Vanderbilt Campus Dining is committed to helping our students with their dietary needs. Whether you have food allergies, health conditions, religious restrictions, 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 the 2018-2019 academic year should contact Student Access Services (SAS) at with supporting medical documentation. Student Access Services (SAS) reviews and maintains dining related documentation and once approved by SAS, the student will be formally referred to Campus Dining’s Registered Dietitian, Meredith Williams at, to receive reasonable accommodations. Please note that it is the responsibility of the student to contact the dietitian after approval.


If seeking dining accommodations for religious reasons, please contact Title IX and Student Discrimination at (615) 343 9004.




Campus Dining makes every attempt to deliver up-to-date nutrition and allergen information. The information on our website and line cards is obtained through our vendors or by individual packaging, and is accurate to the best of our knowledge. Please be advised that manufacturers may change their formulations without our knowledge, or other factors may occur beyond our reasonable control that may also alter the formulations of the food we serve. Also all Campus Dining locations prepare food containing the top 8 food allergens. For these reasons, Campus Dining cannot guarantee any item prepared in its kitchens will be free of a certain ingredient or allergen, and thus will not assume liability for adverse reactions to food consumed. We require students and guests to carry necessary medications with them at all times when dining in one of our locations.

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.

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.

Halal: We offer special Halal meats (butchered in accordance to Halal) during dinner at Rand Dining Center and The Commons Center. These meals are signed as Halal.

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.

For further information, e-mail EAD or call 615-322-4705.

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