Gourmet Dining Partners With Rutgers University Newark On Urban Dining Transformation

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Rutgers University Newark Students preparing a dish in the Teaching Kitchen

Rutgers University Newark and NJ Based Gourmet Dining LLC have come together to bring the RU-N community a brand new dining experience. The campus’ flagship Stonsby Dining Hall has made a complete transformation in style and design and introduces a modern approach to college dining.

The highlight of the program showcased a variety of new dining options at the popular Stonsby Dining Hall. The experience will include a fresh salad and soup bar, a classic made-to-order New Jersey Diner with a kiosk ordering system, a made from scratch bakery, an international cuisine station that celebrates RU-N’s Nation-leading diversity, daily vegan and vegetarian options, an in-house homemade pizza station, a create your own home kitchen and exciting pop-up restaurants like Crazy Quesadilla, Sushi Sensation, Mac and Cheese Factory and more.

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Gail Isom, 22 Years with RU-N Dining, Alfred Frungillo, CEO Gourmet Dining, Angelita Bonilla Associate Dean of Student Affairs Operations & Senior Advisor for Facilities, Arcelio Aponte Senior Vice Chancellor for Administration and Economic Development, and Chief Financial Officer, Corlisse Thomas, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, Brian Conway RDM RU-N Dining, Michael Frungillo President Gourmet Dining

Gourmet Dining and the Frungillo family are proud to bring the RU-N community a dining experience complete with wellness and sustainability programs including interactive tools to identify the 8 major allergens, innovative menu options that are sourced locally and community-based events focused on gathering.

Gourmet Dining is committed to supporting the local community and has extended its reach beyond the campus borders and partnered with many local vendors such as Aerofarms, Palermos Bakery, and Newark’s Clean Coffee. In an effort to address food waste and food insecurity, Gourmet has pledged to give back to local organizations such as St. Johns Soup Kitchen, Claim it and the RUN Food Pantry.

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Celebrity Chef Jehangir Mehta in the Teaching Kitchen
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Stonsby Dining Hall opened on Monday October 2 with great success as the entire RU-N community was in attendance. Guests sipped on local themed Mocktails, enjoyed cooking classes with Celebrity Chef Jehangir Mehta in our Teaching Kitchen, dined on local favorites from our “Taste of Newark” and experienced cutting-edge Indian themed dishes from celebrity Chef Bal Arneson. This was also a very special moment for the Frungillo family whose first dining location was opened in the 1920’s on 97 Mount Prospect and with the opening of Stonsby Dining Hall, they continue serving the Newark community for over 100 years.


Gourmet Dining LLC is the leading New Jersey based Higher Education Food Service company serving over 75% of the NJ market place. Our success is based on specializing in custom dining programs that celebrate and support each institution and the surrounding community. Employing over 2,000 employees in the state of New Jersey, Gourmet has created great synergies amongst our locations and have created a network of dining expertise unmatched in the state. Utilizing our signature concepts and regional support, Gourmet enhances the local community through our employment practices, relationships with local vendors and the entire New Jersey community. Visit their website for more information.