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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


Virginia (Ginnie) Dunleavy
Executive Director of Auxiliary Services
401 427-6978

David Gould
Executive Chef, RISD Dining + RISD Caters
401 709-8505

William Andreozzi
Associate Director of Business Management
401 454-6361

Sean DeBobes
Associate Director of Dining Services
401 427-6917

Linda Gustafson
Catering Manager
401 277-4896

Eddie Crowe
General Manager, The Met
401 277-4806

Stephanie Kirwan
Bakery Supervisor
401 454-6781

Tim McFate
Chef/Manager, Cafés
401 454-6568

Todd Torres
Assistant Manager, Cafés
401 536-4749

Isabel Ferreira
Dining Account Manager (Meal Plans)
401 454-6642

Maureen Young
Food Allergies + Special Diets


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.

V-CAF is now open! Located in the 20 Washington Place lobby adjacent to Mail Services, this grab-and-go "fresh vend" concept expands RISD Dining's current café offerings. Available during regular building hours, V-CAF adds a convenient dining option and features a curated mix of fresh house-made sandwiches, salads, sushi bowls, and a variety of other unique snacks and beverages.


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. If you have any questions or need assistance in your planning, please call our catering team at 401 709-8500.

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: Dining Plans

Dining Plans 2020-21 Info Coming Soon!

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: FAQs for Freshman + First Year Students

Updates for 2020-21 Coming Soon!

Dining: Room And Board Package Details

General Information

  • 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 $592 per semester, or opt for the Flex 5-40 Plan and receive a $605 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 $1,920 $3,280 $4,490 $5,674 $5,674
price per semester $960 $1,640 $2,245 $2,837 $2,837

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.
  • 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.


  • 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.

Faculty + Staff Dining Plans

RISD Dining Offers Faculty + Staff Dining Plans

Treat yourself to an exceptional dining experience! Enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner at The Met dining venue located in the Quad. The Met is our largest dining room on campus, with comfortable seating and a nice view, it is a great spot to take a break and enjoy a delicious meal. The Met has a wide variety of seasonal offerings including entrée of the day, sushi, artisan pizzas, smoothie bar, vegetarian and vegan dishes as well as a robust salad bar and made to order sandwiches. Our in house bakeshop provides an array of desserts and pastries.

The plans are purchased through payroll deductions.


Faculty + Staff
Dining Plan
Per Meal

Bi-Weekly Payroll
Deduction Amount
Per 8 Pay Periods

Monthly Payroll
Deduction Amount
Per 4 Pay Periods

75 Meals Best Deal $7.20 $67.50 $135.00
50 Meals $8.60 $53.75 $107.50
25 Meals
$9.50 $29.69 $59.38

Compare to The Met's Regular Door Price Without a Plan:

  • Breakfast = $9.50
  • Lunch/Brunch = $12.00
  • Dinner = $14.00
Fall 2020 + Spring 2021 Payroll Deduction Schedule Coming soon

Policies + Terms

  • Faculty and Staff Dining Plans are purchased by using payroll deduction, with payment scheduling based upon your pay period.If you are paid bi-weekly, deductions are taken over 8 specified pay periods.If you are paid monthly, deductions are taken over 4 specified pay periods.
  • Meals on these Dining Plan are valid for the dates listed per term. Unused meals at the end of the term are non-refundable.
  • In the event of separation from the college, RISD can withhold payments due should any meals be used yet not paid.
  • If a new Dining Plan is purchased through payroll deduction before the previous plan is paid in full, deductions will double until the first plan is paid in full.
  • RISD is not responsible for expenses resulting from loss, theft or misuse of the card.
  • You may treat a guest to a meal at The Met by using an additional swipe of your ID card. The card owner must be present. Dining plans and RISD IDs are not transferable.
  • At The Met, one swipe at the door provides access to all options for that meal period.
  • The OZZI Solution is a closed loop system, you receive a OZZI container as part of your purchase of a dining plan, the first time you want to use it ask any cashier for a container. Fill the container with food, eat in or take your meal to go. Return the used OZZI container to an OZZI machine, where the container is dropped into a collection cart. It will then issue a token to use the next time you want to take food. This creates an easy system for dining services to clean them.
  • OZZI containers are the only containers allowed in the dining halls for take-out. Personal take out containers are not permitted per the RI Department of Health. As an introductory offer, the first OZZI container is on us. Additional containers are available to purchase for $5.00.
  • One full OZZI container = one meal swipe, two full OZZI containers = two meal swipes and etc.
  • Dining Plans are in effect during the academic year. The Met may have limited hours for service due to fluctuations within the academic calendar.
  • The hours are posted on the RISD info site here.

Sign Up Form Link: coming soon!

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How will I know when the plan has been added to my ID campus card?

A:The Dining Accounts Manager will email you when the dining plan is activated.

Q: Where will I see the dining plan deduction?

A: The dining plan deduction will appear on your payslip in Workday.

Q: Where can I see The Met menu for the day?

A: The menu appears on MyRISD app here.

Q: How do I use this plan?

A: The dining plan is added to your Campus ID card. When you are greeted by the cashier inform them that you want to use a meal swipe. They will swipe your ID card and then meal will be deducted from your account.

Q: How do I know how many meals I have left on the dining plan?

A: Just ask the cashier for your balance on the register.

Q: If there is a special event happening at The Met, can I attend?

A: Absolutely, enjoy the fun!! Special events are posted on the RISD info site here.

Q: Can I still use risdbucks if I have this plan?

A:Yes, risdbucks are accepted at all dining locations. If you are eating at The Met be sure inform the cashier that you would like to use risdbucks for this purchase.

​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 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...

  • 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

Menus are subject to change. Please see ingredient + allergen signs in the venue at service time. If you have a question about an item, please request to speak with a manager.

Jolly Roger Deli

Dining: Venue Hours

Portfolio Café Summer Hours

Dates Meals Hours Note
May 26 - 29

7 am - 10 am
11 am - 2:30 pm
4:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Fri Dinner:
Order Pizza for pick-up
at Dinner via the GET app

June 1

Mon - Fri
Sat + Sun

11:30 am - 1:30 pm
4:30 pm - 7 pm

11:30 am - 1:30 pm
4:30 pm - 7 pm
Fri + Sat Dinner:
Order Pizza for pick-up
at Dinner via the GET app


  • Breakfast to-go meal available for pick-up during dinner meal period
  • No Service Between Meal Times

Closed for Summer: The Met, Jolly Roger Deli, Watermark + Carr Haus

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
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.


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.


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