Special Dietary Needs
Dining Services wants to provide our guests with nutritious food and an excellent dining experience. We take food allergies and dietary restrictions seriously. Please contact Dining Services' Registered Dietitian, Alice Ma, at 509-335-4785 or at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have concerns about accommodating for food allergies or dietary restrictions, or have special dietary needs other than the ones mentioned below.
If you have questions regarding ingredients in a specific menu item while in the dining centers, please contact the chef or manager on duty. The chef, manager, or dietitian will provide you with the ingredient information for a specific menu item.
If you are having an allergic reaction, seek medical help immediately.
Dining Services labels all of the top eight most common allergens. This messaging is on signage in all the Dining Centers, or on our online menu and NetNutrition. Our Natural station at each dining center is a designated allergen-friendly, gluten-friendly zone where all dishes are free of the top eight allergens and prepared separately to minimize the risk of cross contact.
Gluten-Friendly and Gluten-Free Options
We are always happy to accommodate customers with gluten allergies, gluten intolerance, or celiac disease. The Natural Station at each dining center offers a variety of gluten-free meal options that are prepared separately from other dishes, minimizing the risk for cross contact with trace amounts of gluten. Each dining center also houses a Gluten-Free Zone with individually wrapped gluten-free breads, bagels, muffins, and desserts, along with a separate toaster reserved strictly for gluten-free products. Our staff can also prepare burgers and sandwiches using gluten-free products on request.
We continue to strive to increase our number of Halal proteins. Southside currently sources Halal-certified beef and chicken for our Natural station, and has a Halal beef bacon as part of our breakfast rotation. We label items that do not contain alcohol, pork, or a non-Halal protein with a Halal icon to make it easier for our customers to find Halal options.
Vegetarian and Vegan Options
We are proud to offer a variety of plant-based options to meet the needs of flexitarians, vegetarian, vegans, or anyone else who just wants to eat a little less meat! Plant-based cuisine is much more than vegetables from the salad bar. With a little creativity and some help from tofu, beans and legumes, non-dairy milks, seeds, nuts, and products from Gardein, Just, and Daiya, we are proud to offer everything from healthy tofu scrambles to indulgent deep-fried cauliflower wings and vegan chocolate brownies. All of our bakery's cobblers and fruit crisps are vegan-friendly. All four types of cookies served in the three Dining Centers are vegan. In 2018, we were recognized with an “A” rating on peta2’s vegan report card for “going above and beyond to provide all students with exceptional vegan food.”
Customize Your Dish
With several platforms that offer customers the chance to build their own dish, Dining Centers can now provide a variety of options that are vegetarian, vegan, gluten-friendly, or allergen-friendly. Check out our rotating vegan and gluten-friendly soup bases at the Hot Spot and Southside, build your own pizza at Presto at Northside using our gluten-free crust and/or Daiya cheese, or build your own grain bowl at Hillside using our selection of gluten-free ingredients and/or plant-based protein option.