on a hot summer day?

Congratulations on making it through the year and have a great and healthy summer break!

By Tanya Hill MPH Nutrition & Dietetics (candidate) for Food Services with files from Pooja Mansukhani, RD, BA Registered Dietitian and Food Safety Officer, University of Toronto


Healthy Canadians 

Healthy Eating 

Eat Right Ontario on Fruits and Vegetables 

Eat Right Ontario on Vitamins and Minerals 

Healthy Families: How Does the 80-20 Healthy Eating Rule Work?