Summer grill outs return to East Campus

Summer grill outs return to East Campus

.Kathryn Sildmets and Ron White dish up smoked mac and cheese (left) and New Orleans shrimp boil during a June 16 grill out.
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.Kathryn Sildmets and Ron White dish up smoked mac and cheese and New Orleans shrimp boil during a June 16, 2017 grill out.

Summer grill outs on East Campus have returned with an ever-expanding menu and double the opportunity to partake.

Organized by Ron White, assistant food service manager at Massengale Hall dining service, the lunchtime grill outs feature traditional burgers and hot dogs (both served with flavorful twists) alongside family recipes hailing from New Orleans and the Caribbean.

This is the sixth summer University Housing has hosted the grill outs on the plaza along the north entrance to the Nebraska East Union. Previously held twice weekly, the events are 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesdays through Fridays over six weeks between June 5 and July 27.

The special summer offering started as a way to sell stacks of excess frozen hamburgers. An overwhelming customer response led to housing leaders increasing the menu and the inclusion of family recipes provided by White.

“We’ve got a lot of new items on the menu and we will be out here nearly every day,” White said. “It’s going to be a whole lot of fun spending the summer sharing great food and the flavors of my youth with the campus community.”

Read more about how the history of Nebraska’s summer grill outs.

The East Campus summer grill outs, which started this week, will be offered June 12-15, June 19-22, July 10-13, July 17-20 and July 24-27. In the event of inclement weather, grill outs will be held inside the East Union. Food items are available for purchase via cash or NCard. Complete menus are available on the University Housing website and the campus menu app.