Students devour hundreds of pounds of food daily at Ranger Café

Photo by Laura Hernandez / THE
FLARE. Tealia
“Tina”
Hooper
has
been
the
head
cook
of the Ranger Café for
6 years.
Photo by Laura Hernandez / THE
FLARE. Tealia
“Tina”
Hooper
has
been
the
head
cook
of the Ranger Café for
6 years.

Each day, the Ranger Café in the Devall Student Center serves 600 students. Over three meals, they devour 75 pounds of meat, 20 pounds of vegetables, and wash it all down with 225 gallons of fountain drinks.

Gary Crouch, director of food services, has been working for ARAMARK, the company that operates the Ranger Café, for 25 years.

He served at Oklahoma State University until 2008, and has been at KC since then.

Crouch said he enjoys what he does.

“I love to cook and being around food,” he said.

If he was not serving students, Crouch said he would enjoy doing something in information technology or data analysis.

Crouch’s day usually starts at 7:30 or 8 a.m., except on Thursday when it starts at 4:30 in the morning. His 30 employees work about 10 to 11 hours a day, five to six days

 

a week. The meal times for students are 7 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. for breakfast; 10:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. for lunch; and 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. for dinner.

Not surprisingly, the students’ favorites are pizza, burgers and fries.

Kemaune Anderson, Gladewater freshman, said he “enjoys the pizza and fried pork chops” while Nora Mitchell, Dallas freshman, said she “likes the pizza and the French fries.”

Ashley Haley-Varner, Arlington freshman, has a wider variety of favorites. She said she, “enjoys the salad and fruit bar, breakfast, pizza and hamburgers when they serve them.”

Crouch said he noticed the majority of the students like the chicken fried steak, brisket and roast.

He said he has noticed that the students’ least favorite meals include vegetarian meals such as tofu.

Crouch has planned a special Valentine’s Day dinner for the students.

The meal will include steak, chicken, a pasta bar, vegetables, and pizza.

The price for those who do not have a meal plan will be $6.29 plus tax.

For more information contact Crouch at 903-983-8280 or gcrouch@kilgore.edu.