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Bon Appétit and Gordon College FAQ

See below for details on dining dollars, the two meal plans offered at Gordon (and who is eligible for which), as well as details on dietary needs and how to take food to go.

How do dining dollars work?
Students who enroll in a meal plan will be issued dining dollars equivalent in value to the dollar cost of the meal plan they select. The student ID card serves as the meal plan card. Students will present their ID cards to purchase food with credit from their account at Gillie’s Café, Bistro 255, Chester’s Place, Bennett Café (a new venue opening in the fall), and all stations of the Lane Student Center food court; all purchases are à la carte. 

Can I sell dining dollars if I have left over on my meal plan?
Unfortunately, dining dollars will no longer be transferable between students. This is a standard used by most colleges and universities, especially those which feature an “all you care to eat” option, as Gordon will in the fall of 2018. Dining dollars that remain unused at the end of fall semester “roll over” for students to use in spring semester; however, those that remain unused at the end of the spring semester will be forfeited.

How do I buy more dining dollars?
To add more dining dollars throughout the semester, go to https://my.gordon.edu/ and follow the new “Quick Link” for dining dollars. In addition, dining dollars may be purchased with a credit card (and valid student ID) right at the register of any dining venue.  

How many meal plan choices are there? 
There are two primary plans in for the 2017–18 academic year: the “full” board plan covers students living in traditional residence halls, and the “apartment” board plan, which applies to students in Bromley, Tavilla and Ferrin apartments, the Village (the houses along Grapevine) and Dexter House.

The cost for the full board plan is $2000 per semester; the apartment plan costs $1000. In working with Bon Appétit to greatly improve fresh food quality and selections for this year, as well upgrading the main dining hall and opening a new venue (Bennett Center Café in September), the College has defrayed a good portion of the cost from philanthropic gifts but cannot cover everything through donor support. The cost for the full board plan represents an additional $233 per semester over last year’s average cost (or an additional $2 per day for the semester.) Sure, as the old adage goes, there is no such thing as a free lunch. But to put the investment in context: Gordon’s board plan is lower than our peer institution Wheaton College in Illinois, and 50% less than offered at Lesley University in Boston (both are Bon Appétit clients as well.)

Are reduced meal plans available?
Enrollment in a meal plan is optional for students residing in Tavilla Hall, Bromley Hall, Ferrin apartments, the Village or Dexter House (which have kitchens). Residents of these buildings are automatically enrolled in the board program for students who live in apartment-style residence halls; this plan costs $1,000 per semester. Those who prefer a different meal plan, or none at all, should contact Student Life to opt out. All other students residing on campus are required to participate in a meal plan.

What is the commuter meal plan?
Commuter students can purchase dining dollars by going to https://my.gordon.edu/ and following the new “Quick Link” for dining dollars. In addition, dining dollars may be purchased with a credit card (and valid student ID) right at the register of any dining venue.  

What happened to “all you care to eat”?
The full suite of meal plans, including “all you care to eat,” will become available in the fall of 2018.

Is there a benefit to using dining dollars vs cash/debit card/credit card?
The only difference between using dining dollars instead of cash or cards is the convenience of carry your student ID rather than additional payment options. Remember that students do not pay meal tax (regardless of whether they use dining dollars, a credit/debit card or cash.) So, if you have guests or family visiting and you want to be uber-frugal, you might want to treat. 

What are the hours of operation at each of the dining halls?
Hours of operation for each location are listed on teh cafebonappetit website: http://gordon.cafebonappetit.com/

What options are available for my dietary needs?
Bon Appétit cooks entirely from scratch, making it easy to identify all the ingredients in your food. The chefs and managers are well-trained to help you with your food allergy needs—so don’t hesitate to ask! The “pure” station near the Bookstore entrance (on the right-hand side of the Home Cooking station) features vegan and vegetarian selections, and close to Chester’s, a made-without-gluten-containing-ingredients space offers hot and cold favorites. Bon Appétit uses descriptive menu nomenclature to identify the eight major allergens as much as possible, but because there are situations when cross contact is unavoidable or allergens cannot be properly addressed in signage, it’s always a good idea to make the staff aware of your dietary needs. They are more than willing to work with you individually on additional dining options. 

Is the Smart Cart staying?
The Smart Cart (or “Smaht Caht” as we say in a Boston accent) will be staying as a topping and condiment area for the Tacqueria and Late Night Grill area featuring house made salsas, spreads and toppings. Vegetarian and vegan entrees and sides are abundant in all areas of the dining venues. 

Can I take food to go?
Yes. Disposable to go containers are available in all dining venues. While eating in the dining rooms, please be cognizant of the environment and use the china and silverware we have available.