Ferris State University Big Rapids MI College

Dining Services
Rock Cafe
Front view of Rock

Marketplace concepts, also referred to as a Marchè concepts or food emporiums, are the new generation in student dining. A marketplace concept provides an integrated food production and dining experience with an emphasis on fresh ingredients and made-to-order preparation. It is characterized by exhibition cooking at several distinct food platforms. the majority of the existing back-of-the-house production has been moved to several self-contained display cooking venues inside the dining area.

This concept incorporates European-style marketplace décor where cooking aromas, product freshness, and abundance are prevalent. An emphasis is placed on food merchandising, and it also includes casual Café-style seating.

Students today want an element of entertainment with their dining experience, a concept we call "eatertainment." A marketplace concepts offers this as food becomes the "star" and the staff is on "stage". This is what The Rock Cafe offers for Today's students.

Methods of payment accepted at the Rock Café: Platinum, Silver, Gold, Bronze meal plans; guest meal passes; Bulldog Bucks, Express Meal Plan, cash or credit cards.

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