Food Allergies

We take pride in serving you wholesome ingredients, preparing recipes accurately and providing nutritional analysis and ingredient statements through our online menus and nutrition calculator. From our general manager to our front line servers, we work carefully to address food allergies, celiac diets, or other special dietary needs. We are happy to meet with anyone who has individual allergen concerns for a tour of the dining hall and our offerings, to ensure that your dining experience is safe and delicious. If you have a food allergy/special diet concern, please call or send us a note using the feedback form.

Simple Servings

Simple Servings is our allergen-safe, dining option for our customers with food allergies or gluten intolerance. Stations in Sherman and Lower Usdan both offer food free from peanuts, tree nuts, shellfish, wheat, soy, milk products, eggs, and gluten-containing ingredients. Simple Servings staff members are carefully trained to avoid cross-contact with food allergens.

My Zone

My Zone is our campus “pantry” where food items needed by students with Celiac disease or nut allergies are stored and prepared with precautions against cross-contact. The areas in Sherman and Lower Usdan are free of tree nut, peanut and gluten-containing ingredients and products. Staples in this space include dedicated microwaves and toasters, separate condiments, and gluten free breads, cereals, and desserts.


The Bite App is 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.

Meet the Dietitian

Karen Jew, RD, LD is as a resource on topics such as: Food allergies, celiac disease, or other special dietary needs Vegan and vegetarian nutrition Dining kosher with a food allergy Recommendations for healthy eating She has a passion for empowering people of all ages to reach their healthiest potential through food and nutrition. She works with the Brandeis community to encourage healthy lifestyles and help individuals become more comfortable in their dining environment. Come meet Karen at one of her regular special events in the Dining Halls, or contact her at:

View the latest Dietitian Nutrition Newsletter HERE

Eating Healthy

Providing you with healthy options is something your dining team proudly does every day. We help you select delicious, nutritious 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.


Locate a healthier choice! All Mindful offerings meet nutritional criteria supported by the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. The Mindful philosophy promotes healthy and nutritional recipes without having to sacrifice portion or flavor. Locate a Mindful item on the menu by looking for the green apple icon.

Vegetarian-35x35.pngMenu 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.

Vegan-35x35.pngVegan offerings contain no meat, fish, eggs, milk or other animal-derived products such as honey.