The Dining Services team cooks from scratch every day. From rolling stocks to finishing sauces and roasting meats, our approach to food allows us to provide fresh foods from whole ingredients while focusing on sustainability and humanely and locally sourced goods.

Sharing a meal is an opportunity to make special connections with students, faculty, and staff—relationships that will last a lifetime. The College’s restaurants are extensions of the classrooms on campus; teaching about nutrition and sustainability, providing cooking lessons and recipes, and allowing you to experience various cultures through food. Six unique dining facilities provide service, up to 19 hours a day, seven days a week.



October 12, 2017

New program sets high standard for animal welfare in institutional food purchasing

PALO ALTO, CA (October 12, 2017)Farm Forward, a leading animal-welfare nonprofit, has launched a program intended to leverage the buying power of institutions to change the way animals are raised for food. Bon Appétit Management Company is proud to be an inaugural member of Farm Forward’s new Leadership Circle — as by extension are our hundreds of corporate, education, and museum clients as well as our public restaurants in 33 states.

“These institutions are leaders in aligning values-based purchasing,” says Ben Goldsmith, executive director of Farm Forward. “Through thoughtful procurement policies, they are improving the welfare of farmed animals while meeting their customers’ demands for more ethical and sustainable products.”

Farm Forward has a long history of working with farmers and consumers to help change the way animals are raised for food, by promoting

conscientious food choices that reduce farmed animal suffering and advance sustainable agriculture. Members of the Leadership Circle have committed to purchasing only third-party certified higher-welfare products in at least one product category, like eggs, within two years.

Bon Appétit switched our supply of shell eggs company-wide to third-party-certified cage-free back in 2005. We then completed transitioning our pre-cracked (liquid) eggs to Certified Humane in 2016 — the only food service company currently to have done so.

Bon Appétit’s current egg sourcing already qualifies the company and our clients, including Case Western Reserve University, Vassar College, the Institute of American Indian Arts, The Thacher School, and many others, for the Leadership Circle. Members also commit to support farmers raising animals under even more optimal conditions, and in doing so, help to rebuild a network of sustainable farms in America. Bon Appétit campus teams and Farm Forward will work together to support farmers raising animals in highest-welfare conditions — for example, hens that are raised on pasture — continuing and supporting our pioneering Farm to Fork network.

“We’re honored to be part of the Leadership Circle and excited to work with Farm Forward to help responsible farmers get preferential treatment in the marketplace,” said Bon Appétit Chief Strategy and Brand Officer Maisie Ganzler.

The Leadership Circle is an official partner of the Real Food Challenge, helping colleges and universities that have signed the Real Food Campus Commitment source more humanely raised animal products to meet their commitment by 2020. Farm Forward’s Leadership Circle program is funded in part by the Open Philanthropy Project and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

About Farm Forward

Farm Forward is a team of strategists, educators, campaigners, and thought leaders guiding the movement to change the way our world eats and farms. They implement innovative strategies to promote conscientious food choices, reduce farmed animal suffering, and advance sustainable agriculture. Farm Forward is pushing the ceiling of animal welfare by looking beyond incremental suffering reduction on factory farms, towards the institutional and cultural change that will end factory farming.


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