Brandeis Dining is proud to provide you with healthy and delicious options, regardless of your dietary restrictions. There are accommodations for various food allergies, intolerances, and sensitivities in our daily options in both resident dining halls and retail dining locations on campus. We want to ensure you have safe and appealing dining options in an inclusive environment. Here we provide a brief summary of our program for the increasing number of students arriving on campus each semester with food allergies, celiac disease, or other dietary needs.
A team approach led by you is the best preparation for a safe school year. Please reach out to notify us of your allergies and keep us updated through-out your time at Brandeis. If we do not hear from you, we believe that you are successfully navigating the dining locations.
Sesame Allergen Labeling
As part of our food allergy program, we label for major food allergens on our printed menu signs and online menus. We will label an item as containing sesame when the food manufacturer has chosen to disclose it as an ingredient in a product. Currently, manufacturers are not obligated to disclose sesame as an ingredient until January 2023.
- 2017 AllerTrain™ Best Food Allergy Innovation for Universities
- 2013 Food Management’s Best Wellness Concept Winner
Medical/Disability Dietary Accommodation Requests
While Brandeis Dining strives to meet the medical/disability dietary needs of all students, those who need more than the standard provided by Brandeis Dining outlined above are encouraged to engage in the University’s process to request a medical/disability dietary accommodation via Student Accessibility Support.
Our station menus and online menus for the Dining Halls also include key nutritional information. Look for the Mindful, Vegetarian and Vegan icons to also easily identify recipes that focus on wellness and other dietary preferences.
The Bite App is also a valuable tool for viewing daily menus and assessing important nutritional information. Use the app to open a day's recipe to view ingredients and nutrients or customize the menu to your dietary preferences by filtering out specific allergens.
Menu items with the vegetarian icon contain no meat, fish or poultry, or any meat products such as soup base. Our vegetarian offerings meet the needs of lacto-ovo vegetarians and may include eggs and/or dairy products.
Vegetarian recipes are served in both Lower Usdan and Sherman Dining Halls daily at the designated vegan station.
Vegan offerings contain no meat, fish, eggs, milk or other animal-derived products such as honey.
Vegan recipes are served daily in both Lower Usdan and Sherman Dining Halls at the designated vegan station. We are proud to serve recipes at this station from the U.S. Humane Society Forward Food Culinary Program.
Our on-campus Kutz Bakeshop also produces vegan desserts on a daily basis.
In 2019, Brandeis Dining Services received an A on the PETA Vegan Report Card.
Mindful offerings support recommendations from the Dietary Guidelines for Americans without sacrificing delicious flavors and fulfilling portions. Chefs in our test kitchen develop recipes to meet these criteria in tasty fashion! Look for the Mindful icon to indulge in the healthy and delicious items offered at each meal.
Meet the Dietitians
Our dietitians, Nolan Reese and Nicole Caliendo, are a resource on topics such as:
- Learn about options available for food allergies, celiac disease, or other special dietary needs
- Plant-Based Advocate: Share your input and insights with Nolan
- Individual and group guided tours of the dining halls with recommendations for healthy eating
- Nutrition and wellness programming
Read our monthly Nutrition Newsletter, written by our Registered Dietitian and Nutritionists from around New England. The March edition of this newsletter can be found HERE.