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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


Anne Colasanto
Director, Dining and Conference Services
401 454-6369

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

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

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 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.

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

Regular Service Begins Sunday, February 28

See Dining Venue Hours through spring semester.


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

Dining: FAQs for first-year students

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:

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 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 ( 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

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 2021-22

Dining for On-Campus Residents

RISD offers three areas of student housing: First Year, Sophomore, and Upper-Class. All on-campus housing includes a dining allotment. Please see

Commuter Dining Plan

This plan is ideal for Graduate Students and commuters that want convenient access to all of our excellent venues and options at a reduced rate. Meals can be used as entry into the Met, RISD’s largest dining facility, or as a meal credit applied to food and beverage purchases at Portfolio or Jolly Roger. Dining points are great for grab and go items from the Carr Haus Cafe, or for a quick cup of coffee and something sweet in Watermark. You can also apply dining points to purchases made in our express or virtual Co/Op market.

Semester Cost Meal allotment per semester Dining Points per semester Guest meals per semester
$1,100 100 150 3

Meals & dining points do not roll over from semester to semester.

Dining Blocks

Dining meal blocks are a convenient way to add additional meals to the available allotment associated with housing, or if you are arriving early or staying beyond the semester end date.

80 Meal Block: $760

50 Meal Block: $478

30 Meal Block: $288

Block plans can be used throughout the academic year (June–July).

Dining Notes

  • Full-time students who withdraw or take a leave from RISD after the semester begins, please click on Student Financial Service's website at for more information.
  • Commuter Meal Plan contracts are billed twice during the academic year.
  • Residential Meal allotment start for fall is September 5, 2021. They are reset on January 21, 2022
  • Block plans are available for purchase throughout the year.
  • Contracts are in effect for the full academic year and cannot be cancelled.
  • Dining guest 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.
  • Years 2–5 Dual Degree students may purchase meal plans through the Brown portal.
  • Please direct any meal plan questions to the Dining Services Department at 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.

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.

A note about our vending program for summer 2021: As we plan for a closed campus this summer, Dining + Catering is scaling down what is available in vending machines, in an effort to reduce waste. If the vending machine nearest your campus location is low, we encourage you to check out our vending clusters in the lobby of 15 West and the mezzanine level of The Met. These machines will be the best stocked through the end of the academic year.

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...

  • 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.

With safety as a top priority, The Met is positioned with product availability, skilled staffing, equipment and the space needed to provide reasonable accommodations for students with food allergies and special diets. These meals require separate preparation and students are directed to obtain these meals at The Met.

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 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 and allergens

The Met: Menu signs identifying the top eight allergens and proteins are posted at each station. Signs also note if an item is vegetarian, vegan and/or gluten-free.

Grubhub at Portfolio: Menu item descriptions on the Grubhub app include "contains" statements identifying the top eight allergens. Descriptions will also note when an item is vegetarian, vegan and/or gluten-free.

Dining: Venue hours

Spring 2021 hours

The Met
closed for the summer

Grubhub at Portfolio Café
closed for the summer

The Jolly Roger Deli
Monday - Friday
11:00 am – 3:00 pm

The Jolly Roger Deli will be closed in observance of holidays on 5/31, 6/18, and 7/5.

Dining: Special events

Check out RISD Dining on social media for updates on planned and popup events:

Instagram: risddining
Facebook: @RISDDining

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: RISD Student Food Pantry

RISD Student Food Pantry, the campus food pantry that is 100% supported by donations from the RISD community, aims to serve students 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 RISD Student Food Pantry. 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 RISD Student Food Pantry; you may choose to donate 1, 3 or 5 points per donation up to four donations per year.


RISD Student Food Pantry 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.


RISD Student Food Pantry is currently open 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM