Top Purdue Dining at Marriott Hall

Do you ever find yourself on campus wanting a nice place to eat in a relaxing, comfortable environment? Marriott Hall may be your new favorite spot. Marriott Hall is home to the students of Hospitality and Tourism Management, housing a sit down restaurant, a bistro quick service, a coffee shop and areas to study all within one academic building. The  building is adorned with tall windows, bringing in tons of natural light in the big open atrium area. During the week, you’ll find students and faculty studying in the atrium, grabbing a bite from the Boiler Bistro or a coffee from Lavazza.

Within Marriott Hall, you can dine or enjoy a variety of things.

  • The John Purdue Room
  • Boiler Bistro (with Urban Belly pop-up until the end of April)
  • Lavazza Coffee
  • Seating in the atrium
  • Upstairs lounging

If you are looking for a sit down restaurant

The John Purdue Room offers dining during both lunch and dinner, but make sure to reserve a spot just in case! The JPR acts as a part of a lab for students in the  Purdue hospitality program; certain times during the year they will offer cuisine special to a country that the students specially prepare. You can enjoy wine and beer there as well.

If you are looking for a quick bite to eat

The Boiler Bistro is a Marriott Hall classic. They offer everything from burgers, a daily special and soups for a reasonable price. This semester, Urban Belly (a Chicago based ramen shop) is featured in the bistro until late April.

If you are in need of a pick-me-up

Lavazza is a quick coffee shop right next to the atrium within Marriott Hall that offers everything from hot coffee to gelato. My favorite thing to get from Lavazza is an iced chai with non-dairy milk and sometimes I’ll snag a donut as well!

If you are looking for a new place to study on campus

As soon as you walk inside of Marriott Hall, you will find a wide range of seating to enjoy your coffee, catch up with a friend or study for your next exam. The windows are open and bright, bringing in a lot of natural light during the day. They also offer upstairs seating if the atrium is too full!

If you want to try a new cuisine on campus

Urban Belly, a Chicao based ramen shop, is featured at the Boiler Bistro until late April. They offer a select menu at the Bistro but it is worth a try. Urban Belly has brought three ramen options and three dumpling options to Purdue, both having vegetarian options as well.

Make visit to Marriott Hall this year!  For more information about these restaurants and more in Lafayette-West Lafayette visit,  This blog is shared by Natalie, Purdue University and Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette Intern.

It’s a Magical Time at Purdue During the Holidays!

snowypurdue.elijahlouiswatermanbelltowerstudentsPurdue during the Christmas season is a magical time to visit campus…where you can enjoy the bite of cold in the air and the lovely, white snow. The snow also benefits one of Purdue’s oldest holiday traditions, which is going sledding at Slayter Hill. Every winter, Purdue students of every age meet up at Slayter Hill for the time of their lives. When the snow has fallen, Slayter Hill is the perfect place to go sledding.  Students grab their sleds to take a break from their studies to have some fun. For new Purdue freshmen, this is the perfect opportunity to get involved in an old Purdue tradition! Some of my favorite memories during my time at Purdue have been at Slayter Hill.

IMG_5321Once you’ve had enough fun and are ready to warm up from the cold, heading to LavAzza for some wonderful hot chocolate is the next step for your perfect day. LavAzza hot chocolate is different than any other type of hot chocolate because it is made with their special Italian drinking chocolate. The Italian drinking chocolate is delicious and makes the hot chocolate that much better. If you have never tried this drink before, or tried any of LavAzza’s other unique drinks, I highly recommend stopping by. It is located on Purdue’s campus in Marriott Hall. From personal experience, I know that the staff is extremely friendly and will do their best to brighten your day. The latte art they try to perfect is also very cool!

IMG_5349After you have warmed up from your hot beverage, the next thing you should do is head over to the Purdue Memorial Union. Every year, the Purdue Memorial Union takes its front doors off their hinges and spends an entire afternoon bringing in the Christmas tree. The Christmas tree is HUGE! It takes so many volunteers to help get this two story tall tree into the Union. People will stop by and watch the volunteers bring the tree into the Union and rave at its size. It is an all day effort. This year, the tree will be arriving on December 7th. The next night, the Purdue Student Union Board will gather around the tree and help decorate it. It is a truly magnificent experience. If you are on Purdue’s campus anytime during the holiday season, you should definitely stop and see the Christmas tree. It is beautiful and incredible to think about how much effort goes into getting the tree set up.

Another great holiday tradition that is put on by the Purdue Student Union Board is Breakfast with Santa. If you have young children, this is the perfect opportunity for your family. College students dress up as elves and interact with your children, craft stations are set up, breakfast is provided, and you can even get your picture taken with Santa! These are family memories that your children will hold onto for the rest of their lives.

If you love the holiday season, Purdue is a great place to be around Christmas time. If you’re new to the area, check out our online event calendar to see all the events that are taking place! Another great resource for holiday festivities is the Purdue Student Union Board website. Celebrate your holiday spirit at Purdue this year! We have so many opportunities and traditions you can participate in!

Megann, Purdue University Student and Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette Intern, shares this blog.

Perfect Mixture of Class and Casual, the John Purdue Room

DSCN1138The perfect mixture of class and casual, the John Purdue Room is a must for your dining bucket list! With the John Purdue Room being a classroom setting, it is often overlooked as a restaurant; however, it is one of the finest in West Lafayette! Located within Marriott Hall on Purdue’s campus, the nationally renowned Hospitality and Tourism Management (HTM) students run the restaurant with many of them learning the dining world for the very first time. However, what better way for a customer to experience a restaurant than from students who study the hospitality industry every single day and are the future for this field!

Diners can watch their food being prepared!

Diners can watch their food being prepared!

As a student myself in HTM, I can ensure to everyone that there is a large amount of effort and care put into each and every dish that comes out of JPR. Students are in HTM for a reason; we sincerely care about delivering excellent service to others and thoroughly enjoy providing irreplaceable experiences to all.  Whether you’re feeling lunch or dinner, the John Purdue Room is open for both meals throughout the school year with a new menu each semester.

The lunch option features students who are experiencing the lab for the first time. The majority of the students are sophomore and junior status. They are introduced to creating dishes in mass quantities, different types of equipment, and how to properly serve diners. If coming in for lunch, please keep in mind that many of these students are learning for the very first time, and they may be nervous. However, they work diligently to give the best possible service they can and take full advantage of the opportunity to learn. The practice you, as the customer, are providing the students helps them grow more towards their professional career. Leave a comment and grade on the comment cards so the students know how they did for the day!

DSCN1137Advanced senior level HTM students manage the dinner portion. The guests will experience a more upscale dining atmosphere with high-quality food surrounded by skilled students. The seniors are introduced to managerial experience in a fast paced restaurant environment and sharpen their skills in areas such as marketing, dish creation, menu engineering, and more. Ask your waiter or waitress about the special created personally by the students; it changes daily! Again, let the students know how they did. We are not able to improve ourselves without criticism from the most important part of the industry, our customers.

The John Purdue Room is even open this summer for their lunch menu! Opening June 22 and carrying on through July 30, the summer students will offer a brand new menu with the most contemporary dishes in the restaurant industry, Monday-Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. I will be working there myself this summer for my senior lab and encourage you all to come out and support my fellow students and I as we work hard to create an innovative menu with the highest quality of service. We appreciate the opportunity to learn and sharpen our skills to prepare for our future careers. We won’t disappoint!

IMG_5312If you’re looking for a quicker meal with cheaper prices, check out the options available right outside the doors of the John Purdue Room within the Marriott Hall Atrium. For a quick lunch, the Boiler Bistro is open for a quick bite to eat with a variety of options, featuring a new daily special every single day. Coffee is also available at LavAzza Coffee Shop to provide an excellent start to your morning or give you a pick-me-up later on throughout the day. There are many gourmet coffee options produced with care.

IMG_5321The relaxing, inviting ambiance added with students who are passionate about the field that strive for dining excellence is the perfect equation for an experience that will leave you wanting to come back for more. Not only do you obtain a high quality meal with exquisite service, but you also are helping students expand their knowledge and gain more real life experience to prepare them for what is to come in their successful futures. Your presence is greatly appreciated, and the service you receive in return reflects that. Call in to make reservations at (765) 494-6845, but walk-ins are always welcome! On-the-go options are also made available. I hope to see you this summer!

Kaley, Purdue University Student and Visitor Information Specialist for Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette, shared this blog.

Welcome Freshman to Boiler Gold Rush!

Campus Baskets and Walk

Campus Baskets and Walk

Is it just me or has this summer flown by?! I feel as if the older we get, the faster time seems to go.  Maybe it is because life becomes more entertaining as the years go by, and you know the saying “time flies when you’re having fun!” As the summer winds down, I am now preparing for the upcoming school year. As a sophomore now at Purdue University, I can definitely say that after just one year of college, I have grown and learned a lot. I am now another year older and another year wiser; however, I will forever carry with me my experiences from day one as a boilermaker.




Boiler Gold Rush is where my new chapter in life began. It is quite intimidating waking up that first day without your family and heading out to meet the other fellow freshman who are equally as nervous as you, but the nerves almost instantly disappeared once I was placed into my group. We were all strangers, yet all excited to meet new people. Each group has a team leader, and every single one of them are absolutely wonderful people! They are so full of energy, passionate about Purdue, and a huge helping hand. They are basically your first friends at Purdue, along with your group. The entire week features all new, fun activities for each day. You experience everything from what it means to be a true Boilermaker even down to learning new dance moves, chants, and games. The hype never dies down, and they certainly know how to wear you out, but the experience is irreplaceable. You also get the chance to break off into your majors to meet people outside of your group and become familiar with faces that you will soon see in the classrooms.   After a week of traveling with your clan from sunrise to way past sundown, you become a family. I am still good friends with the majority of my group to this day, and I’m very thankful I was able to meet such great people through the amazing opportunities at BGR.  I can honestly say that Boiler Gold Rush set a perfect precedent and really prepared me for the following months heading into my freshman year.

Triple XXX Burgers!

Triple XXX Burgers!

Attention incoming freshman: I have advice for you! When it comes to those who are directionally challenged like me, hope is not lost while walking around campus and neither will you! Thankfully, BGR is a huge walking escapade throughout every bend and turn of the Purdue campus.  It gets you extremely familiar with the area. However, there are still times to this day where I don’t know how to get to certain buildings. My best recommendation is to download the Purdue app for your smart phone. It features a map that uses GPS to show exactly where you are, your Purdue email, the menus for the dining courts, bus routes, and even what labs are vacant and available for use around campus. It is a major resource that I continuously use. Another piece of advice is to ATTEND YOUR CLASSES! I know college is more flexible about attendance than high school; however, class is vital time that should not be missed. Just a one-day absence of class can put you behind quite a bit. College is a fast paced learning style, and you have to be on your A-game to keep up. Finally, EXPERIENCE the college life instead of just getting by through the academic side of it. Join groups out of the +200 choices that Purdue offers, work out at the France A. Córdova Recreational Sports Center, grab a coffee at LavAzza, study outside by the fountains and wildlife, grab lunch at the Purdue Memorial Union, attend Purdue festivities, eat a Duane Purvis All-American peanut butter burger at Triple XXX, grab a Den Pop at the Den, and the list continues. There are never ending ways to get involved as well as learn more about yourself through the simple things in life.



The fun doesn’t stop outside of campus; I challenge you all to venture out into the Greater Lafayette area. Historical features, exciting downtown life, and beautiful nature are all located right next door to Purdue in Lafayette and Battle Ground. You can get in touch with your nature side by traveling to the variety of parks and trails in both Lafayette and West Lafayette. Refresh your historical memory by touring the Tippecanoe Battlefield and museum. You can even get an up-close encounter with wolves at Wolf Park. There are many adventures waiting to be taken outside of Purdue’s walls as well as within.

The short years spent at Purdue will be treasured as some of my all-time favorite memories. In the short time I have already been here, I’ve learned so much about the area, academics, others, and even myself.  Sometimes the smallest joys and the simple things lead you to exactly where you need to be. Enjoy these times now by exploring new activities, meeting new people, and pushing your boundaries because these times don’t last forever, and we surely won’t get it back. There is no better feeling than that of the Boilermaker life!

Visitor Information Specialist, Kaley, shared this blog.

Surviving Purdue Winters!

Winter Bell Tower – Purdue University

Surviving Purdue Winters by Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette’s intern Lauren:

It’s now January and Purdue students on campus are all curled up in their apartments or dorms back from a long holiday break. I’m sure they are dreading that walk to class and are wishing it could be warm again.  Everyone knows winters can be dark and dreary. However, once it snows, Purdue’s campus turns into a magical place. Watch out lunch ladies, you will be missing some of your lunch trays as students gather at Slayter Hill for sledding. If you aren’t a student and haven’t been over to campus after a snowfall, put this on your West Lafayette bucket list. It’s truly a hilarious sight to see as students put their creative talents to work. Some obviously go the old fashioned way with a lunch tray, but others in the past have made wooden sleds, used mattresses, and even went down on an old reclining chair attached to a wood base. Anything and everything has been seen on this campus hill. It’s crazy what measures students take to have a fun time but, it is a great way to get away from studying.

While on campus, warm up in one of the many coffee shops.  Students gather at Starbucks, Lavazza, Greyhouse, Undergrounds, Oasis, Vienna (who has some of the best Chai in town) and Café Royal not just to warm up, but to also fulfill that coffee need almost every student has. I’m looking forward to our first big snowfall and a deliciously warm cup of favored coffee.

John Purdue Room Bistro

John Purdue Room (Photo taken 1 week before January 17 Opening at new Marriott Hall location)

2 Great Cities, 1 Great University, Be a Tourist in Your Own Backyard!  Vacation, Relaxation, Fun; one image that comes into our heads is sand, sun and water.  Locals travel south to find their peace and quiet, while adventure, history, the arts and entertainment, and more, can be found in our own backyard.   Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana, is home to Purdue University which features a student managed, casual fine dining restaurant, John Purdue Room Bistro.

Looking for delicious, homemade food, exemplary service and an authentic, college experience?  You can get this and more at John Purdue Room Bistro.  This restaurant is where Purdue students are expected to manage, market, develop daily specials, produce, execute, and evaluate a casual fine dining experience.  For locals, visitors and students attending Purdue University, it is an opportunity to eat locally produced cuisine, dine in a brand new, state-of-the-art restaurant where diners can watch students prep and prepare the elegant entrees and enjoy dining in the center of a nationally known college, Purdue University.

One initiative I personally enjoy about John Purdue Room Bistro is its involvement in sustainable agriculture.  This past year the College of Agriculture and the Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management collaborated to develop a student-run farming initiative.  Its menu uses these local agricultural products produced on a five acre farm managed by Purdue students.  It gives diners a true Midwest local foods experience.  And nothing beats Midwest cuisine!!

John Purdue Room Bistro is located at the brand new state-of-the-art facility, Marriott Hall, at Purdue University.  Its official opening date in this new location is tomorrow, Tuesday, January 17, 2012.  Marriott Hall not only houses this wonderful dining room, but also a quick service dining restaurant and world renowned coffee shop, Lavazza Expression Coffee Shop.  Lavazza Expression offers made to order, decadent coffee and fresh, rich gelato!

Lavazza Expression Coffee Shop Seating

To learn more about this restaurant and other wonderful Indiana dining opportunities, check out our website at