Vanderbilt Campus Dining is committed to helping our students with their dietary needs. Whether you have food allergies, health conditions, religious restrictions (including Kosher), or simply need guidance or assistance with your food selections, we can provide the resources to assist you. We have numerous resources to assist our student customers in selecting foods that fit their diet. Our dedicated certified chefs and staff dietitian are here to serve. We make every effort to accommodate our students.
Vanderbilt University is a residential campus, and part of the residential experience is the participation in VU Meal Plans. This commitment to residential meal plans is clearly expressed in the University’s residential requirement and no one is exempt from the meal plan.
Vanderbilt Campus Dining is committed to offering students dietary choices that fit their needs. Vanderbilt Campus Dining offers a wide variety of culinary choices; however, we realize that food allergies are a serious matter.
Students seeking dietary assistance in 2016-2017 academic year should contact EAD (Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action, and Disability Services Department) with supporting medical documentation (forms obtained from firstname.lastname@example.org). It is important that the information given be as complete as possible. Students should explain their special needs in detail and explain what is required in the way dining to meet their special needs. Phone number for EAD 615-322-4705.
If you have allergies to milk, eggs, peanuts, fish, shellfish, soy, wheat, tree nuts, dairy, gluten, or have been diagnosed with such conditions as celiac, lactose intolerance, diabetes, etc., we are equipped to help. Email EAD, and they will contact you.
Items that may be prepared gluten free are identified on our Menus page.
We make every effort to prepare the GF foods gluten free, but we cannot guarantee that they have not been cross contaminated during serving. To ensure a gluten-free dish please contact a manager or managing chef.
We offer a variety of meats, fish and poultry daily that can be specially prepared with no added ingredients. Nearly all of our proteins and vegetables can be prepared gluten-free, so please ask. Remember, if you don’t see something, or you don’t think you can find something to eat, find a supervisor or manager and they will be happy to help you.
Anyone seeking dietary accommodations for medical, disability, or religious reasons should contact EAD.
Ramadan: Vanderbilt Campus Dining programmatically alters students’ VU Meal Plans for Ramadan. Students exchange one meal per day during Ramadan for a Flex Meal to be used by the end of the fall semester. This arrangement is non-refundable and at no additional cost to the student.
Kosher: Vanderbilt University, with its diverse and growing student population, has come to need supplements to its traditional dining halls by adding the availability of kosher food for its Jewish students on-campus. The most visible of these additions is the Grins (pronounced “greens”) Vegetarian Cafe located in the Ben Schulman Center for Jewish Life. Grins is run under the supervision of the local orthodox rabbi, Rabbi Saul Strosberg. Due to its popularity, it is hard to believe that it is the only strictly kosher restaurant in Nashville.
Among other kosher choices is the Hillel Friday Night Shabbat Dinners. This weekly event attracts over a hundred Jewish students for a strictly traditional Kosher Sabbath meal. As an orthodox Jewish student, it is hard to find a strictly kosher meat meal, and for many this is their only meat option they have throughout the week. Students can use their VU Meal Plan to cover the cost of the meal which is subsidized by the Hillel.
Other kosher options that are provided by Hillel are meals during the High Holidays, Bagel Brunches, food during events, and specifically, Kosher for Passover meals, when there are even more restrictions on the observant Jewish student’s diet.
Kosher Items: Vanderbilt Campus Dining has partnered with a local rabbi to identify appropriate items to offer in our Markets and as part of our VU Meal Plans. The rabbi consults with us on packaged and frozen kosher items as we do not have the facilities to prepare kosher food items. Kosher packaged entrees are available at Branscomb Market and Common Grounds. These items include entrees, snacks, sweets, crackers, cookies, and beverages.
High Holiday meals are provided by Hillel at the Ben Schulman Center and are supported by Vanderbilt Campus Dining.