At Lafayette College, dining is integral to the residential college experience and plays an important role in helping students make connections, form communities, and learn from their food and consumption.
As part of the College’s Connected Communities Program, Lafayette Dining Services provides more than nutritious and appetizing food. The College’s residential dining program, spread across seven different cafés and dining halls, provides social gathering places, opportunities to refuel, and out-of-the-classroom experiences where students are taught about “food service for a sustainable future.”
Lafayette Dining Services works to provide students with a variety of appealing, convenient, and healthy dining options for all palates, dietary restrictions, and allergy sensitivities. Lafayette Dining Services supports small, local farms with food cooked from scratch. That means no processed or canned foods, homemade dressing and sauces, including soups and stocks. Accomplishing this is a mouthful indeed, but the bottom line is that staff strive to cook delicious food that’s good for students, the animals, the workers, the community, and the Earth — because they’re all connected.
All students are required to have at least the minimum qualifying meal plan for their class year. Meal Plans can be increased above the minimum qualifying plan by logging into MyHousing by Adirondack Solutions, Inc. using your Lafayette ID and password. Full descriptions and fees for the Meal Plans can be found on the Finance & Administration web site.
Each of these meal plans allows a student to access either of the all-you-care-to-eat campus dining halls (Marquis and Upper Farinon) and, using Meal Exchange, Lower Farinon Commons, Gilbert’s Café, ECO Cafe, and Simon’s Deli for the number of times each week specified in the plan name. Meals must be eaten during the designated week and do not carry forward from week to week or semester to semester. There are four meal periods on most Mondays through Saturdays when the meal plan is in effect. Those periods are:
Subscribers to the 20-, 14-, 7-, or 5-Meals per Week Plans have the flexibility to use a meal allotment for a “meal exchange” at one of the retail dining venues on campus (Lower Farinon Commons, Gilbert’s Café, ECO Cafe, and Simon’s Deli) for the number of times each week specified in the plan name. A designated meal exchange will typically include an entree, a beverage, and one or two sides (e.g. a piece of fruit, a small bag of chips, and a dessert treat). Select entrees are not available on meal exchange and meal exchange options are limited during breakfast in some venues. During times the meal plan is in effect, meal exchanges are available at the locations and meal times listed below (subject to the operating hours of each facility):
Students are invited to bring visiting family or friends to a meal in one of the College’s all-you-care-to-eat restaurants. All Meal Plans include an allotment of meals to facilitate dining with non-student guests. Unused guest meals do not carry forward from semester to semester.
Pard Dollars, a pre-paid declining cash balance account, are accessible using the Lafayette ID card and for use at any on-campus dining venue and at participating local merchants below. While Pard Dollars may not be used for purchases at the College Store, store purchases may be charged to the student’s billing account. Balance checks for Pard Dollars can be performed at the registers in any dining hall or retail location, at the ID office located in Marquis Hall, Office 011 or online through Lafayette College eAccounts.
The Pard Dollar account tracks two types of Pard Dollars:
Meal Plan Pard Dollars: All meal plans include an allotment of Pard Dollars for use during the fall and spring semesters which are non-refundable and do not roll over from semester to semester.
Additional Pard Dollars: Additional (non-mandatory) Pard Dollars will carry forward semester to semester and year to year if unused. Only non-mandatory Pard Dollars are available for use during the summer and interim periods. Upon graduation or upon request at the end of any academic year, non-mandatory, unused Pard Dollars can be refunded. Additional Pard Dollars can be added to the account in one of three ways:
|Big Woody’s Sports Grill||1855 Sullivan Trail||(610) 252-4442|
|Campus Pizza||133 McCartney Street||(610) 253-7541|
|College Hill Tavern||420 Cattell Street||(610) 252-9456|
|Cosmic Cup Coffee||520 March Street||(610) 438-3211|
|CVS||215 Town Center Blvd||(610) 250-3650|
|Dell’s Kitchen||1645 Washington Blvd||(610) 438-8098|
|Don Juan Mex Grill||518 March Street||(610) 438-5661|
|Giacomo’s Italian Grille||700 Cattell Street||(610) 438-1945|
|Green Vida||1800 Sullivan Trail||(610) 905-1701|
|Just a Dream Frozen Yogurt||289 Town Center Blvd||(610) 829-1222|
|Mojo Hill Cafe||516 March Street||(610) 438-1350|
|Pearly Baker’s||11 Centre Square||(610) 253-9949|
|Sogo Fusion Lounge||237 Northampton Street||(610) 250-0198|
|Stoke Coal Fire Pizza||1 Lehns Court||(610) 829-1400|
Restrictions: Even if you meet the legal minimum age, Pard Dollars cannot be used to purchase any alcohol, tobacco products, lottery tickets, money orders, traveler’s checks, or gift cards.
Student involvement is essential in making sure dining on campus is the best it can be. Student employment opportunities are available – whether your interests are on the culinary side or on the service side. See the Dining Services job listing in CareerSpot for more information on these opportunities.