Special Dietary Needs Information
We recognize that many of our guests have dietary restrictions or preferences. Our scratch-based cooking systems means we have control over ingredients, allowing us to meet the needs of most special diets. We offer robust vegan, vegetarian, and made without gluten programs and have a rigorous protocol for handling various food allergens. Many allergens are labeled with one of our COR icons found at the dining locations.
Vegetarian & Vegan
One standard for our healthy cooking is that all key stations include vegetarian options at all meals. At the Fresh Food Cafe (FFC), we offer a vegan station called Root, where guests will find gourmet vegan entrees and sides to compliant their dinner.
We currently label items in the café as “made without gluten-containing ingredients” indicating that all attempts have been made to prepare these items without gluten containing ingredients. However, in our open kitchens and self-serve areas there can be possible cross contact with gluten that is beyond our control. We work hard to prevent this and find that most students can safely eat within our system. In addition, our chefs are happy to work with you individually to help prevent cross-contact that can occur in a self-serve café. Additionally, we have a made without gluten-containing ingredient area at the FFC which contain gluten-free breads, pastries, prepared meals, deli meats, condiments and other items. There is also a separate toaster oven and microwave,for guest use.
We offer several Kosher meal plan options that can be used at the The Taam Tov section of the FFC. Our Kosher program is Orthodox Union certified and offers lunch & dinner Sundays through Thursdays and lunch on Fridays. We also have Kosher retail items available for purchase at the Charles Street Market (Char Mar).
Although we do not have a Halal dining plan nor servery area, we do serve some Halal meats including most of the chicken we offer and Halal hot dogs by request at the FFC.
Peanuts and Treenuts
At both the FFC and Nolan’s, we are peanut/treenut free and do not use any nut products in our cooking. When peanuts and tree nuts are used at our locations, they are labeled and marked. In our open kitchens and self-serve areas there can be possible cross contact with nut products that is beyond our control, please note we work hard to prevent this and find that most students can safely eat within our system. Additionally, our chefs are happy to work with you individually to help prevent cross-contact that can occur in a self-serve café.
If we have seafood in a food item we will have the item in our menu name such as “chicken and shrimp stir-fry”, “cream of blue crab soup”, “parmesan crusted tilapia”. There can be hidden sources of fish on our menus such as Worcestershire used in a sauce or soup, therefore it is important that if you have an allergy to seafood or fish, you connect with the chef at the dining location(s) that you frequently dine at. Any seafood we offer meets the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch guidelines. All dishes containing seafood will be labeled with the “Seafood Watch” core icon”.
For any additional questions, please reach us at Dining@jhu.edu.