By RICHARD BOHAN
To feed the entire SLU population, you’ll need 10 gallons of chili, 36 gallons of soup and 25 gallons of coffee a day—“That’s not counting the specialty drinks,” North Star Café manager, Killy Bobela said.
It’s safe to say with over 7,000 to 8,000 swipes per day, estimated by Bobela; the North Star Café quenches the voracious appetite of its students. However, according to Bobela, “The Pub” also feeds the student’s creativity. “I stay up with the trends,” Bobela said, “and one of the biggest trends with students is creating their own concoctions.”
Quesadillas are certainly big with students who want to experiment with different toppings, Bobella said. There’s even a rumor going around that a new Quesadilla machine is just around the corner.
However, some student creations have become staples at the Pub. According to Bobela, Obi Nwaigwe came up with his own wrap, the Daddy Obe, now immortalized in The Pub’s wrap-of-the-day menu.
Even the St. Lawrence University staff have let out their creative juices – leading sometimes to surreal results. Ever tried the Sir Rance a Lot? Bobela said she approached Rance Davis with the idea of making a wrap and he eagerly came up with the ingredients, which includes chicken and buffalo sauce. It’s now a regular wrap-of-the-day as well.
However, it’s not all fried food at the pub. “Many consider the pub a fast food area, but we’re trying to incorporate healthy food choices,” Bobela stated. Healthy food is another important trend that Bobela said she is on the pulse of and tries to create new ideas for. demo for Fully Loaded Baked Potato Pizza at the Pizza Station in The Pub, created by a recipe that a staff member brought to the Pub.
Bobela said she also tries out her own ideas as well. Recently, The Pub held a competition where the lucky couple, closest to guessing the amount of heart candy in a jar, won a romantic dinner for two served at the Pub and waited by Bobela herself.
Bobela also plans to have more food demos, monthly specials and competitions for the New Year.
However, Bobela suggests students to help her out and send new ideas, recipes, and suggestions through the suggestion box at the pub. Who knows, maybe your own experimental wrap can become the next big thing?