Students, X-Spot open new catering service

By: Gina Carfagno

A new student-run catering group has started to serve customers both on and off campus.

The business, YES We Cater, is a branch of the X-Spot located in the Conaton Learning Commons.

“Our student team is very ambitious and wondered if there was a way to increase sales, which is not easy to do out of one small venue,” Edward Devoid, director of residential dining, said.

Junior student associate and marketing intern Mark Vangsness developed the idea. He put forth the concept of a basic drop-off system using the same ingredients used in the X-Spot salads and sandwiches.

The marketing interns started going door to door last week with brochures, business cards and cookies to spread awareness of the program on campus.

Students are responsible for the day-to-day management and operation of the catering business.

The students also receive operational direction from Chartwells, Xavier’s full-service catering company. This group includes learning more about roles in business such as management and operations.

The menu has a variety of foods to offer including sandwiches, salads, soups, pastas, breakfast foods, snacks, sweets and boxed lunches.

Clients can choose between pick-up and drop-off options.

All of the company’s orders include utensils and tablecloths. Chafing dishes are also available upon request for an additional fee.

So far three events have been scheduled for the team. This week is its first week of operation. The overall operation will contribute 1 percent to the general Xavier scholarship fund.

The team currently works out of the Hoff Dining Commons and is managed by Teresa Dickson. A menu and brochure are available online.

Orders can be placed as late as 48 hours before the event. More information will be available in upcoming weeks.

To contact the team, check out their website or call (513) 745-4235.