Nutrition and Wellness

We are passionate about food and we believe in wholesome, nutritious ingredients. That is why we are committed to using items that are healthier for both our bodies and the planet.

How We Do This

  • Featuring seasonal and regionally available ingredients in our menus.
  • Sourcing from on-site gardens, local farmers and small producers, and participating in year-round community supported agriculture (CSA) programs.
  • Serving sensible portions of animal proteins.
  • Offering a variety of vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options.
  • Purchasing sustainable seafood that follows the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch program recommendations.
  • Minimizing the use of MSG or products that contain MSG.
  • Sourcing non-growth hormone-added local milk as well as offering soy and almond milk.
  • Offering a variety of whole grain breads, pastas, rice and cereals.
  • Using trans-fat free oils-including non-GMO soy oils that are produced in a “green” facility.
  • Offering USDA Organic, Shade Grown, Fair Trade and Rainforest Alliance coffees and teas.
  • Accommodating nutritional and dietary requests.

Food Allergies and Special Diets

We ask that you contact the food service director Estelle Bean, to discuss any special dietary needs. We will do our best to meet your needs if you have a food allergy, but we do ask that you be your own advocate.  

Food Allergy Icons:

CONTAINS WHEAT     CONTAINS SOY       CONTAINS DAIRY

WHEAT   SOY ALLERGY ICON   MILK ALLERGEN

CONTAINS EGGS     CONTAINS PEANUTS   CONTAINS TREE NUTS

EGG ALLERGY   PEANUT ICON   TREE NUT

CONTAINS FISH      CONTAINS SHELLFISH    VEGETARIAN

ALLERGY ICON   SHELLFISH VEGETARIAN

                                              VEGAN

                                       VEGAN

 

If you have allergies:

1. Pay attention to entrée names

Dishes made with common allergens often have the allergen mentioned in the entrée name.

2. Get to know the Chefs

Simple conversations with a chef in your daily visit to the dining halls can make your dining experience a lot easier. A chef can go over ingredients used in recipes and explain how the meal was prepared.

3. Read Labels

Our chefs and managers will be happy to tour the kitchen with you, so you can view labels of the foods you’ll be eating.

4. When in doubt...

If there is ever a question about an item, we recommend you avoid eating it.