Cafe menu options
Are the trendy (and often spendy) acai bowls worth all the health buzz? Click to find out.» Read More
If you never thought about grilling your fruit it’s time to start. When fruit is placed on the grill it caramelizes and its flavor intensifies. The recipe calls for apricots but they can easily be swapped out for another seasonal fruit such as peaches.» Read More
Drinking kombucha? Take a moment to understand the science behind pasteurized vs unpasteurized.» Read More
Forget boring salads. Fresh figs, bright mint, spicy watercress, and walnuts come together to form a gorgeous salad that takes under 10 minutes to make.» Read More
Read what the science says about monk fruit sugar, the newest zero-calorie sweetener getting buzz.» Read More
Have you met muesli? It’s similar to granola but rather than mixing in oil and honey prior to baking, you toast the grains plain and add your own honey upon serving (yes, you control the sugar!).» Read More
What’s the buzz? Caffeinated beverages hinder hydration — or do they? What does the science say?» Read More
Forget what you know about soup. This watermelon gazpacho is a little sweet, a little savory, served cold — and is extremely refreshing.» Read More
What’s the buzz? Activated charcoal drinks: Black is the new green (juice). But take a look at what the science says.» Read More
For a quick and easy lunch or side dish, fresh green beans are blanched to retain their beautiful vibrant color and are paired with chopped hard-boiled eggs and briny olives.» Read More
What’s the buzz? Nutritional yeast is a savory, high-nutrient add-in that you should be sprinkling on everything from pasta to smoothies. What does the science say?» Read More
Current Status: Closed
At Bon Appétit, we understand that food service serves a much larger purpose than simply sustenance. Eating together creates a sense of community. Food brings people together as it rejuvenates and nourishes. The Commons Dining Room is a gathering place for great food and a wonderful dining experience. It is a gathering place where food is the commonality, the conversation starter between people.
Commons Cafe in Chapin Hall includes the following stations.
The Grill features a short-order breakfast menu with eggs cooked to order, breakfast meats, hash browns, pancakes or biscuits and gravy. Our lunch and dinner menu includes burgers, chicken sandwiches, french fries, and chips. Daily grill specials may include marinated chops, specialty cuts of meat, vegan and vegetarian options or hot sandwiches.
At lunch and dinner, we will offer daily specialties including pizza, calzones, stromboli, and flatbreads.
Daily pasta specials feature a variety of flavorful meats, vegetables and fresh sauces made from scratch daily, and are served with healthy sides, breadsticks and rolls.
From carved meats such as pit ham and turkey to favorite comfort foods like meatloaf, casseroles, greens and vegetables, Comfort offers a taste of Mom’s kitchen.
Global Cuisine offers authentic, ethnic flavors from around the world.
Soup, Salad and Deli Bar
We feature a daily-changing selection of home-made soups, full deli featuring fresh assorted meats, cheeses, spreads and breads, plus an extensive fruit selection and complete salad bar.
Many of our guests eat some form of vegetarian diet. With this in mind, we offer vegetarian cuisine at every meal and serve vegetarian and vegan options throughout most of our food stations.
Made without Gluten Options
Celiac disease causes many of our guests to have a gluten sensitivity or intolerance. Gluten may be found in some wheat, rye and barley products. We have one dedicated area with regular offerings such as gluten-free cereals, breads and more, while Celiac friendly options can also be found at many stations throughout the café each day. The Made without Gluten station also houses soy and almond milk for those with lactose concerns.
Do you care about whether your food was grown locally or raised humanely? Or are you more interested in protein vs. carbs?
Whatever your priorities, we can help you chew the right thing. At Bon Appétit, we’re working toward “food service for a sustainable future.” How we define that is a mouthful, but the bottom line is that we strive to cook delicious food that’s good for you, the animals, the workers, the community, and the Earth — because they’re all connected. And we’re proud to be the first food service company to tackle many important issues in these areas.
We’re here to support you by giving the information you need to choose wisely. Visit our Wellness page for a feast of information about the roles our from-scratch cooking, nutritional approach, local sourcing, and other sustainability programs can play on your menu.
Refreshing and juicy but with a toasted complexity that is balanced by the lime, this unique appetizer is as tasty as it is hydrating. Serves 12. 1 medium watermelon Zest of 1 lime 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons lime juice (about 5-6 limes), divided 1 tablespoon olive oil 2 tablespoons honey 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper 1/4…Read More» Read More
When the tops of root vegetables such as radishes and turnips are in good condition, don’t let them go to waste! This recipe transforms radish greens into a bright and simple chimichurri sauce that is a delicious and refreshing topping to many foods from omelets to roasted potatoes. Makes 2/3 cup, enough for about 4-6…Read More» Read More
3 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons olive oil, divided 4 medium carrots, diced 2 cloves garlic, finely diced 1 cup french green lentils 2 cups water 1 bay leaf 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard 1 shallot, finely diced 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper 2 teaspoons fresh thyme, chopped,…Read More» Read More