What you see may look like a sad box filled with tortilla chips, a pack of balsamic vinaigrette, a pat of butter, and an apple. But will you believe that what you are actually looking at is a chicken Caesar salad? No, you wouldn’t believe that, because there’s no chicken or Caesar dressing or salad. But according to New York University’s student meal plan, that’s what that sad box is supposed to be.
Despite the fact that we’re still in the middle of a pandemic, NYU decided to bring students back to school on July 30th. Mashable reports that NYU’s plan for re-opening involves students moving into their dorms in stages, and quarantining for 14 days in their room. That also means food is dropped off for students, so they don’t have to leave their COVID-19 quarantine nests. And I chose the nest analogy because the meals look like something that was curated by a pigeon with access to the most-full trash can in Washington Square Park. Here’s NYU’s take on chicken Caesar salad:
Dipping the tortilla chip…IN THE DRESSING?! That officially just made the meals served at the Fyre Festival look like the signature dish of a Michelin 3-star restaurant. Here’s one student who has taken to executing a smell test before she eats anything, in this particular case it’s something called a Green Goddess Bagel Topper meal. The only thing green will be the barf that comes out of her mouth when she realizes the white specks on the top of her bagel aren’t sesame seeds.
NYU hired a company called Chartwell to provide the meals, which many students have complained of being delivered late. A spokesperson for NYU released the following statement:
“We are aware of the students’ complaints, which are valid. This is a never-before-tried operation for us and our food vendor, Chartwells…But it is vital to get it right, and we are disappointed in Chartwells’ management of the quarantine meals process.”
Tuition for NYU is around an average of $53,000 a year, with dorm costs being about $20,000 per year. According to our chicken caesar TikTok user above, NYU has thrown some gift cards at the issue:
I feel bad for all those quarantined NYU students and only because eating like shit is absolutely part of the college experience, but gobbling questionable garbage for breakfast, lunch, and dinner should always be a choice!