Dining Services/Catering

Dining services operates four different venues on campus including the Cougar Grille, Smooth Joe’s, A Taste for All Seasons Catering Dining Servicesand vending services which are provided by Pepsi and Royalle Vending Services. 

The management office is located in the Student Center (Building H).  For further information on any of our services or to book catering services for your special event contact:

Donna Sowers, 301.846.2466
Jean Stalnaker, 301.624.2794
Cindy Peyton, 301.624.2738

Suggestions or comments on all venues are always welcome. You may send us suggestions or comments by clicking here.

Dining Services Meal Cards

Meal Card

You can purchase meal cards online for any denomination five dollars and up.
Meal cards are valid at both the Cougar Grille and Smooth Joe’s from July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017. See the cashier at either location for further details and to purchase your meal card. Meal cards may be ordered online. The first card may be ordered on line, any additional funds once the card is purchased must be added by taking the card to the cashier at the Cougar Grille or Smooth Joe’s along with the funds that you want added to the card or you can order a new card online. 
They make great gifts, too.
Purchase your meal card during the first two weeks of each semester and receive a FREE Mug which comes with a coupon for a free drink. 

Use your mug for refills during each semester and your refills are only $1.25 per drink. You can save over $100 per semester by using your mug and help the environment at the same time.


Cougar Grille

The Cougar Grille is located in the Classroom/Student Center (Building H), conveniently located in the center of campus and only a few steps away from your class.

Dine in our spacious, well-lit dining room and enjoy your favorite style of seating, including booths, dining tables, high top tables and comfortable lounge seating.


Fall & Spring Semesters

Monday – Thursday 8:00am – 5:00pm

Fridays 8:00am - 1:30pm

June, July & August
Monday – Friday:  8:00am – 1:30pm

To check the daily operating schedule, click the link on the right side of this page.

The Cougar Grille is open to all students, faculty, staff and the general public. The Cougar Grille serves breakfast all day featuring made-to-order breakfast sandwiches, omelets, yogurt parfaits, fruit, muffins and more.

The Grille Features SEVEN areas:

Saikou Sushi (available Fall & Spring semesters)
Saikou Sushi partners with the FCC Dining Services Department providing a trained sushi chef who makes fresh sushi on-site Monday through Thursday.  Pick some up for lunch or take it home for dinner.

Grill – Available all year
Stop by the grill for one of our many made-to-order sandwiches featuring char-grilled hamburgers, grilled chicken sandwiches, grilled cheese, chicken tenders, chicken nuggets, french fries, and more. 

Chef’s Alley – Available fall & summer
Check out our stir fry bar – Watch our staff make your Asian dish with your choice of lo mein noodles or rice, your choice of vegetables, fruits and meats and your choice of sweet & sour sauce, general tso sauce or teriyaki sauce. We even provide you with chopsticks!

Available Mondays & Tuesdays – Burrito Bowl – Your choice of cilantro-lime white or brown rice. Choice of one meat:  Taco Seasoned Ground Beef or Chicken Fajita Breast Strips
Choice of one: Black Beans or Pinto Beans
Choice of any or all: Sauteed Peppers & Onions, Shredded Lettuce, Monterey Jack Cheese and Sour Cream
Choice of one:  Fresh Tomato Salsa (Mild) or Charred Chipotle Salsa (Medium)
Guacamole is also available for an additional charge.

Eggrolls – vegetable or pork

Chef’s Alley also serves hot entrees and side dishes during the lunch hours of 10:30am – 1:30pm on various days Monday – Thursday.

Custom made sandwiches and wraps on your choice of white or wheat bread, tomato basil tortilla, garlic herb tortilla, whole wheat tortilla, jalapeno cheese tortilla, Naan bread, croissant or bagel.  Select from oven roasted turkey breast, Virginia baked ham, black angus roast beef, or house made chicken salad.

Try our fresh cooked personal pan pizzas – hot from the deli.

Try the Naan Flatbread Panini Sandwiches at the Deli
Sante Fe Turkey – Roasted turkey breast, cheddar cheese, bacon, sliced tomato, leaf lettuce and chipotle mayonnaise
Rustico Ham & Cheese – Virginia baked ham, provolone cheese, roasted red peppers, leaf lettuce and zesty bistro sauce
Tuscany Chicken Salad – House made chicken salad, sliced tomato, leaf lettuce and pesto mayonnaise
Hot Italian – Hard salami, capicolla ham, peppered ham, lettuce, sliced tomato, provolone cheese & Italian dressing
Mediterranean Veggie – Hummus, red onion, cucumbers, black olives, sliced tomatoes, Feta cheese and Greek dressing
Monterey Chicken – Grilled chicken strips, provolone cheese, bacon, sliced tomato, leaf lettuce, ranch dressing and guacamole

Salads & More 
Make your own salad, have a hot cup of soup or a slice of fresh baked pizza. Our salad bar features over 30 items.
Salad Bar
Grab and Go
Short on time?  Stop by our Grab & Go cases and select a house made salad, wrap or sandwich, cool yogurt parfait or pudding, fresh cut fruit, sabra hummus, yogurt and fresh made sushi.  Great for lunch and to take home for dinner!

Stop by for a quick drink or complete your meal with a fountain drink or bottled beverage. We carry juice, teas, coffee, cappuccino, a full selection of beverages from Pepsi, and more.
Cougar Grille Menu
Smooth Joe's

Located in the Cougar Grille Dining Room in Building H

Open: Fall & Spring Semesters
 Monday – Thursday 7:30am – 8:00pm

Friday: Closed

Saturday 7:30am – 1:00pm

Summer Semester Class Terms:
Open:  Monday – Thursday 4:00pm – 8:00pm

Friday: Closed

For a daily operating schedule click on the operating schedule on the right side of this page.

Smooth Joe’s features coffees, espresso, cappuccino, lattes, flavored lattes, chai teas, hot chocolate, hot teas, iced lattes, Big Train Smoothies and more. Add one of our pastries with your drink – choose from muffins, apple fritters, cinnamon rolls, scones, donuts, eclairs, danishes, cookies, biscotti and much more.

Short on time? Grab a drink and pair it with a yogurt parfait, or for lunch or dinner grab a sandwich or wrap made fresh in our kitchen.
Smooth Joe's Menu

Catering Menu

A Taste for All Seasons Catering services special events for internal and external groups using campus facilities.  A Taste for All Seasons Catering offers everything from coffee service to boxed lunches to fully catered buffets for groups of 10 – 1000. You can view our catering brochure by clicking on the link below. Guidelines and pricing are included in the brochure. Please use the catering reservation form below to complete the information regarding your event. Many of these menus can also be converted for larger groups with full catering services with setup, service and cleanup. Many of our catering menus can also be provided this way.
For assistance with your special event contact:
Donna S. Sowers, 301.846.2466
Jean Stalnaker, 301.624.2794
Catering Brochure 
Catering Reservation Form


Vending Services on the FCC campus are managed by The FCC Dining Services Department and service is provided by Pepsi & Royalle Vending Services.
Vending machines are conveniently located in the Conference Center, Visual & Performing Arts Center, Athletics Center, Linganore Hall, B/C Knuckle, Student Center, and at the Monroe Center.
If you encounter problems with a machine please notify the dining services management office at 301.624.2738 or 301.846.2466 so a repair call may be placed. 
Refunds are cheerfully provided at the Cougar Grille during normal operating hours.

Downloads and Links

Purchase Meal Card

Catering Reservation Form

Dining Services Operating Schedule

Job Openings


Donna Sowers
Director Dining Services


Jean Stalnaker
Dining Services
Shift Manager 

Cindy Peyton
Dining Services
Shift Manager 

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