Healthy Eating

Providing you with nutritious options is something your dining team proudly does every day. We help you select delicious, healthy and satisfying meals, snacks and desserts by highlighting well-balanced menu choices and providing nutritional information and tips to help you make choices that fit your needs.

TALK TO US ABOUT YOUR FOOD ALLERGIES!

We are passionate about serving students and take pride in sourcing wholesome ingredients, preparing delicious food, and providing accurate nutrition and allergen information. A team approach led by you, our educated consumer, is the best preparation for a safe school year free of allergic reactions. We want to meet one-on-one with all students with special dietary needs to ensure that your dining experience is safe, delicious and social.  

NUTRITION SIGNAGE
Our menu system provides ingredient statements, specifically highlighting the big eight allergens: milk, eggs, shellfish, fish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat, & soy. Guests may check on the presence of allergens prior to planning their meals using the online menu and nutrition calculator. The absence of an allergen listed on product signage is not a guarantee that the product is free of that allergen. The guest is responsible for communicating their allergy to a supervisor or manager to ensure safety. We have several allergen-free stations on-campus to make dining with special dietary needs safer and more enjoyable. 

INDIVIDUAL MEAL PLANNING

Students with special dietary needs are able to receive individual assistance with our Registered Dietitian, Alexandra Duquette, RD, CD. Meetings with the Dietitian may include a review of the resources currently in place, a tour of the dining facilities, and menu planning. 

Arrangements can be made if the student's medical dietary needs are unable to be met with daily offerings. If you have a food allergy/special diet concern, please start by contacting Student Accessibility Services and our Registered Dietitian Alexandra Duquette RD, CD, to discuss and set up reasonable dietary accommodations. 

 
SIMPLE SERVINGS
This popular station provides safe and appetizing food choices for customers with Celiac and food allergies/intolerances. The Simple Servings station offers a hot plated entrees for lunch and dinner made without the seven most common allergens: peanuts, tree nuts, shellfish, wheat, soy, milk products, and eggs. In addition, all food is made without gluten and procedures are in place to control for cross-contact. Separate equipment, utensils, storage areas, and preparation areas minimize this risk, offering customers a safe and healthy dining option. Simple Servings is located at Harris Millis Dining and Central Campus Dining.
 
Four
This allergen station is free of four of the top allergens: gluten, peanuts, tree nuts, and shellfish. Four is located at  The Marketplace, (Davis Center, second floor) and at Redstone Unlimited. Like Simple Servings, we take precautions to reduce the risk of cross-contact.
 
MY ZONE
My Zone is a gluten-free, peanut-free and tree-nut free area for students reserved with food allergies and other dietary needs. In addition to pantry items, a made-to-order hot meal menu for lunch and dinner is also available. Located inside our four traditional dining locations: Central Campus Dining, Harris Millis Dining, Northside Dining, and Redstone Dining, these areas are equipped with a designated microwave, refrigerator, toaster, gloves and allergen-free prep surfaces. We ask our campus community to respect these spaces for those who truly need it.  
 
In order to allow for social distancing and reduce the number of surfaces touched in our dining spaces, the My Zone is not a self-service pantry. Instead, a dining team member will assist students with their meal prep. Each My Zone will have signage to help remind you of the new procedures for this semester as well as offerings. See below for the dining hall specific instructions on accessing the My Zone. 
 
Central Campus Dining
  • Let the team member at the Simple Servings station know you need assistance with My Zone. In the morning before Simple Servings is staffed, ask for a Chef or Sous Chef to assist you (chefs and Sous Chefs will be wearing tall white hats). 
Harris Millis Dining 
  • Let the team member at the Simple Servings station know you need assistance with My Zone. In the morning before Simple Servings is staffed, ask for a Supervisor or Chef to assist you.
Northside Dining
  • Speak with a team member behind the line, and a staff member will assist you.
Redstone Dining
  • My Zone items will all be served from the Four Station. Please speak with the team member at that station to let them know you would like a My Zone option.
 
While you can order Simple Servings and Four menu items through our new mobile food ordering app, Bite for Universities, My Zone items will not be available through the app at this time. We will have signage available at each My Zone to inform you of the pantry items and hot food options available. The hot menu is available only at lunch and dinner and takes about 15-20 minutes to prepare (place order with a sous chef).

Food is personal, and we recognize that no two customers eat the same. Each have a wide variety of dietary, flavor and cultural food preferences. We do our best to meet these expectations. That is why UVM Dining offers specialized services in addition to a wide variety of foods that cater to our customers' dietary needs and preferences. For those customers with food allergies, intolerance, or medical needs we offer programs such as: My Zone, Simple Servings, and our Mindful program. It is UVM Dining's goal to provide a safe and enjoyable dining experience for everyone.

VEGETARIAN AND VEGAN OFFERINGS

We offer a variety of vegan and vegetarian options across campus to meet the needs of our customers. In our dining halls and many retail locations, vegetarian and vegan meals are labeled. Additionally, we have dedicated plant-based stations in three of our traditional dining halls (Harris Mills Dining, Central Campus Dining and Redstone Unlimited) as well as Sprout, our dedicated vegan station in the University Marche.

RELIGIOUS ACCOMMODATIONS

We have a certified Kosher Kitchen located in Redstone Dining. It is designated as a meat/parve kitchen and is operated by Vermont Kosher LLC, under the Orthodox Rabbinical supervision of Chabad of Vermont. Hot Kosher meals are served Sunday - Thursday from 5P - 7:30P at Redstone Unlimited and cold to-go meals in Redstone Market, The Marketplace and University Marche. In addition, the University Marche and Redstone Market feature a line of Kosher grocery items, including pre-packaged frozen entrees. 

All of our dining areas provide Passover offerings for the holiday. In addition, UVM Dining, in collaboration with Hillel at UVM, provide Kosher-style catering for Shabbat dinners and their annual Seder meal. 

Murray's chicken is certified Halal and is available upon request at the traditional dining halls and catering functions. Please speak to one of our dining managers if you have questions regarding specific ingredients in a dish. Additionally, we are able to make accommodations for students fasting for religious purposes. Please contact our Registered Dietitian, Alexandra Duquette, RD, CD, if you have any questions or concerns about religious dietary accommodations.

Please feel free to contact our Registered Dietitian, Alexandra Duquette,RD, CD. It is UVM Dining's goal to provide a safe and enjoyable dining experience for everyone. 

MINDFUL

A collection of healthy and flavorful recipes with an emphasis on the use of fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins. Each Mindful meal contains:

  • 600 calories for less
  • 35% or less of total calories from fat
  • 800mg or less of sodium

Learn more about our Mindful program!

It is no fun to be sick so far from home. If you are not feeling well, check out our Influenza Resources and what you can do to keep our dining locations healthy spaces. In addition, UVM Dining coordinates with University to provide meals from students who are ill. As a student you can authorize a friend to pick up a meal using your ID and completed Sick Tray Form. Your friend must present both to one of our customer service representatives at the dining location of your choice. The transaction is for one meal up to $10 in points depending on the dining location used. One form is to be completed for each meal request.