University Restaurant with Pan-Asian Concept
FEAST at Rieber is a new pan-Asian residential restaurant on the UCLA campus. Opened in Fall 2011, FEAST at Rieber is one of the only pan-Asian university dining halls in the nation, featuring seven different cuisines with an emphasis on high-quality ingredients and authentic flavors.
Seven Cuisines Featured
The seven cuisines currently featured at FEAST at Rieber includes Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Indian, Vietnamese, Thai, and Hawaiian. A varied menu of over 1,000 authentic and Asian-inspired recipes was researched and developed in order to celebrate the wide range of flavors, tastes, and textures of the cuisines of Asia.
FEAST at Rieber’s pan-Asian culinary theme reflects the thriving development of multi-cultural communities in Los Angeles and the high representation of Asian and Asian-American student residents at UCLA. By featuring an authentic and varied menu, FEAST at Rieber helps students reconnect and share home-cooked memories and cultural experiences with each other.
Interior Redesign Improves Customer Service
The goal of the restaurant’s redesign was to increase operational efficiencies and improve customer service. Incorporating the latest culinary and audio-visual technology, designing a range of seating options, and creating a cohesive dining experience through décor, lighting, and music are just a few of the ways the redesign meets those goals.
FEAST at Rieber features an Asian-inspired ambiance with a contemporary approach. Its interior design embraces warm, earth tones, textured stone, natural woods, and bamboo accents. Floor-to-ceiling windows on one side of the restaurant plus other ample windows flood the restaurant with natural light.
There is a variety of seating options, including an 18-person community dining table and comfortable booths that seat six. FEAST seats approximately 600 in a total of 12,000 square feet of dining space. Total restaurant square footage is approximately 19,000, including back of the house areas.
The audio-visual program for FEAST at Rieber includes a state-of-the-art sound system for background music, LCD screens for displaying digital menus, and high-definition flat panel televisions for cultural programming. The lighting system is variable to adapt to the time of day or desired ambiance in the restaurant. The kitchens of FEAST at Rieber showcase the latest in culinary technology, including a stone oven for baking flatbreads, bubblers for specialty beverages, commercial rice cookers, a 6-foot charbroiler, induction cookers, and germ-eliminating UV-lit hoods at every platform.
Management & Culinary Team
FEAST at Rieber is overseen by Daryl Ansel, Director of Food & Beverage for UCLA Dining Services, and Alex Macias, Assistant Director, Area Blue. The General Manager for FEAST at Rieber is Mino Bhathena, and Tony Phan is the Dining Manager. Oliver Del Rosario and Kunal Sinha are Assistant Dining Managers.
The Head Chef at FEAST at Rieber is Executive Chef Mikel Mark Kim. The culinary team also features R&D Chef Jorge Noriega, Executive Pastry Chef Anthony Nigro, and Commissary Principal Chef Marco Rios.
Project Management Team
The redesign of FEAST at Rieber was managed by the UCLA H&HS Project Management Team which includes Jerome Jontry, Construction Manager; Pi-Hsuan Kao, Project Manager; and Elizabeth Rendon, Interior Design Lead.