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Dining + Catering

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

RISD Dining + Catering is adhering to all CDC guidelines and taking all precautions to keep our students, customers and staff safe.

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

Sean DeBobes
Associate Director of Dining Services
401 427-6917
sdebobes@risd.edu

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

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

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

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

Isabel Ferreira
Dining Account Manager (Meal Plans)
401 454-6642
iferreir@risd.edu

Maureen Young
Food Allergies + Special Diets
401-709-8508
myoung01@risd.edu

Dining

RISD Dining offers a variety of dining options for you to choose from. The Met offers a variety of menu stations with expanded out door seating, grab and go meals. Portfolio Café, centrally located at 15 West, features three Grub Hub menu concepts for online ordering with meal pick-up at the Portfolio. Our new Co-Op market will also be available via Grub Hub and provides fresh produce, basic grocery items and MYO (make your own) food kits. Co-Op purchases have designated pick-up areas located at The Met, Portfolio Café and at Charles Landing. Vending has been expanded to include additional fresh offerings available at The Met, 15 West lobby and at the 20 Washington Place lobby. All housing areas have traditional snack and beverage machines.

Dining: COVID-19

Dining Information for Students

Printable Dining Info Sheet

To ensure the safety and well-being of all students, as well as dining staff, the following protocols will be implemented in our dining facilities to maintain social distancing, provide timely service and observe strict occupancy guidelines:

  • Cloth face coverings and social distancing are required in all dining establishments
  • No in-person dining is currently available
  • The Met and Portfolio will be closed between meal periods for cleaning
  • All dining locations are closed to the public for fall opening.
  • Social distance demarcation will be in place to remind customers to maintain social distancing.

Reserve your spot

  • Using the QLess app (for download or accessible through the MyRISD app), reserve your spot in line at the Met. The app will send a notification when you can enter.
  • All food will be served or prepackaged
  • Outdoor seating has been expanded and indoor socially distant seating only available at dinner and on weekends.
  • Breakfast for the next day can be taken at dinner the previous night

Order for pick-up

  • Grubhub (accessible through the MyRISD app), provides a contactless ordering platform which will feature three concepts to start the year. All will be picked up in the Portfolio.
  • Dining’s new Co-Op Market will be available via Grubhub it will feature retail items, fresh produce, basic groceries items and MYO (Make Your Own) food kits. Designated pick up areas will be located in the Met, Portfolio and in Charles Landing.

Grab a snack

  • Expanded vending machines, including fresh offerings, are available at
    • Upper Met
    • 15 West Lobby
    • Prov Wash lobby

Make your own in Residence Hall shared kitchens

  • One student at a time, first come first served.
  • Students should clearly label any personal items stored in communal kitchens. Note that all rooms will have a micro fridge available for students to store food.
  • Items that must be shared, such as microwaves or dishwashers, must be disinfected before and after each use.
  • Dining tables and chairs will not be provided in kitchens.
  • Students should not congregate or host gatherings in the kitchen spaces.

See our FAQs for more info

Meal Plans

The Campus Meal Plan (formally Foundation Meal Plan) is now based on three meals per day as opposed to unlimited access to the Met. Learn more about details associated with plans.

Catering

Due to COVID-19 service restrictions, Catering will be operating on a limited basis throughout the Fall 2020 semester. We hope to expand operations in the Spring 2021 and look forward to working with you for upcoming events.

Dining: FAQs fall 2020

Have there been any changes to meal plans or requirements to have a meal plan?

The Campus meal plan (formally foundation meal plan) is now based on three meals per day as opposed to unlimited access to the Met. New this year is the Meal Equivalency, which is a $9.75 credit used when purchasing a meal via our Grubhub cafe. Details associated with plans can be found here.

What is a meal equivalency?

If you choose to purchase a meal through one of our Grubhub café offerings you are trading one meal swipe for $9.75 worth of credit towards the items you have chosen. If your purchase exceeds $9.75 you can use dining points, risdbucks or a credit card to offset the difference. You can use one meal equivalency per day.

What precautions have been taken to ensure a safe dining experience?

The Met - Due to approved occupancy changes the amount of people entering the Met will need to be limited at any one given point and time. To do this we are using QLess which is an app that allows you to enter a virtual queue. It will provide an approximate wait time and will send a notice when you can enter the Met. Many areas on campus will be using this app, and training will be provided during the quarantine period. Line up will happen in Met room B and into the Mezzanine area. When you are in the Met, you will have a variety of options at multiple stations. The big change being that all food will be served or prepackaged (think smoothies & salad). You will exit on the main level. Currently, there is no indoor seating available; outdoor seating has been expanded and all items are in to go containers for easy transport to your dining destination. There will no longer be retail items available in the Met. At dinner you may opt to take a continental breakfast for the next day if you are not an early riser.

Contactless Payment with GET App - This year, to facilitate contactless meal payment in RISD Dining, we will be using a new feature in the GET app - digital RISD ID cards. Once set up, you will use your digital ID to scan for your meal swipes. Download the GET app in the Apple + Android app stores and follow these instructions for set up, access and use.

Grub Hub on campus will feature three concepts to start the year. All will be picked up in the Portfolio. Portfolio, which will feature breakfast, and grilled items, PIT featuring salads at lunch and vegetarian dinner entrees and Rosie’s that will have burritos at lunch and pasta at dinner. This is a 100% contact-less ordering system. You will be given a notification when you order is ready for pick up. Two other concepts will be rolled out later in the semester.

Our smaller dining cafes will be closed at the start of the fall semester. We will evaluate as the Department of Health protocols are updated.

Co-Op market - For many of your favorite retail items that were previously in the Met and Portfolio, fresh produce, basic grocery items and MYO (make your own) food kits, our new Co-Op market will be available through Grub Hub. Designated pick up areas will be located in the Met, Portfolio and in Charles Landing.

Vending - has been expanded to include additional fresh offerings at the upper Met, 15 West Lobby and 20 Washington Place lobby. Traditional snack and beverage machines will be found in housing areas.

Closures between meal periods - The Met and Portfolio Café will close between meal periods to thoroughly disinfect high touch areas. High touch areas will be cleaned continuously throughout service periods as well.

Social Distancing - Social distance demarcation will be in place to remind customers to maintain social distancing.

Masks are required in all dining establishments.

Note for the public - All dining locations are closed to the public for fall opening.

Can I eat with others?

A number of outdoor spaces socially will be available for students to dine. These locations will be on the MyRISD app.

Can I bring a guest with me?

Your meal plan continues to come with guest meals. You must follow the on campus guest protocols when bringing a guest to the Met.

Can I donate a guest meal to a student in need?

Yes, you can donate 1 guest meal per semester to the Swipe it Forward program to combat food insecurity on campus. Simply request to donate at any RISD Dining register- the cashier will swipe your ID card and the guest meal is added to the bank of meals & provided to a RISD student in need!

What if I have a food allergy or special diet?

Please make sure to register this information with Health Services and then set up a time to meet with Maureen Young (myoung01@risd.edu) to review your specific diet needs and campus dining options. We encourage you to notify RISD Dining prior to arriving on campus this Fall 2020 using this form.

How do I provide feedback if I had a great dining experience?

If I had a great dining experience, let us know! We love to hear from you! Send us your feedback about our dining program. Your comment + the Dining reply are displayed on the screen at The Met! Let us know about your experience via easycode.com/themet.

How do I know about any programming RISD Dining has scheduled?

We regularly update our social media check @risddining instagram and facebook.

What will the dining hours be?

Hours updates are available on the dining info site here.

The Met Fall Hours

Monday - Friday

  • Breakfast 6:30am-9:30am
  • Lunch 11:00am-2:00pm
  • Dinner 4:00pm-9:00pm

Weekend Service

  • Brunch 11:00am-3:00pm
  • Dinner 4:00pm-9:00pm

Grub Hub Concept Hours with Pick-up at Portfolio Café

Everyday

  • Breakfast 7:00am-10:00am
  • Lunch 11:00am-2:00pm
  • Dinner 4:00pm-9:00pm


Dining: FAQs for first-year students

What comes with the Campus Meal Plan?

Three meal swipes per day - You may use all three meals at the Met or you can use two at The Met and use the other as a meal equivalency purchasing through our Grubhub cafés.

250 dining points per semester - points can be used in vending machines in the residence halls, in the Co-Op market and if you use a meal equivalency when purchasing through Grubhub to offset any overages.

Three guest meals per semester.

One complimentary celebration treat - this is for when you want to celebrate or need a little pick me up. Celebration Treat Order Form.

What is a dining point?

Dining points function similar to cash, 1 point = 1 dollar

What is a meal equivalency?

If you choose to purchase a meal through one of our Grubhub café offerings you are trading one meal swipe for $9.75 worth of credit towards the items you have chosen. If your purchase exceeds $9.75 you can use dining points, risdbucks or a credit card to offset the difference. You can use one meal equivalency per day.

How do I check my balance?

Any cashier can tell you your available meal swipes and dining points balance. You can check at: https://get.cbord.com/risd/

How do I order my Celebration Treat?

You can order your treat via this Celebration Cake Order Form. Link is also available on the on my.risd.edu Dining page.

What precautions have been taken to ensure a safe dining experience?

The Met - Due to approved occupancy changes the amount of people entering the Met will need to be limited at any one given point in time. To do this we are using QLess which is an app that allows you to enter a virtual queue.

Contactless Payment with GET App - This year, to facilitate contactless meal payment in RISD Dining, we will be using a new feature in the GET app - digital RISD ID cards. Once set up, you will use your digital ID to scan for your meal swipes. Download the GET app in the Apple + Android app stores and follow these instructions for set up, access and use.

Grubhub on campus will be picked up in the Portfolio. This is a 100% contact-less ordering system.

Our new Co-Op market will be available through Grubhub offering favorite retail items, fresh produce, and basic grocery items. Delivery will be to set at designated pick up areas, including at The Met.

Enhanced Cleaning Procedures - The Met and Portfolio will close between meal periods to thoroughly disinfect high touch areas. High touch areas will be cleaned continuously throughout service periods as well.

Social Distancing - Social distance demarcation will be in place to remind customers to maintain social distancing.

Masks - Masks are required in all dining establishments.

Closed to the Public - All dining locations are closed to the public for fall opening.

Can I eat with others?

A number of outdoor spaces socially will be available for students to dine. These locations will be on the MyRISD app.

Can I bring a guest with me?

Your meal plan continues to come with guest meals. You must follow the on campus guest protocols when bringing a guest to the Met.

Can I donate a Guest meal to a student in need?

Yes, you can donate 1 guest meal per semester to the Swipe it Forward program to combat food insecurity on campus. Simply request to donate at any RISD Dining register- you will swipe your ID card and the guest meal is added to the bank of meals & provided to a RISD student in need!

Where can I view menus?

Menus are available for view on the MyRISD app Dining Menus page. Select the location and meal to view menu items per day.

What If I have a food allergy?

Please make sure to register this information with Health Services and then set up a time to meet with Maureen Young (myoung01@risd.edu) to review your specific diet needs and campus dining options. We encourage you to notify RISD Dining prior to arriving on campus this Fall 2020 using this form.

If you had a great dining experience, let us know!

We love to hear from you! Send us your feedback about our dining program. Your comment + the Dining reply are displayed on the screen at The Met! Let us know about your experience at easycode.com/themet

How do I know about any programming RISD dining has scheduled?

We regularly update our social media check @risddining instagram and facebook.

Dining: Dining plans

Dining Plans 2020-21


Campus Residential Flex 7-60 Flex 5-40 Connect 3-25
per year $5,344 $5,344 $4,230 $3,088 $1,810
per semester $2,672 $2,672 $2,115 $1,544 $905

Campus Plan

  • The Campus Plan provides three board meal swipes per day.
    • 1 of these meals may be used as a meal equivalency of $9.75 worth of credit via our Grub Hub Café. If your purchase exceeds $9.75, you can use dining points, risdbucks or a credit card to offset the difference.
  • Students receive a total of $454 dining points per year. The point’s rollover from semester-to-semester, but not year to year. They are applied at $227 increments at the start of each semester. One point = 1 dollar.
  • Students receive three guest meals per semester.
  • Students receive one complimentary celebration treat per year for a birthday or other celebrations! The treat for this year is cupcakes with choice of vanilla, chocolate, vegan or gluten free.

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

Residential Plan

  • Students receive two board meal swipes per day, which can be used to access The Met or for ordering from our Grub Hub Café with a meal equivalency of $9.75 worth of credit towards your purchase. If your purchase exceeds $9.75 you can use dining points, risdbucks or a credit card to offset the difference.
  • Meals do not rollover day-to-day.
  • Students receive $1346 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 $673 increments at the start of each semester.
  • Students receive three guest meals per semester.
  • Students receive one complimentary celebration treat per year for birthdays or other celebrations! The treat for this year is cupcakes with choice of vanilla, chocolate, vegan or gluten free.

Flex 7-60 Plan

  • The Flex 7-60 Plan provides 112 meal swipes per semester, which can be used to access The Met or for ordering from our Grub Hub Café with a meal equivalency of $9.75 worth of credit towards your purchase. If your purchase exceeds $9.75 you can use dining points, risdbucks or a credit card to offset the difference.
  • Meals will not roll over semester to semester.
  • Students receive $1,842 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 $921 increments at the start of each semester.
  • Students receive three guest meals per semester.

Flex 5-40 Plan

  • The Flex 5-40 Plan provides 86 board meal swipes per semester, which can be used to access The Met or for ordering from our Grub Hub Café with a meal equivalency of $9.75 worth of credit towards your purchase. If your purchase exceeds $9.75 you can use dining points, risdbucks or a credit card to offset the difference.
  • Meals will not roll over semester to semester.
  • Students on the Flex 5-40 Plan also get a total of $1,248 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 $624 increments at the start of each semester.
  • Students receive three guest meals 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 51 board meal swipes (this averages three meal swipes per week), which can be used to access The Met or for ordering from our Grub Hub Café with a meal equivalency of $9.75 worth of credit towards your purchase. If your purchase exceeds $9.75 you can use dining points, risdbucks or a credit card to offset the difference.
  • Students on the Connect 3-25 Plan also get a total of $768 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 $384 increments at the start of each semester.
  • Students receive three guest meals per semester.

Note: Connect 3-25 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 are accepted at The Met and as a meal equivalency of $9.75 worth of credit for orders via our Grub Hub café.

** 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 are accepted at our Grub Hub café and Co-Op market.

Dining: Room And board package details

General Information

  • All first year students living in Essential Experience must be on the Campus Plan.
  • Upper class and transfer students living in an Essential Experience room or Alcove Suite may choose between Campus and Residential Meal Plans.
  • Students living in cooperative and independent apartments may change their meal plan from the Flex 7-60 to the Campus or Residential Plan for an additional $557 per semester, or opt for the Flex 5-40 Plan and receive a $571 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: Campus, 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 Campus
price per year $1,810 $3,088 $4,230 $5,344 $5,344
price per semester $905 $1,544 $2,115 $2,672 $2,672

Dining: How to add, change or cancel a plan

Guidelines

  • 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.
  • No reductions to meal plans are allowed after the meal plan change period end date.
  • Please direct meal plan questions to the Dining Services Department at Dining@risd.edu or call 401-454-6642.

Full-time students who withdraw or take a leave from RISD after the semester begins are charged a portion of the board, please click on Student Financial Service's website at risd.edu/sfs for more information.

Note:

  • Meal plan contracts are billed twice during the academic year.
  • Meal plan start dates per semester:
    • First semester meal plan values begin on September 1, 2019.
    • Second semester meal plan values begin on January 17, 2020.
  • 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.
  • Meal plan change period end dates per semester:
    • Fall semester end date for meal plan change period is September 13, 2019.
    • Spring semester end date for meal plan change period is February 21, 2020.
  • No reductions to meal plans are allowed after the meal plan change period end date.
  • 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.
  • Please direct any meal plan questions to the Dining Services Department at Dining@risd.edu or call 401-454-6642.


Dining: Summer meal plans

Summer meal plans are required for students living on campus and are assigned by campus residence location. Summer meal plans begin June 1. For questions on summer meal plans contact Isabel Ferreira at iferreir@risd.edu.

Charles Landing

Students living in Charles Landing will be on the 7 meals per week plan. The meals will reset to 7 every Saturday morning before the breakfast meal period.

15 West

Students living at 15 West will be on the 14 meals per week plan.The meals will reset to 14 every Saturday morning before the breakfast meal period.

10 Meal Block for May 24-31

For students who are interested in purchasing meals for this week before their meal plan starts on June 1st, the 10 meal block is available for $95 by contacting Isabel Ferreira, iferreir@risd.edu.

​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.

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. 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 2019-20 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 Soda, 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

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: Special diets

Passionate about serving students, RISD Dining takes pride in sourcing wholesome ingredients and preparing recipes accurately. Our Dining program regularly engages in training for our entire staff. We work diligently to address students’ specific needs, especially those with food allergies, Celiac disease, or special diet needs. It is the responsibility of guests with food allergies and those with specific nutrition requirements to notify Dining staff of concerns related to ingredients and preparation method.

While RISD Dining has limited, dedicated kitchen space for preparing gluten-free and allergen-free meals, we strive to meet all of our guests’ needs by working one-on-one with students and custom preparing and serving students directly. Self-serve food stations run the risk of cross contact; for strict allergen concerns please ask for a Culinary Production Supervisor (wearing the gray chef coats); they can assist you with ingredient information, serve you directly and obtain additional food options.

We make every effort to identify nutrition data and allergen information, however, there are elements beyond our control. Manufacturers may change their product formulation without our knowledge and product availability may fluctuate. RISD Dining inputs ingredient and allergen statements from manufacturers labels into our menu management system; this includes advisory statements, such as “may contain…,” or “processed in facility that also processes…” or “made on equipment with…” that many manufacturers now list on their product labels. Ingredient & Allergen books are updated weekly and located at the Cashier station in each dining venue.

A team approach led by you, our informed consumer, is the best preparation for a safe school year- free of allergic reactions. Meeting one-on-one with students who have individual dining needs helps ensure that your dining experience is safe, delicious, and social. If you have a food allergy/special diet concern or require a special diet in accordance with religious practices (i.e. Kosher or Halal), please contact Maureen Young by phone 401-709-8508, email myoung01@risd.edu or by filling out this request form.

To request dining accommodations related a medical concern, students must have documentation supporting their request from a currently treating, outside professional provider. Students with dining plans, living on-campus or off-campus, submit an application for Medical Accommodation via the StarRez portal. Once all documentation has been uploaded, the Medical Accommodation Committee reviews the request monthly and the decision is communicated with the student. Requests must be submitted annually. Application and documentation forms can be found on the RISD Residence Life website here.

Dining: Ingredients + allergens

Links to Fall 2020 menu ingredients and allergens are coming soon!

Dining: Venue hours

Fall 2020 Hours

Venue Days Meals Hours Note
The Met

Opening:
Sept 13th



Mon-Fri



Sat-Sun


Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner

Brunch
Dinner

6:30 am - 9:30 am
11 am - 2 pm
4 pm - 9 pm

11 am - 3 pm
4 pm - 9 pm

QLess App will be
used for line
management




Grub Hub
Portfolio Café

Opening:
Sept 12th
Daily




Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner


7:30 am–10 am
11 am–2 pm
5 pm–9 pm


Order via Grub Hub
Pick-up at Portfolio Café




Dining: Special events

Event Planning in Process for Fall 2020

Dining: Swipe It Forward

Swipe It Forward is a temporary assistance program providing meals to students in need. Food insecurity is more common across US college campuses than you may realize and this includes RISD. Students in need of meals can contact one of these Campus Partners:


Dining: Community Cupboard


Community Cupboard, the campus food pantry that is 100% supported by donations from the RISD community, aims to serve students, staff and faculty experiencing food insecurity. With self-service, there is no need to make an appointment, simply stop by and take what you need.

Staff + Faculty Donations

Items can be donated directly at the Community Cupboard. Bring your donations and place your items on the labeled shelves to the left of the entrance. Items in greatest need are:




Canned Meats + Fish
Canned Vegetables
Canned Fruits
Boxed Meals
Snack Bars
Peanut Butter
Soups
Pasta + Noodles
Rice + Grains
Cooking Oils
Nuts + Seeds
Breakfast Cereals
Powdered Milk
Dried Spices
Pet Food

Student Donations

Students on meal plan may donate Points at any RISD Dining venue and RISD Dining will stock the shelves on the right side of the pantry with staple items that are in greatest need each week with items such as Peanut Butter, Tuna Fish, Soups, Rice, and Canned Vegetables + Beans. Simply let the cashier know you would like to donate Points to the Community Cupboard; you may choose to donate 1, 3 or 5 points per donation up to four donations per year.

Location

Community Cupboard is located on the 3rd floor of 20 Washington Place, inside the break room. Take the elevator to the 3rd floor, turn left out of the elevator and take your first left and then right into the break room.

Hours

The Cupboard is currently open 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM