There’s actually only one meal “plan” covered under the College’s room and board, but this isn’t to say there aren’t options. Each student has three meals a day during the week, and two during the weekends. There are two dining options: the Dining Hall (D-Hall) and the Student Center (studez).
The D-Hall is a buffet style option with different hot meals at each meal and constant salad, sandwich, cereal, yogurt/fruit, and ice cream bars. The Dining Hall also has a ~shiny, new~ grill station to make your own paninis, stir fries, etc. (I have a friend who made apple crisp en D-Hall!) The Student Center is grill and grocery style, with burgers, sandwiches, and salads made to order, as well as drinks, snacks, and quick meals for those in transit. In addition to these options, cooking at home is totally possible! All student houses have full kitchens to combine ingredients from local grocery stores, farms, and the on-campus facilities. Each student finds their own food groove, and their own favorites.
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Warning: Stock photos ahead, including this gem -
xo Sam ‘16
If you haven’t already set up a visit, set up a visit here or call Admissions ((802)440-4312) and talk to one of our lovely visit coordinators. If you already have a planned visit but have not signed up for a class I would still call a visit coordinator! There are a lot of classes you can sit in on in a variety of disciplines and the teachers usually enjoy having prospective students.
I’ve never had food at another school run by Aramark but I will answer this question as honestly as possible. There are two places you can eat on campus: the Dining Hall (D-Hall) and the Student Center (Studes). There are many great things like wok stations, really nice ice cream, FRESH FRUIT, wrap and sandwich station, soups (I am a soup fanatic) and some really nice entrees. That being said there are usually only 3 or 4 “entrees” to eat, and if you don’t like them (sometimes I don’t) then it’s time to make a stir-fry or sandwich (which are really yummy but take time to make). What’s good about the d-hall is there are several options for vegetarians (which I am) or vegans (like friends of mine) or meat-loving carnivores (like other friends of mine). My sister (who is lactose-intolerant and gluten-free) really enjoyed the food. This is the first year of Aramark so the food is still “in transition”. The food is definitely better than my friend’s colleges but that’s just in my opinion. The Student Center has regular diner food and a convenience store-like market. The fries are delicious. After this long rambling explanation the best thing I would suggest is waiting for your visit and seeing for yourself.
Arden J. ‘16
This past Friday, I organized an event to raise money for my Social Practices in Art course. Each student has to raise $20, so we can have spending money for projects later in the term.
I requested that each person invited bring one vegetable and a $5 dollar donation. With the vegetables that arrived, I made six dishes and brown rice. I cooked the following: roasted cauliflower and squash, sauteed mushrooms, tamari stir-fried asparagus, sautéed kale and onion, sautéed kale with onion and carrots, and grilled broccoli and zucchini with garlic.
Overall, there was a great turnout and, surprisingly, all the food turned out well.
-Kate D. ‘14
Yep. Carlos hit the nail on the head.
My own two cents: I have some dietary constraints and the dining hall is fantastic about getting me the food I need and it is all good.
A couple things —
You’ll probably get a good slap on the wrist for taking hot food out of the dining hall BUT you are allowed to leave the dining hall with ice cream, cookies, and/or fruit.
You can refill/get coffee in a number of places around campus: the bookstore (bring your own mug and it’s free!), the admissions office (always free), the library, the student center, and the dining hall.
…and there may be some other secret spots around campus where you can get caffeinated.
There’s two places to get food on the meal plan, and the rules are slightly different for either so let me drop some knowledge:
Student Center - open for lunch (11:30-1:30) and dinner (5-6:30). When you get food here, you have a set amount of money alotted to your card by the meal plan that you can use for food - at lunch, it’s $7.20, and at dinner, $9.25. You can spend more than that if you want, you just have to pay out of pocket (or using the points on your card). The Student Center has a full kitchen where food is made to order; a convenience store; and grab-n-go.
Dining Hall - open for breakfast (7:30-9(?)), lunch (11:30-1:30), and dinner (5-6:30). Plenty of food options, all you can eat at every meal. There are different entree choices every day which always include a meat, vegetarian, and vegan option (and, often, one or all are gluten-free). In addition to the main entree stuff, there is a salad bar, sandwich bar, pasta station, daily soup, ice cream, and drink machines (and probably some other stuff I’m forgetting).
So yeah! Hope that answers your question.
Field Work Term is our cooking class. It is when we master the art of ramen, peanut butter and jelly and easy mac. I’m joking, but I’m also not: Bennington doesn’t offer cooking classes, but there is nothing stopping you from using your FWT as a time to explore that interest, either in your own kitchen or working at a restaurant. Actually, I had a friend who did just that her freshman year. Extra-curricularly your hunger for food (is that a pun…I can’t tell) might be fulfilled through the student garden or Bennington Sustainable Food Project. The student’s in each tend to have a culinary flair.
We get a lot of questions on tour about how the food is here. It’s a great question and I don’t think people take me seriously enough when I say it’s phenomenal. Here’s a few selections from the dinner menu this week to give you an idea of how well we eat here:
Tuesday: (Indian night) Beef vindaloo, chickpea & spinach curry, Rajma Chawal (Red bean and rice curry), steamed baby carrots and cauliflower, basmati rice, naan bread, chocolate banana cake with vanilla frosting
Wednesday: Jamaican style jerk chicken, lemon-pepper tilapia, spiced sweet potatoes with honey, szechuan tofu squares and seasonal vegetables, coconut steamed jasmine rice, carrots and steamed broccoli, shortcake (blueberry, peach or strawberry)
Thursday: Gourmet burger bar with your favorite toppings, boca burgers with peppers & onions, baked mac&cheese, steamed kale, corn, steak fries, pina colada cake
Friday: Turkey meatloaf with caramelized onions, balsamic red lentils, vegan mushroom seitan roast, baked acorn squash with brown sugar, harvard beets, vegetable medley, pecan pie with whipped cream
…Yum. See you at dinner!