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1887 Bistro Opens in Talley Student Union: New fine dining restaurant opens for lunch and late-night fare

The latest restaurant to join the Talley lineup of dining options — 1887 Bistro — will open in Talley Student Union on Monday, September 21, 2015.

11887_salad887 Bistro will help meet two remaining needs in the Union: a fine-dining option for weekday lunch and a late-evening gathering spot to commune over shareable appetizers, flatbreads and desserts.

Serving lunch weekdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., 1887 Bistro will feature a menu that combines refined taste with Southern tradition. Lunch guests will have their choice of fresh salads layered in mason jars, smoked beef brisket sandwiches, pork belly BLT, flatbreads, coffee-rubbed beef medallions, and many more items to please the palette.

1887 Bistro will re-open from 9 p.m. to midnight Sunday – Thursday with a menu of appetizers and desserts that are easily shareable, yet tempting to keep all to yourself. Options include buffalo chicken dip, pork belly sliders, firecracker shrimp, chimichurri steak skewers, Southwest eggrolls and more.

Not to be outdone, University Dining’s award-winning bakery has taken the lead on creating special desserts as well. House-made crostada (served piping hot) and a flight of lemon mousse, Grand Marnier creme brulee and hazelnut pot de creme offer delectable options for guests with a sweet tooth.

The restaurant accepts Dining Dollars and AllCampus funds. Cash, credit and debit are also accepted. Students with meal plans will receive an $8.50 Meal Credit at the late-night meal period.

1887 will also be a prime destination for special events in Talley Student Union. This dynamic space is a perfect spot for anythin1887_GrilledChickg from culinary demonstrations, food lectures or receptions, and can be reserved for afternoon and early evening events. Rave! Event Services provides customized menus for any event from our award-winning NC State University Dining team.

Whether you are meeting for lunch, looking for a place for your next event, or stopping by to finish your day with some delicious food, 1887 Bistro will be a perfect complement to Talley Student Union and University Dining. We will see you on September 21st!

More pictures of 1887>>

University Dining is a service of Campus Enterprises, the lead division for retail and hospitality on the NC State campus. To book your next social or special event at 1887 Bistro, contact RAVE! Event Services at 919-51-EVENT (919-513-8368) or visit




After much anticipation, Talley officially opens

September 10, 2015  |  Emma Lampe, Technician Correspondent

The long-awaited Talley Student Union celebrated its grand opening Wednesday with a luncheon, public ceremony and open house.

A single trumpet got the attention of the crowd as Chancellor Randy Woodson spoke about Talley Student Union and its namesake, Banks C. Talley, Jr.

Following Woodson, student leaders introduced and publicly welcomed and thanked the namesakes of spaces in and near Talley Student Union, like Thomas H. Stafford.

Aerial dancers performed over the side of the balconies, representing the versatility of the open space above the lobby. Following the performance, members of the NC State marching band came and played the fight song. The band then closed the ceremony with the alma mater, uniting students, alumni, faculty and staff.


A New Campus Hub: Talley Student Union

At NC State, education begins in class, but it doesn’t end there.

Our students learn by doing, and the new Talley Student Union is the hub where students experience collaboration, community-building, and personal and professional development.

The Sept. 9 dedication of Talley Student Union completes a years-long renovation and rebuilding effort. That project unites many student organizations in a beautiful space that encourages the people inside to exchange ideas and create a unique campus culture. More>>


Talley Dedication Set for Wednesday

You’ve probably already gotten a new T-shirt and other NC State-branded gear from Wolfpack Outfitters.

You’ve probably already taken a selfie in front of the three-story wolf wall on your way to buy some Howling Cow ice cream.

And surely you’ve waited in line for a coffee treat from Starbucks.

After more than six years of renovation and construction, everyone has been eager to get an early look at the new Talley Student Union, which has been mostly open to students, faculty, staff and visitors since the end of spring exams. More >>


NC State University Dining named College Innovator of the Year

Raleigh, N.C. (June 29, 2015) – University Dining at NC State University has been chosen as Food Management magazine’s 2015 College Innovator of the Year in their June 2015 issue.

This award recognizes the nation’s most forward-thinking college dining service each year and is the latest accolade for NC State’s award-winning, self-operated dining services. In 2013 NC State Dining received the Grand Goldie for Best Sustainable Practices and in 2014 also received awards Top College & University Foodservice Innovators, Top 15 Healthiest Non-Commercial FoodService and Food Service Director of the Month (for Senior Director of Hospitality Services, Randy Lait) all from FoodService Magazine.

NC State University Dining has been particularly busy over the past four years, developing five new concepts and adding three commercial brands in the new Talley Student Union, developing the multi-concept On the Oval on Centennial Campus, renovating its Atrium Food Court and adding an ice cream and a smoothie shop.

Speaking on this success, Lait was quick to focus on the dynamic and committed team at University Dining.  “NC State is known nationally for innovation, and we are always working to ensure that our dining programs are on the forefront of that innovation. We want the Wolfpack community to know that we never stop exploring new ways to serve them.”

University Dining is a department of Campus Enterprises, the lead division for retail and hospitality on the NC State campus.


Starbucks Coming to Talley Student Union

Raleigh, N.C. (June 9, 2015) – NC State will proudly welcome a new Starbucks location to Talley Student Union. The full-service Starbucks is expected to open its doors at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, June 22, 2015. Accessible via Talley’s new Cates Avenue entrance, the café will also serve as an access point to the University Bookstore upon its relocation to Talley from Harrelson Hall.

Grand opening activities on opening day will include a reusable grande mug given to the first 100 customers, along with a Starbucks gift card scavenger hunt. Visit or @ncstatedining on Twitter for more grand opening details.

Menu options will include Starbucks’ signature beverages, pastries, sandwiches and paninis.

Patrons may use various payment options for Starbucks purchases including Meal Credits, Dining Dollars, AllCampus, credit, debit and cash. The Meal Credit rates are $6.00 for breakfast and $7.50 for lunch, dinner and late-night.

Summer 2015 hours of operation will be:

Monday – Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday – Sunday: Closed

Talley Wolf

Talley Turns Heads

If the commencement weekend traffic was any indication, the rebuilt Talley Student Union will become the hoped-for heart and soul of NC State’s campus for students, staff, faculty and visitors.

After more than two years of renovation, the second phase of construction is finished and the union is open for all to see. That doesn’t, of course, mean the $120 million project is complete, says Tim Hogan, director of NC State student centers.

The building won’t likely be fully functional until students return in August, but the doors are open, the chancellor’s seal is in place at the Cates Street entrance and the three-story tall wolf trellis is ready for photographers.

The union opened on Friday, in time for a chancellor’s reception as part of commencement weekend.  [read full article]

May 14, 2015 – Tim Peeler, NC State News Services

Talley Student Union

Talley Student Union Implements Post-Consumer Composting

Students Eating at Talley Student UnionTalley Student Union will pilot two post-consumer composting stations this fall, making it the first building on the NC State campus to provide such a service.

Students, faculty and staff dining in Talley will now have the option to place their leftovers and compostable items into a compost bin rather than a landfill bin. The post-consumer compost bins will be located next to the current waste station outside of One Earth and directly across from Port City Java. Additionally, Rave! Event Services will incorporate composting into their operations at Talley Student Union.

Many of the restaurants at Talley, which are all operated by University Dining, use compostable products such as plates, clamshells, and napkins. “Composting at Talley has always been part of the plan as we seek LEED certification of the new Talley Student Union, in addition to our ongoing commitment to divert waste from the landfill,” explained Dr. TJ Willis, associate director of University Student Centers.

Up to 31 percent of the U.S. Food Supply is wasted every year, according to the United States Department of Agriculture. That means 133 billion pounds of uneaten food typically ends up in landfills where it rots and produces methane, a harmful greenhouse gas. Rather than ending up in the landfill, compost collected from Talley will be transported to Brooks Contractor Composting Facility with other food waste and compostables collected on campus, including pre-consumer dining hall waste, zero waste special events and University Housing’s pizza box composting project.

Since 2010, NC State’s three dining halls have diverted more than 1,348 tons from the landfill through composting as well by adding an anaerobic digester (which liquefies food waste) to its largest dining hall during a dishwashing room renovation in 2013.

Talley Student Union Composting: Add One

“Education will be a key component to the success of this pilot,” explained Analis Fulghum program manager for Waste Reduction and Recycling. “We plan to work with the campus community to raise awareness of how to compost effectively and determine if it’s feasible to expand post-consumer collection into other buildings on campus.”

The Waste Reduction and Recycling Office credits Campus Enterprises–which comprises University Dining, University Student Centers and Rave! Event Services as well as the other retail and hospitality services on campus–in helping to further composting efforts for campus and leading the way for post-consumer collection in other parts of campus.

“We are excited to work with our campus partners to implement this program, and look forward to the campus community joining this partnership to make the post-consumer composting a success,” Dr. Willis added.

Composting at Talley is a collaborative effort between NC State’s Campus Enterprises and Waste Reduction and Recycling departments.

For more information about Waste Reduction and Recycling efforts at NC State, visit  For more information about Talley Student Union, visit For more information about Campus Enterprises, visit

Executive catering chef for Rave! Catering receives University Award for Excellence

Mark TurnerAs the lead chef for the Rave Catering production team, Turner frequently works long hours and is accustomed to extinguishing the occasional fire. Last spring, still tired from working 19 hours the previous day, Turner arrived home and witnessed 20-foot high flames coming from a neighbor’s chimney. Turner quickly went to the house and alerted the neighbor. Before fire trucks arrived Turner and another neighbor climbed up and down a ladder with buckets of water to douse the flames that had spread to the roof and gutters. [read more]

Mark Turner
Office of Finance and Business
Executive catering chef for Rave! Catering

Exciting News and Updates!

It’s been quite some time since my last blog post, but you can blame Campus Enterprises for that. We have had so much going on in our offices lately that I’ve unfortunately had to stray from my blogging duties. Here’s a quick look at what we’ve been up to:

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[li]The Bookstore put on Tailgate Toss, a two-day cornhole competition that featured a grand prize of over $800-worth of tailgating merchandise[/li]

[li]The Bookstore is working on some great new contests and promotions for students to win even more prizes[/li]

[li]The Bookstore is getting close to launching a pretty awesome new program that you’re definitely going to be interested in, so stay tuned for announcements and updates on that[/li]

[li]Campus Enterprises started the Spirit Bands campaign to promote Red Fridays on campus by distributing free wristbands to students and faculty at different locations around campus (I think there still might be a few left, so go get yours if you haven’t already!)[/li][/ul]


And then there’s this little thing called the Talley renovation. Well, today we finally got the green light to go ahead and announce that the grand opening of the new Talley Student Union will be on Wednesday, October 23rd! It’s been so hectic here with everyone trying to get everything ready for the opening, and now it’s finally here!

As you probably know, Phase I of the New Talley was supposed to open earlier in the semester, but due to a few unforeseen drawbacks, this wasn’t possible. It was definitely a little bit stressful on this end, especially being sworn to secrecy every time a new tentative opening date was released… And with good reason, since every time we got a new date, it was canceled and pushed back again. But let me tell you, the wait was so worth it!

Another one of the interns and I got an exclusive tour of Talley last week and we got to see all of the amazing changes that have been made over the past two and a half years. Phase I of Talley includes a whole slew of new dining options, including Jason’s Deli, Los Lobos Mexican Grill, Red Sky Pizza, and Tuffy’s Diner. I tried the turkey wrap from Jason’s Deli and it was honestly one of the best wraps I’ve ever had (I wish I were exaggerating). We also took burrito bowls from Los Lobos and cannolis from Red Sky to-go! Believe a fellow member of the Pack when I say that the food at Talley is absolutely incredible. We’ve all been waiting for this for a long time, and trust me…it’s totally worth it!

Phase I also includes a ton of lounge space, both indoors and out, and now all of that red clay and dirt we’ve been staring at for the past two years is finally being replaced with beautiful green grass as the Stafford Commons. The other parts of Phase II will open in the spring, but I can’t wait for Phase II to be complete in early 2015. Why, you ask? Once it’s finished, the Talley Student Union will feature a 40,000 square-foot state-of-the-art NC State Bookstore! Would it be wrong of me to say that I’m most excited for there to be a Starbucks inside? It would be? Oops…

But in all seriousness, we’re doing everything we can to make sure that we’re providing the students, faculty, and other Wolfpack fans with the absolute best facilities that we possibly can. The Talley Student Union is going to be the place for students to get whatever it is they need, whether it’s a quick snack from the Talley Market, a burger from Tuffy’s Diner, textbooks, laptops, school supplies, and other Wolfpack gear from the new Bookstore, or just a nice spot to relax in between classes. The only downside to Talley that I can see is that I won’t be around to experience it for as long as I’d like to. Who knows, maybe I’ll end up an NC State grad student and still be able to get my Howling Cow fix from the Talley Market…

Well, that should do it for this post. Stay tuned for more updates on Talley, the Bookstore, and other exciting news from Campus Enterprises. I promise [to try] to not go another month until my next post.

Until next time… GO PACK!