Swings 25th Anniversary

FullSizeRender (7)This Saturday February 6th, marks our 25th anniversary.

We know some of you are saying “25 years?  I feel so old.”  Well how do you think we feel?  In just 25 short years, we’ve made thousand of friends and become a Wesleyan institution.

Join us on Saturday as we celebrate.  There is sure to be the usual free swag and other surprises.

 

We are still working out the details for a larger celebration later this semester.  And of course don’t forget the Super Bowl is the next day.

  • Karen & Ed

New! Text Your Order Service at Red & Black Cafe

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  • Now you can text your order to the Red & Black Cafe all day everyday.
  • The first time you text us, you will be asked for your name and class year to add you to our system (it’s automated so play along).  After that it’s so quick and easy.
  • Ask us about specials or daily soups
  • Receive promotional updates and discounts

Text of Ed’s Speech to the Class 2016 at Wine and Cheese

FullSizeRender (5)On Friday September 25, WesWings sponsored a Wine and Cheese party for the class of 2016 at Beckham Hall.  For those who were unable to attend or may have had difficulty hearing due to sound and mic equipment problems, we are posting the details of Ed’s speech here.

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Thank you and welcome.  I am Ed Thorndike and I, along with my business partner, Karen Polascik, own Wes Wings and The Red & Black Café.  As many of you know, Wes Wings will be celebrating its 25th year in business.  We have several events planned to celebrate starting with tonight.  Next week we’re bringing a group of our staff to NYC to see Hamilton.  We are also planning a large celebration next spring and we hope to see all of you then too.

Now in addition to owning WesWings, I am also an alum, class of 1989.   I want to welcome you tonight on behalf of the alumni association as well.  Over the coming days, weeks and months you will hear a lot of good reasons why you should contribute to the senior class gift.  And for those who have or will soon be giving, I thank you for your gift.  I know many of you have reasons why you DON’T want to give.  I’ve heard them.  I’m still paying tuition.  I don’t have a job.  I have tons of loans.  Or maybe you’re just pissed off at one of things the administration has done recently.  But here’s the thing.  For me.  When the smoke clears it comes down to the Wesleyan experience.  The Wesleyan experience is special and is what motivates me.  It’s been passed down to you and you will soon pass it down to classes that come after you.  You’re probably asking yourself, “what is this Wesleyan experience of which you speak so eloquently?”  Well I’ll tell you….

It’s football games and basketball and hockey.  It’s ultimate Frisbee and West African dance concerts outside.  It’s seeing your friends in shows at the ’92 theater.  It’s Ebony Singers in the Chapel, it’s research in Hall Atwater

It’s bands at Art House, Buho and Eclectic.  It’s parties in the backyards of Fountain.  It’s a party ON Fountain.  It’s Pine Palace or the Fishbowl.  It’s getting a grilled cheese at 2 am from Whey and a breakfast pail from WesWings the next day.  It’s O’Rourkes, or Ford News Diner.  It’s Thai Gardens, Typhoon and Neon.

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WTF Happened to My Turkey Panino and other Changes to the RBC Menu

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Relax it’s still here.  We made a lot of changes to the menu but we have only ADDED more items.  Your old favorites are still here and now you can make them better.

First the Turkey Panino.  Now you order it from the BYO Sandwich menu.

Turkey, cheddar and pesto on grilled focaccia bread.  Add some tomatoes it always makes it better.

In addition to the Turkey Panino you can customize lots of Sandwiches.

Under Build Your Own Sandwich you can create just what you want.  We still have our famous Cranberry-Apple Tuna.  We’ve added

  • Home cooked roast beef,
  • Baked ham
  • House made Hummus

Plenty of bread options and new spreads as well.  Any sandwich can be grilled on the panini.

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Red & Black Cafe’s $53,000 Completes a Decade of Giving

RBC LogoTen years ago beginning in 2005, we pledged a decade long campaign to contribute 1% of our gross sales from the Red & Black Cafe to support financial aid.  Our 1% For Aid campaign has been completed with over $53,000 in contributions. These funds had been restricted to financial aid and since 2009 we specifically directed these funds to the Johannah Justin Jinich ’10 scholarship, (a cause dear to our hearts).

As we begin our 13th year in business at the RBC, we appreciate all the support we’ve received from students and the Wesleyan community.  While this particular campaign is now complete, we will continue to support you, our customers, in new ways.

-Karen & Ed

Class of 2019 Guide To ‘Swinging

You’ve heard about it.  They have cookie dough.  Maybe you even ate there during WesFest.  But now you’re here, standing in line, with a crowd around you, and you hear one of the cashiers yell, “Can I help who’s next?”  

WesWings can be a little daunting the first few times.  Some will panic and just order a burger and fries or a chicken sandwich.  Our menu is pretty extensive and the choices are vast.

  • What kind of bread?
  • Regular or spicy fries?
  • What kind of sauce?
  • Here or to go?

To list just a few of the questions you’ll be asked.

So here are a few ideas to help you get the most out of our little dining establishment.

  1. Water is free, cups are not.  We charge 25 cents for a water cup so if you don’t want to buy a drink, bring your own mug.  We do this to reduce waste, not make money.
  2. To Go containers are free.  Our portions are big and delicious so why not bring it home.

What to order?

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Welcome Home Everyone

You’re back.  We’re open.  What could be better?

The Red & Black Cafe is open (and has been all week)  Lot’s of changes at the cafe.  New menu featuring breads from Hartford Baking Co.  You can build your own sandwiches, salads and wait for it… grilled cheese.  Lot’s of toppings, fillings, spreads etc..  Still have some of your favorites including the Thanksgiving sandwich and our apple cranberry tuna. Weekend brunch with all your favorite omelets and a few new specials as well.  Also, the folks at IT have been busy this summer and AIRWES is now flying at the bookstore/cafe.

WesWings re-opens tonight at 5pm.  We’ve been working on new specials for the semester and are almost as excited as you are for the first pails of the year Sunday morning.  We have a lot of exciting news and events we’ll be sharing in the coming days and weeks.  If you haven’t heard Swings is turning 25.  As always, both locations take points.  Be sure to follow/friend us on whatever social media you use.

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It’s going to be a great year.

-Karen & Ed

End of the year Mug Club Special $10

IMG_1886UPDATE:  MUGS are now just $10 points.

Why spend 2 points or more every meal for your beverage?  Our Mug Club is not only good for the environment, it’s good for your points balance.

If you go to either location 3 times a week, you will save over $160 this year.  Go 5 times a week and save close to $300 this year.

Mug Club FAQ

What is it?

Purchase a reusable mug from either WesWings or Red & Black Café for free refills of soda and iced coffee every time you visit.

Can I use it at other campus locations?

Only WesWings and Red & Black Cafe.

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Welcome Class of 2020

11227924_10153843436476029_1177652049678180620_nYou’re almost here!  We know you have questions. “What’s a pail?  Tell me about cookie dough.” Good news, we have answers.  And we will be providing them over the upcoming weeks.

The most important thing you can do right now is connect with us.

Over the next few weeks we will provide you with answers like

  • “Yes, we do take points.  You can use your meal plan points at both WesWings and the Red & Black Cafe.”
  • “The Red & Black Cafe is located in the back corner of Broad St. Books, the campus bookstore at 45 Broad St.  Yes, you can use your meal plan points at the cafe.”
  • “WesWings is located in the lower rear level at 156 High St.  Yes, you can use your points there too”
  • “Sorry, you can’t use your block meals.  That’s why most students opt for the plan with the most points.”
  • “Yes, it’s raw.  Yes, you can eat it.”
  • “Yes, were are hiring.  Apply on our Website”
  • “We recommend over easy, but a scrambled pail is good too.”

Don’t be shy.  Feel free to contact us through any of our social media accounts.  See you in September.

-Karen & Ed