Campus Dining

Campus Dining

The Five Towns College Upbeat Café offers a variety of nutritious food that satisfies all palates. Students, faculty, and staff can find menu choices that include hot entrees as well as an assortment of sandwich specialties and salads. The Upbeat Cafe serves three meals a day mid-week, including breakfast, lunch, and dinner in an informal atmosphere that promotes congeniality and the opportunity to establish new and lasting friendships. During the week, often times Jazz Ensembles can be enjoyed during Common Hour.

A more limited dining experience is offered at The Downbeat Student Center. This is primarily for residential students on the weekend evenings. The trendy snacks, delicious desserts, healthy salads and lite meals are enjoyed by all staff and students participating in residence hall or student activities. Catering is available as well.

Most important, head to either the Upbeat Cafe or The Downbeat to take advantage of not only good food, but also good company!


The Upbeat Café

Monday–Friday: 8:15am–11pm

Breakfast – 8:15am-11am
Lunch – 11:30am-3pm
Dinner – 4:30pm-7pm
Late Night – 7pm-11pm
Saturday/Sunday: 11am–7pm
Brunch – 11am-2:30pm
Dinner – 4pm-7pm

The Upbeat Café, our Long Island College’s primary food service location, can be found in the main academic building. It is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner service. View this week’s menu.

The Upbeat Café has introduced a variety of Healthy Choices that are made fresh daily for the FTC community. The Upbeat Café staff is eager to please and will prepare customized dishes for students upon request.

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Meet the Chef: Charles Mandemaker

Leading the culinary team at the Five Towns College Upbeat Café is the Executive Chef and General Manager Charles Mandemaker a/k/a Charlie.

After earning his degree in Culinary Arts from the acclaimed Culinary Institute of America (CIA), located in Hyde Park, New York, Charlie was a professional Chef in California. He specialized in Californian and Southwestern-style cuisine while working in several 5-star restaurants and hotels. After returning to New York, for the past 25+ years, Charlie continued his culinary profession as an Executive & Catering Chef and General Manager for all types of institutions i.e. hotels, restaurants, businesses, schools, camps, and country clubs.

In addition, Charlie is co-owner of Culinary Sensations, a food service management company. To give back to the community, Charles has been involved with charity organizations such as the NYS Commission for the Blind (NYSCB), providing guidance and hands on cooking experience to participants to help them prepare for a career in the food service industry.

A seasoned professional with extensive experience in the culinary field, Charles Mandemaker is committed to delivering great tasting, high quality food and service to his Five Towns College guests.

This is accomplished through regularly scheduled meetings with representatives of the student body in an effort to address concerns, add new menu items, have seasonal offerings, and be responsive to individual requests.

After several years on campus, Chef Charlie and his culinary team delivers to the Upbeat Café wholesome, fresh, homemade and delicious meals. Unlike other higher education institutions that contract with big corporate entities to provide food services, FTC has identified an incredible and high-quality boutique team of culinary experts. Chef Charlie is at the helm supervising and cooking in the Upbeat Cafe’s culinary facilities daily.

Should you have any concerns or need to arrange catering, stop by the Upbeat and ask for Chef Charlie! He is happy to customize requests and tries hard to please the FTC student body.