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New Options from Emerson Dining Services

Welcome back, Emerson Community!

On behalf of Emerson Dining, we are excited to announce innovations to our dining program. Through the annual survey and your continued use of our feedback boards, we heard your requests and have taken action to improve our dining options throughout campus.

The Dining Center, with the goal to provide well-rounded, comfortable, and healthy meals, has modified and crafted stations to your growing needs and desires. 


Root: Dedicated vegan & vegetarian station, serving seasonal vegan dishes

Roam: Feel-good options to start the day, including made-to-order omelets, egg scrambles, and rotating vegetables & proteins

Bowls: Providing a daily selection of fresh fruit, rotating yogurts, açaí purée, and oatmeal 

Craft: Customizable waffle, pancake, French toast, and blintz bar

Toast: A variety of bread, cheeses, jams, and spreads

Bakery: Serving classic breakfast pastries, including croissants, muffins, scones, and more

Made Without Gluten: Gluten-free alternatives, including bagels, bread, pastries, and more, are available all day long

Lunch & Dinner

Roam: Wholesome, home-style American classics and flavors inspired by cuisines from around the world – both nourishing and indulgent

Hearth: Oven-roasted pizzas, artisan Italian pasta dishes, and bakes featuring seasonal ingredients and small-batch, house-made sauces to please the vegan and meat-lover

Oasis:  destination where all meals are prepared without the use of top-nine allergens, plus gluten and sesame, through the sole use of whole foods

Root: Dedicated vegan & vegetarian station

Grill: Classic grill items and new rotating daily specials 

Bowls: New and improved offerings, including a seasonally inspired salad bar and power bowl station

Craft: Build-your-own station featuring rotating concepts pulling from international flavors and American comfort foods

Bakery: Serving classic sweet items throughout the day, including cookies, cakes, and pies sourced from local vendors

New Flavors

Starting Wednesday, February 1, Lion’s Den welcomes a new local restaurant, Dumpling Daughter, which provides traditional Chinese dumplings and buns sourced from New England. 

“Dumpling Daughter serves many of our most authentic time-tested dishes and my favorites: dumplings, buns, and noodles! Today, my mission is to make people happy – one dumpling at a time. Dumplings comfort us and, at the same time, are fun and light!” said Nadia Spellman, founder and CEO.

Safety and Allergens

Bon Appétit takes food allergies seriously, and your health and safety are our highest priority. We support your food allergy needs by providing information and resources to empower you to make well-informed food choices in our cafés. Managing food allergies can be complex, and we strive to work with you to understand your personal dietary needs, making every effort to accommodate those needs.  

For more information about food allergies, please visit our page and review the guide on Food Allergies and Celiac Disease at Emerson College. Please, contact us with any questions or concerns.

For more information on dining or meal plans, please view our Spring 2023 Dining Guide. 

We are looking forward to serving you!

Emerson Dining Team

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