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Tortellini Tuesday Revisited: An Insider’s View

Posted by on Wednesday, November 30, 2011 in College Life, Dining, Food, General Information, Jobs, Student Life, Work Study.

Last year, one of my friends and fellow bloggers, Ryan, wrote about Tortellini Tuesday. In fact, he even mentioned me! It’s because I work for Vanderbilt Dining to fulfill my work study allotment.

Every Tuesday night during the semester, Rand shuts down its normal stations — burgers, sandwiches, Tex-Mex, etc… — to open the famous Tortellini Tuesday. The night opens at 4:30pm and goes until 7:30pm, and we are busy busy busy for the most part. We have 3 lines where a student worker chef will cook you custom tortellini from which you can choose to mix and match any of the following ingredients: tortellini, chicken, vegetables, garlic, marinara sauce, and alfredo sauce. We also open a 4th Express Line where someone just serves you the pre-heated food combined how you like. It still tastes good, but the custom touch is definitely preferred.

During the rush time, 6-7pm, lines are long. I’ve never understood as one of the workers behind the line why someone would wait in line for 15-20min. But then again, when I go on break I can prepare my food immediately.

The event is actually pretty fun to work at. I enjoy cooking and talking to people, so being one of the chefs is ideal! A lot of my friends always come to my line, which makes it even better, but I’ve definitely had long conversations with random customers just because I was cooking their food.

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