Providing you with healthy options is something your COF Dining team proudly does every day. We help you select delicious, nutritious, and satisfying meals, snacks, and desserts by highlighting well-balanced menu choices and supplying nutritional information and tips to help you make choices that fit your needs.

Check out our latest edition of our Nutrition Newsletter!

Meet the Dietitian

Gabrielle Mele RD, LDN

Gabrielle MeleGabrielle Mele RD, LDN is your resource for:

  • Answers to questions regarding food allergies and sensativities
  • Nutrition education through tabling events and one-on-one meetings
  • Fueling your body mindfully throughout your college experience
Gabrielle's focus as a dietitian is on helping others understand how to enjoy a diverse array of foods, as all types of foods can fit into a healthy lifestyle. She works with our COF Dining team to ensure your dietary needs are met and has an open-door policy for any concerns you may have. Feel free to contact her at

Special Dietary Needs and Food Allergies

We take pride in serving you wholesome ingredients, preparing recipes accurately, and providing nutritional analysis and ingredient statements through our online menus and nutrition calculator. From our Resident District Manager to our frontline team members, we work carefully to address food allergies, celiac diets, or other special dietary needs.

We want to meet one-on-one with anyone who has individual dining needs to ensure that your dining experience is safe, delicious, and social. If you have a food allergy/special diet concern, please contact our Campus Dietitian Gabrielle Mele RD, LDN at:

Videos on Food Allergies & Dining on Campus: 

Clean Eats powered by Simple Servings is our allergen-safe dining option for our customers with food allergies or gluten intolerance. This station offers food prepared without gluten and the FDA most common allergens of peanuts, tree nuts, shellfish, wheat, soy, milk products, eggs, and sesame. Fish dishes will be included in the varied menu options as a healthy protein choice along with beef, pork, chicken, turkey, and vegetarian options. The menu will change at lunch and dinner. Clean Eats powered by Simple Servings staff members are carefully trained to avoid cross-contact with food allergens.

Separate equipment, storage areas, utensils, and preparation areas minimize but do not eliminate, the chances of gluten and allergens to our Simple Servings food. About 75% of Clean Eats powered by Simple Servings items also meet our Mindful criteria, which makes it an easy and healthy choice for customers who are focused on ingredients, blood sugar, and other health issues. 

Clean Eats powered by Simple Servings is located in Beatty Dining Commons.

Simple Zone is our campus “pantry” where food items needed by students with Celiac disease or nut allergies are stored and prepared with precautions against cross-contact. This area is free of tree nut, peanut, and gluten-containing ingredients and products. Simple Zone gives you the ability to be involved in your own allergen-safe meal preparation. 

Simple Zones are located in Beatty Dining Commons and Eat> Café.

Rustic Roots is a dining experience that celebrates whole, plant-based foods and aromatic flavors with recipes that substitute animal protein with nutrient-dense plant alternatives.

Eating a plant-based diet does not mean you can't eat meat, but that your meals are made mostly of plants. Plant-based cooking embraces globally diverse recipes that are good for your health and the environment. When you choose a plant-based meal you're supporting your immune system, increase your fiber intake helping you stay fueled longer, reduces greenhouse gas emissions, saves on water usage, and contributes to ensuring a sustainable and accessible global food system. 

Rustic Roots is located in Beatty Dining Commons.


Mindful is Sodexo's health & wellness approach that helps you make healthy choices second nature! We are committed to creating healthy environments for our customers. Central to this effort is providing healthy, nutritious foods. The result of this initiative is an approach that focuses on transparency of ingredients, delicious food, satisfying portions and clarity in message so that you can make Mindful choices!

Mindful offerings meet stringent nutritional criteria based on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Each meal part is limited in calories, has fewer than 30% of calories as fat, fewer than 10 % of calories as saturated fat, and is restricted in sodium, and cholesterol. Look for the Mindful icon to indulge in the healthy and delicious items offered at each meal.


Our station and online menus include key nutritional information. Look for the Mindful, Vegetarian, Vegan, or other icons to easily identify menu items that focus on wellness and other dietary preferences.*

Our menu system supplies ingredient statements specifically highlighting gluten and the Top 9 allergens: milk, eggs, shellfish, fish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat, soy, and sesame. You may check on the presence of allergens prior to planning your meals using our online menus. The absence of allergens listed on posted or electronic product signage is not a guarantee that the product is free of that allergen. You will be responsible for communicating your allergy to a supervisor or manager to ensure your safety.

*These icons are not present on national brand menus like Einstein Bros. Bagels, Starbucks, or Fooda partners. Please reach out toeatatcof.usa@sodexo.comto request this information if needed.

VegetarianMenu items with the vegetarian icon contain no meat, fish or poultry, or any meat products such as soup base. Our vegetarian offerings meet the needs of lacto-ovo vegetarians and may include eggs and/or dairy products.

VeganVegan offerings contain no meat, fish, eggs, milk or other animal-derived products such as honey.

Plant Based IconPlant-based offerings are plant-derived and sugar and honey may be included.

Mindful IconLocate a healthier choice! All Mindful offerings meet stringent nutritional criteria based on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Each Mindful item is limited in calories, has fewer than 30% of calories from fat, fewer than 10% of calories from saturated fat, and is restricted in sodium and cholesterol.