The cafe at Duke Divinity School in Durham reopened in 2012 and is operated by CORE Catering.
CORE Catering owner Pat Eder and partner Monica Vaughan have more than seven years of combined experience at the location.
“We’re thrilled to be back,” Eder said. “We are dedicated to providing the best foods to our customers, the best recipes, along with stellar service. From my previous experience here, I understand the clientele. We are resolute to sourcing local foods and to providing healthy, nutritious meals, and are unwavering in our commitment to sustainability.”
CORE Catering also supports the newly formed South Durham Farmers Market. “We are ecstatic to not only have a farm across the street from our kitchen, but a farmers market just down the road,” Eder said.
Vaughan, who has held a variety of positions in the restaurant and catering world, will be stepping in as director of event planning.
The Divinity School established the restaurant in their building six years ago, and school representatives are pleased that the CORE Catering team will be running the eatery.
“We are delighted about the vision Pat brings,” said Laceye Warner, executive vice dean and associate professor of Duke Divinity School. “Their commitment to high quality, sustainability and affordability are widely shared.”
Students were involved in the selection process.
“We looked at a lot of potential vendors, tasted some great food and asked many questions of each group,” said Robert Mason, Divinity Student Council co-president. “Pat is committed to student concerns, such as sustainable practices, local sourcing and to keeping prices affordable. Most importantly, she is dedicated to creating an eating and fellowship space for both the Divinity and larger university community. We are excited to welcome them.”
So are Duke Dining administrators.
“We went into the bidding process knowing we wanted a home run,” said Robert Coffey, Director for Duke Dining. “CORE Catering knows campus, knows the students, knows the sustainable market in the area, and are committed to it all. The CORE team is going to make a big impression on even the most hard to please.”
– From Duke Today, July 27, 2012