We know that everyone’s diets, tastes and preferences are unique, so we have a variety of convenient food options available on campus for you to choose from.
We choose to support local businesses, farms and suppliers, because that’s important to us.
We choose to be sustainable by offering sustainable cutlery, biodegradable takeout containers and encouraging reusable cup and food container use through various initiatives.
We offer nutritious food options, made with fresh, high-quality ingredients to help you live your healthiest life.
Immigrating from the Philippines, Kristina Mejica and her husband, Mel Cruz, turned their shared love of bubble tea into a thriving local business. Beginning in their home kitchen in 2020, their unique bubble teas, made from their own recipes, quickly captivated the locals. Their hard work was fueled by a belief that anything was possible, and lots of learning soon paid off. Within a year, they opened their first storefront in downtown Red Deer and launched a food truck to bring their distinctive drinks to events and festivals. Most recently, they’ve made their way to MacEwan University, partnering with Takam Market to serve their signature bubble teas and turn customers into besties.
Inspired by the vibrant street food cultures of Asia and Europe, Ariel Del Rosario, a self-trained chef passionate about introducing the public to Filipino cuisine, began his journey as a culinary entrepreneur with the creation of Filistix. Starting out as a small food trailer offering Filipino-style barbecue skewers, Filistix became a staple at farmers’ markets, concerts, and special events and soon became a local favourite. Through hard work and determination, Ariel and his co-founder expanded the business with a full-sized food truck, multiple campus kiosks, a downtown eatery, and the creation of Takam Market in MacEwan’s Robbins Health Learning Centre in 2019. Takam, which means “to crave” in Filipino, is a food hall concept that brings diverse flavours to life, featuring sandwiches, pizza, pasta, coffee, and the beloved Filistix.
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Jaquilane Cruz, originally from the Philippines, moved to Canada in 2018. After years of experience in the food industry, culminating in a management position at Teapsy at the University of Alberta, she and her friend Evangeline Puzon embarked on a joint venture. Together, they decided to own and operate their very own Teapsy right here at MacEwan University. Their journey reflects determination and the pursuit of the Canadian dream. Jaquilane’s commitment extends beyond ownership; her family is directly involved, with her daughter and husband supporting the store’s operations, enhancing its connection to the student community. Nestled in Building 6 on campus, Teapsy is a welcoming place where everyone is invited to enjoy deliciously crafted bubble teas.
In 2006, Sean Harding, a seasoned coffee weigh master with an entrepreneurial spirit, co-founded Canada’s first national, Indigenous-owned coffee company. Spirit Bear Coffee, undeterred by larger competitors, carved a distinctive trail and grew across Canada. A little over a decade later, Sean and his team expanded their vision with White Buffalo Coffee Company. Named after the rare, and sacred animal, an emblem of hope and abundance, White Buffalo Coffee Company was created to share the energy, strength and power found within the message of the Anishinaabe Seven Grandfather Teachings. Each cup is a connection to a rich heritage and a sustainable future.
Guided by principles that cherish the earth and honor ancient traditions, White Buffalo is Fair Trade certified, Smudge certified, and a partner with One Tree Planted.
You can find White Buffalo Coffee at Griffins Landing in Building 6 and on the MacEwan Eats Catering menu.