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Dining + Catering

Phone Numbers
For dining services calls: 401 454-6360
For catering inquiry calls: 401 709-8500

At RISD Dining + Catering we pride ourselves on providing quality, delicious and artfully prepared food. Our team of professionals strives to exceed your expectations and awaken your senses. It is what sets us apart!

RISD Dining + Catering also has an environmental conscience. We share a deep concern with the public for the stewardship of our natural resources—and do our part by promoting recycling and energy efficiency and purchasing local products.

Dining Services Mailing Address: 2 College Street, Providence, RI 02903

Staff

Virginia (Ginnie) Dunleavy
Executive Director of Auxiliary Services
401 427-6978
vdunleav@risd.edu

David Gould
Executive Chef, RISD Dining + RISD Caters
401 709-8505
dgould@risd.edu

William Andreozzi
Associate Director of Business Management
401 454-6361
wandreoz@risd.edu

Linda Gustafson
Catering Manager
401 277-4896
lgustafs@risd.edu

Andrea Fumia
Assistant Catering Manager
401 454-6229
afumia@risd.edu

Anne Colasanto
Events Manager
401-454-6369
acolasan@risd.edu

Eddie Crowe
General Manager, The Met
401 277-4806
ecrowe@risd.edu

Sean DeBobes
Manager, Portfolio Cafe
401 427-6917
sdebobes@risd.edu

Stephanie Kirwan
Bakery Supervisor
401 454-6781
skirwan@risd.edu

Tim McFate
Chef/Manager, Cafés
401 454-6568
tmcfate@risd.edu

Todd Torres
Assistant Manager, Cafés
401 536-4749
ttorres@risd.edu

Isabel Ferreira
Dining Account Manager
401 454-6642
iferreir@risd.edu

Dining

RISD Dining offers a variety of dining settings for you to choose from. The Met is a social hub on campus with a variety of food offerings, late-night options and community meeting spaces. For eclectic menu choices Portfolio Café, centrally located at 15 West, is a great place to connect with friends. Whether you prefer a nutritious salad at the intimate Watermark Café or a gourmet sandwich at the Jolly Roger Deli, our dining areas are clean, comfortable and welcoming.

Catering

RISD Caters is a full-service catering and event coordination division. Whether you need a small cheese board for a gallery opening, a casual lunch for a meeting or a wedding for 200 people--our team can lend its expertise to assure that your function is flawless from beginning to end. We offer a seasonally-inspired menu for your convenience, and we are happy to work with you to create custom proposals that turn your style, your palate and your vision into a reality. Our menu provides details on all of our offerings and orders can be placed online. If you have any questions or need assistance in your planning, please call our catering team at 401 709-8500.

Dining Plans: 2018-2019

Foundation Plan

  • The Foundation Plan provides unlimited meal swipes to The Met, RISD’s “All-You-Care-To-Eat” facility.
  • Students may choose to use one meal swipe* per day at Portfolio Café, Watermark Café or Jolly Roger Deli, or may purchase items using their dining points**.
  • Students receive a total of $500 dining points per year. The point’s rollover from semester-to-semester, but not year to year. They are applied at $250 increments at the start of each semester.
  • Students receive three guest meals per semester.
  • Students receive two exchangeable to-go (OZZI) containers per semester.
  • Students receive one complimentary celebration cake for birthdays or other celebrations per year!

Note: All first-year students must be on this plan.

Residential Plan

  • Students receive two meal swipes per day, which can be used to access The Met, RISD’s “All-You-Care-To-Eat” facility, or to purchase a meal at Portfolio Café, Watermark Café or Jolly Roger Deli.
  • Meals do not rollover day-to-day.
  • Students receive $1500 dining points per year (approximately $45 per week.) The point’s rollover from semester-to-semester, but not year to year. They are applied at $750 increments at the start of each semester.
  • Students receive three guest meals per semester.
  • Students receive two exchangeable to-go (OZZI) containers per semester
  • Students receive one complimentary celebration cake for birthdays or other celebrations per year!

Flex 7-60 Plan

  • The Flex 7-60 Plan provides 120 meal swipes per semester, which can be used to access The Met, Portfolio Café, Watermark Café or Jolly Roger Deli.
  • Meals will not roll over semester to semester.
  • Students receive $2,000 dining points per year (approximately $60 per week). The point’s rollover from semester-to-semester, but not year to year. They are applied at $1,000 increments at the start of each semester.
  • Students receive three guest meals per semester.
  • Students receive two exchangeable to-go (OZZI) containers per semester.

Flex 5-40 Plan

  • The Flex 5-40 Plan provides 90 meal swipes per semester, which can be used to access The Met, Portfolio Café, Watermark Café or Jolly Roger Deli.
  • Meals will not roll over semester to semester.
  • Students on the Flex 5-40 Plan also get a total of $1,400 dining points per year (approximately $40 per week). The point’s rollover from semester-to-semester, but not year to year. They are applied at $700 increments at the start of each semester.
  • Students receive three guest meals per semester.
  • Students receive two exchangeable to-go (OZZI) containers per semester.

Connect 3-25 Plan

  • The Connect 3-25 Plan is designed for graduate, upper-class (senior and fifth-year) and commuter students who want to stay connected to RISD and takes advantage of RISD Dining at discounted rates.
  • The Connect 3-25 Plan provides 50 meal swipes (this averages three meal swipes per week), which can be used to access The Met, Portfolio Café, Watermark Café or Jolly Roger Deli.
  • Students on the Connect 3-25 Plan also get a total of $850 dining points per year (approximately $25 per week). The point’s rollover from semester-to-semester, but not year to year. They are applied at $425 increments at the start of each semester.
  • Students receive three guest meals per semester.
  • Students receive two exchangeable to-go (OZZI) containers per semester.

Note: This plan is available to off-campus residents, fifth-year, senior and graduate students living in Apartment Experience housing. Sophomores, juniors and anyone living in Essential RISD or Suite Experience housing are not eligible for the Connect 3-25 Plan.

* Meal Swipes: entree with accompanying sides and a beverage. Please note that meal swipes do not carry-over from semester to semester. Meal swipes accepted at The Met, Portfolio Café, Watermark Café and Jolly Roger Deli.

** Dining Points: for purchasing food and beverage a la carte, 1 point = $1.00. Please note that points do carry-over from semester to semester, but not year to year. Points accepted at The Met, Portfolio Café, Watermark Café, Jolly Roger Deli and Carr Haus Café.

Dining: Room And Board Package Details


  • All first year students living in Essential Experience must be on the Foundation Plan.
  • Upper class and transfer students living in an Essential Experience room or Alcove Suite may choose between Foundation and Residential Meal Plans.
  • Students living in cooperative and independent apartments may change their meal plan to the Foundation of Residential Plan for an additional $610 per semester, or opt for the Flex 5-40 Plan and receive a $590 credit per semester.

Note: Meals do not roll over semester to semester. For Flex plans and the Connect 3-25 plan, meals are given in a lump sum at the beginning of each semester.

Off-Campus Meal Plan Options

Students living off campus are eligible for any of the available meal plans: Foundation, Residential, Flex 7-60, Flex 5-40, or Connect 3-25. See details below:

meal plan Connect 3-25 Flex 5-40 Flex 7-60 Residential Foundation
price per year $1,880 $3,200 $4,380 $5,600 $5,600
price per semester $940 $1,600 $2,190 $2,800 $2,800

Dining: How to Add, Change or Cancel a Plan


  • First-year students are unable to alter their meal plans.
  • Upper-class students are automatically contracted and billed for the meal plan they had the previous year. For spring semester, students are automatically re-enrolled in the same meal plan they purchased for the fall semester.
  • Student returning after semester away or starting mid-year, choose their meal plan on the Star Rez student Portal.
  • Eligible students interested in adding or changing meal plans should fill out this meal plan add/change request form .
  • Meal plan contracts are for the full academic year. Omission of meal plan contract fees from tuition payments to the Business Office does not constitute cancellation of a meal plan contract.
  • After the meal plan change period, please direct any questions to Dining Services Department at Dining@risd.edu or call 401-454-6642.

Full-time students who withdraw from RISD are refunded a percentage of their chosen dining plan based on days activated, as follows:

Per Billing Period- based on meal plan activation date Portion Charged
Before Start (before start or equal to 0 days) 0%
First Week (1-7 days) 5%
Second Week (8-14 days) 20%
Third Week (15-21 days) 40%
Fourth Week (22-28 days) 60%
Fifth Week (29-36 days) 80%
Thereafter (37 days or greater) 100%

Note:

  • Meal plan contracts are billed twice during the academic year. First semester meal plan values begin on September 2nd, 2018. Second semester meal plan values begin on the third Wednesday in January, 2019.
  • Contracts are in effect for the full academic year and cannot be cancelled.
  • Meals do not roll over from semester to semester. Any remaining fall semester dining points will roll over to the spring semester meal plan.
  • Fall semester end date for meal plan change period is September 14th, 2018.
  • Spring semester end date for meal plan change period is February 22nd, 2019.
  • Meal plan participants must abide by the same rules of conduct outlined in the Residential Life Handbook and any violation may result in a non-refundable termination of the plan or in other disciplinary action.
  • Any questions please contact Dining Services Department at Dining@risd.edu or call 401-454-6642.


​Dining: ID Cards and the risdbucks Programs

Meal plans are not transferable and all students are required to present their ID cards for service. Any violation may result in termination of the plan or other disciplinary action.

risdbucks is an optional prepaid debit account developed to be a convenient and safe way for students to make purchases of products and services both on and off campus (wherever you see the risdbucks logo). Cash and credit cards (Mastercard/Visa/Discover) are also accepted at all locations.

Dining: Emotional Support, Therapy, and Service Animal Policy

As stated by law, only service animals (dogs or miniature horses) are allowed in dining facilities on campus.

Students may not bring support or therapy animals into venues and will be asked to remove the animal if present.

Please reference the Service and Emotional Support Animal policy.

Dining: Services Guidelines


  1. All RISD rules, policies and procedures apply within all of the RISD Dining facilities.
  2. Meal plan contracts are billed twice a year. Cancellations are possible only in the first two weeks of school.
  3. RISD ID cards must be presented when making a meal plan purchase. ID cards presented by someone other than the person pictured will be confiscated.
  4. Meal plans and points are non-transferable; students wishing to “treat a guest” must be present and use a guest meal, which are available on all meal plans, or may pay for their guest with Dining points.
  5. Meal plans and points may not be used to pay for fines, outstanding balances with student accounts, equipment, art supplies or anything outside the standard offerings of the dining facilities.
  6. Meals and points may not be transferred or donated to any individual or organization unless otherwise stated by Dining Services. One guest meal per semester maybe donated through the Swipe It Forward program.
  7. The removal of any dining hall property from any of the dining halls, which include but are not limited to plates, cups, forks, knives, is prohibited from any of the dining facilities.
  8. Food and beverage removed beyond the cashier stand without payment is considered theft. If a student is purchasing a meal to-go they should put food products in an OZZI to-go green box and drinks in an OZZI to-go green cup. Students will work with the Student Conduct office with theft charges.
  9. Only RISD recognized groups are allowed to distribute written materials or make presentations in the dining areas, with permission from the Associate Director of Dining Services (See posting policy for specific regulations Section III D).
  10. Non-employees are not permitted in kitchen and food preparation areas, unless under the supervision of a Dining employee.

Dining: Employment

RISD Dining operates five on-campus eateries and a full-service catering company. Flexible scheduling makes RISD Dining an ideal part-time position for students and other busy people. Teamwork, diversity and creativity make RISD Dining a rewarding experience for everyone. Do you possess a strong work ethic and commitment to growth, integrity and thoughtfulness? If so, RISD Dining is looking for you!

Student Employment Jobs
RISD Dining is always on the lookout for student help for the various venues on campus. At the beginning of the year, there are usually positions available at every facility on campus. Eligible students should email the managers at these venues and submit their resume or schedule an interview.

Job opportunities are posted on the work study job website. Contact information for supervisors is listed with each job. Preference will be given to Federal or RISD work study students. Student Employment and the Student Employment Handbook 2018-19 can provide additional information about work eligibility.

Dining: Our Standards

Kitchen Principles
The following principles influence both our standards and our purchasing choices:

RISD Dining is an ingredient-guided, self-operated dining program that prides itself on striving to give each guest an exceptional experience. We support local food interests and provide mentoring to those who wish to reflect our goals of preserving natural resources, supporting community businesses and endeavoring to maintain stewardship of the Earth and all it provides for future generations.

Culinary Standards

  1. Menus are created with seasonally inspired foods which are authentic, simple and delicious.
  2. Foods from local sources (farms, dairies, bakeries, etc.) are given strong consideration.
  3. We are committed to the use of sustainable and locally sourced/produced products.
  4. Work to follow NOAA Fish Watch guidelines for choosing sustainably harvested seafood or appropriate alternatives.
  5. House-made foods will be served regularly at all venues.
  6. When possible we avoid high-fructose corn syrup, trans fat and MSG in purchased products, and completely avoid them during in-house preparation.
  7. We are committed to using various ethnic styles for preparing meals.
  8. We serve “naturally” raised and 100% Angus all-beef burgers.
  9. We will continue the process of eliminating meats treated with growth hormones and antibiotics, and all chicken served is “natural” and antibiotic free.
  10. We are committed to high quality, flavorful, vegan and vegetarian options.
  11. Allergens such as gluten, lactose, soy, and fish will be identified by signage in our dining units.
  12. The use or sale of nuts or nut products is prohibited in The Met and Portfolio Café.
  13. We will prepare all foods as close to consumption as operationally possible with a preference for just-in-time cooking.
  14. When possible, desserts are prepared in-house from scratch.
  15. Preference will be given to serving complex carbohydrates, as suits the menu choices.


You Are What You Eat...
Ingredients:

  • Naturally raised (ground) beef: no antibiotics, no growth hormone, sustainably raised
  • All natural chicken: no antibiotics, cage free, vegetarian diet
  • Roast and deli turkey: cooperatively raised with exceptional sustainable practices for plant production; Michigan Turkey
  • Canned beans: natural and low sodium; Furmano’s - all types
  • All natural canned tomatoes: minimally processed; Stanislaus
  • Vegan pasta and many filled pastas; Carla’s (Connecticut) and Joseph’s (Massachusetts)
  • Organic tofu: house brand tofu
  • New sugar for vegan desserts: naturally filtered
  • Fryer oil: expeller pressed canola - NO trans fats, RISD Dining uses soy oil for cooking.

•Local Products:

  • Blossom Trail Orchards, Smithfield RI: fresh sliced apples for desserts
  • Jaswell Farms, Smithfield RI: fresh apple cider, honey, apples, seasonal vegetables
  • Barden Orchards, Smithfield RI: local fruit and seasonal vegetables
  • Hill Orchard, Smithfield RI: local fruit and seasonal vegetables
  • Schartner Farm Exeter, RI
  • Our Kids Farm, Exeter, RI
  • Four Town Farm, Seekonk, MA

Beverage Program:

  • Coffee: Sun Roasters (Connecticut). All coffee is Fair Trade and we support the Rainforest Alliance (higher equitability than Fair Trade)
  • Local soda company: Maine Root Some local production/some naturally sweetened (cane sugar) sodas/naturally flavored waters
  • Rhody Fresh, local milk co-op (no BGH)
  • Silk, organic and sustainable soy milk

Locally Grown:

    • Blossom Trail Orchards, Smithfield RI: fresh sliced apples for desserts
    • Jaswell Farms, Smithfield RI: fresh apple cider, honey, apples, seasonal vegetables
    • Barden Orchards, Smithfield RI: local fruit and seasonal vegetables
    • Hill Orchard, Smithfield RI: local fruit and seasonal vegetables
    • Schartner Farm Exeter, RI
    • Our Kids Farm, Exeter, RI
    • Four Town Farm, Seekonk, MA

Other Locally Manufactured Products:

  • Old Neighborhood deli meats, MA.
  • Iggy’s Bread, MA
  • Calise Bakery, Lincoln RI: local baker of breads and rolls
  • La Salle Bakery, RI


Dining: Pantry2U

Food Shopping made simple at 15 West!

Order pantry items and pay with Points through the Get app on-line:

  • Login to your risdbucks account.
  • Click Order tab at the top
  • Click Pantry 2 U under the “What’s Hot on Campus” list of merchants.
  • Set your 15 West room as the delivery location.
  • Pick date & time for delivery.
  • Select items & quantities to add to your cart.
  • Checkout to submit your order.

Within one day, Dining Services will hand pack your order and make one delivery attempt to your room in 15 West. If you are unable to receive upon delivery, a notice will be left at your door with instructions to pick up your order in the Portfolio Café from 9:00 am to 8:00 pm daily. Simply ask the Portfolio cashier to retrieve your order. To pick up your order, you will need to show your RISD ID as proof of identification.


Dining: Special Diets

If you have food allergies or intolerances please register your information with Health Services. RISD Dining can work on special menus for you after Health Services confirms your condition.

RISD Dining can also work with you if you require a special diet in accordance with religious practices (i.e. Kosher or Halal).

Contact Maureen Young, Marketing & Menu Management Associate 401-709-8508 about individual needs.

Most dining venues provide vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options daily and The Met and Portfolio Café are nut-free for production and service.

Dining: Venue Hours

School Year Regular Hours

Dining Venue Days Hours
The Met

Met Late Night
Mon - Fri
Sat - Sun
Sun - Thurs
7 am - 9 pm
8 am - 9 pm
9 pm -12 am
Portfolio Cafe

Portfolio Late Night
Mon - Fri
Sat
Sun - Thurs
7 am - 9 pm
8 am - 9 pm
9 pm - 11 pm
Jolly Roger Deli
Mon - Fri
Sat - Sun
Holidays
11 am - 5 pm
Closed
Closed
Watermark Cafe
Mon - Fri
Sat - Sun
Holidays
9 am - 5 pm
Closed
Closed
Carr Haus Cafe
Mon - Thurs
Fri
Sat
Sun
8:30 am - Midnight
8:30 am - 5 pm
Noon - 5 pm
Closed

Dining: Special Events

Fall 2018

Event Date Time Venue
Constitution Day September 17 Noon-2 pm The Met
Talk Like a Pirate Day September 19 11 am- 5 pm Jolly Roger Deli
National Taco Day October 4 5-9 pm Portfolio Cafe
LGBTQ Month October 1-31 all day The Met & Portfolio Cafe
Coming Out Day October 11 all day The Met
Mid Semester Treat October 17 noon-2 pm The Met
Halloween October 31 all day all venues
National Sandwich Day November 3 11 am- 5 pm Jolly Roger Deli
National Doughnut Day November 5 7 am- 9:30 am Portfolio Cafe
National Cappuccino Day November 8 9 am- 5 pm Watermark Cafe
Met-Giving November 15 5-9 pm The Met
National French Toast Day November 28 7 am- 9:30am Portfolio Cafe
National Cookie Day December 4 5 pm-Midnight
The Met
Midnight Breakfast December 9 9 pm- Midnight The Met