Each year, Food Management, a national and widely respected publication that features trends and best practices in the foodservice industry, honors the most innovative operations in the country. This year, the Faculty Student Association (FSA) took the grand prize for Best Convenience Retail Concept for Jasmine Market.
“This award is outside verification of the quality work being done by FSA to meet student expectations and help our students feel welcome here. The FSA team remains laser-focused on raising the bar to help meet student expectations across all of its service areas,” said Matthew Whelan, Vice President for Strategic Initiatives and FSA Board President.
Jasmine Market, located in the Charles B. Wang Center, opened earlier this year as a brand new 550-square-foot store featuring more than 100 new international grocery items, snacks and Pan Asian beverages. When the Jasmine Market was constructed, FSA used repurposed materials to create a grocery area out of an underutilized space. One of the shining stars of the Jasmine Market is the Korean style grab-n-go fresh offerings that include fresh kimchi and dried squid. “FSA and CulinArt are especially proud of this new addition to Jasmine as it provides an authentic experience for all of our guests,” stated Van Sullivan, FSA Executive Director.
Since its inception in 2002, the 8,300-square-foot Jasmine Food Court has been a dining location that showcases the rich diversity of our campus and promotes multicultural learning. Jasmine services more than 15,000 customers each week and has become a destination for fresh, authentic, Asian foods, including Korean, Chinese, Indian, live cooking at the Hibachi Grill, made-to-order sushi, sushi burritos, poke bowls, and a wide assortment of flavored teas, bubble teas and baked goods at the Teahouse.
The venue hosts many programs, services, learning experiences, and opportunities that celebrate diversity and promote greater inclusion for all members of the Stony Brook University campus. Special events such as Diwali, Holi, and Lunar New Year combine food and entertainment with performances from student organizations. Through collaborations with academic departments, student groups, and community organizations, guests enjoy a multifaceted, intellectually sound, and humane understanding of East Asian cultures, and their relationship to other cultures.