Quarterly Cadet Food Focus Group Cont.

We attended the most recent Quarterly Cadet Food Focus Group this week.

What is the Purpose? It allows Cadets the opportunity to provide feedback to Mitchell Hall staff regarding menu items and other food issues.

Each time the Cadets meet for the Food Focus Group new foods are rated/added to menu cycle based on 67% approval rating of focus group. Then Mitchell Hall staff provides information to cadets regarding new items, special menus, initiatives, construction updates, etc. At the end the Cadets are able to ask questions, give feedback and talk one on one with the Mitchell Hall staff in attendance.

Yesterday’s group had a participation number of 29 male and 11 female Cadets and all but the class of 2016 was represented, the reason behind no participation from the Firsties is because they are graduating and the results from yesterday’s Focus Group will be seen in the Fall Semester when the all of the Classes return for the Academic Year. Of the 40 participants 16 Cadets were from the class of 2017, 18 Cadets were from the class of 2018, and 6 were Cadets from the class of 2019.

At this Focus Group several of the on base businesses provided food for the Cadets to try.

Heidi Jacobson, the Manager of the Falcon Club provided the Pecan Chicken Bites, Homemade Mac & Cheese and Chocolate Cake.

Diane Verlinde, the Food and Beverage Supervisor of the Eisenhower Golf Club Ike’s Grill provided the Grilled Marinated Chicken Breast, Long Grain and Wild Rice, Caesar Salad and Gourmet Cookies.

Mike Barker, the Director of Academy Lanes Bowling Center provided Hamburgers and Cheeseburgers.

After having the chance to try all of the food the Cadets were asked to vote and give feedback on items currently being served at Mitchell Hall. At each of the tables the Cadets are all given a Clicker. Which when used to vote on an item could be instantly viewed on screen for the Mitchell Hall staff and the cadets participating to see as feedback. The last Focus Group approved food that in the last few months had started being served at Mitchell Hall, this Group was asked to vote on whether or not they liked the new items and if they preferred it more or less to an item that was previously being served in Mitchell Hall.   

We’re looking forward to continuing to cover the Quarterly Cadet Food Focus Groups next year. Especially when you get to see the somewhat behind the scenes ways that the Academy and Mitchell Hall work with the Cadets.


To view the rest of the pictures taken yesterday afternoon, go to Galleries - Extracurricular - Cadet Life. Or click the link below.

Quarterly Cadet Food Focus Group