Healthy Eating

Bentley University is committed to providing an accessible, equitable, and inclusive dining experience. As part of this mission, we strive to meet the dietary needs of all participants. If you have a specific dietary needs, please contact Tim DiLeo to discuss appropriate accommodations.

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

Talk to Us about Your Food Allergies and Diet Needs!
We here at Bentley University Dining Services strive to ensure all students have a safe and enjoyable experience while away from home. All dining managers are trained and certified in Allergen Awareness. 
Students with special dietary needs are expected to communicate their dietary restrictions and requirements to the Bentley Dining Team. We take pride in serving you wholesome ingredients, preparing recipes accurately, and providing nutritional analysis and ingredient statements through our online menus. From our general manager to our front line servers, we work carefully to address food allergies, intolerances, and other special dietary needs. To help students with allergies or special dietary needs, we have the following options. 
We want to meet one-on-one with you if you have individual dining needs to ensure that your dining experience is safe, delicious, and social. If you have a food allergy/special dietary concern, please contact our Campus Dietitian, Michelle Switach or send us a note using the feedback form.
*The Health Center and all Campus Police have epi-pens available for emergency situations.
Newly Renovated! Simple Servings, our award-winning resident dining option, provides safe and appetizing food choices for our customers with food allergies, gluten intolerance, and those who prefer simple food. Simple Servings proactively address most of the ingredients that account for 90% of all food-allergy reactions: milk, eggs, wheat, soy, shellfish, peanuts, and tree nuts. The 8th FDA specified allergen, fin fish, is included in the offer. However it is only ever included in ‘obvious’ fish dishes- whole pieces of fish. No fish sauce etc. is ever allowed at Simple Servings.
Simple Servings also recognizes the current skyrocketing demand for gluten-free foods, which certain students may require out of medical necessity (celiac disease) or simply by choice. Simple Servings is a gluten-free station. Simple Servings staff members are carefully trained to avoid cross-contact with food allergens and thus food is prepared on separate equipment to limit possibility of cross contact.Simple Serving
Newly Renovated! My Zone is a gluten-free, peanut and tree-nut free area reserved for people with allergies and other special diet needs. My Zone is a “pantry” where food items needed by customers with celiac disease or food allergies can be housed with precautions against cross-contamination. This special area gives students the ability to be involved in their own allergen-safe meal preparation. My Zone has the flexibility to be large or small, to include account-prepared meals or purchased items, and to address other special needs such as kosher or halal foods. My Zone will always be free of gluten-containing ingredients and products, as well as tree nut and peanut products. My Zone April 6th


Our website allows students to filter daily menus at the 921 Dining Hall and LaCava Café based on a student’s dietary preferences as well as allergens. This helps our students plan their meals accordingly throughout the day or week.
• Simply select the Dining Near Me section that is located under the hamburger menu on the top right of the our home page
• Select the 921 Dining Hall or LaCava Café location
• Select the date and meal period you will be dining with us
• Scroll to the bottom of the page and follow the instructions on how to filter out or highlight meals that meet your dietary needs
Mindful is our 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.mindful-icon-35x32.png

All Halal items will have the Halal logo next it to help identify them. At The 921 Halal chicken will be offered daily at the salad bar, in the chicken salad at the deli as well as the chicken at the pasta station. Halal chicken and beef will also be offered at Simple Servings, Mexican station and Asian Stir fry stations on a rotating basis. At The La Cava Café we will have Halal chicken at the deli and pasta station every day.


We understand there are important steps into making sure these items are prepared the correct way. Our employees have been participating in allergen trainings and have been specifically trained on how to prepare Halal food. Our employees use separate pots and pans when preparing items made with Halal food. You can expect to see them using green pots and pans to avoid cross contamination. 

Vegetarian-35x35.png Menu 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.

Utilization of our website and filtering to your preference is the best way to get an idea of the meals that will be available to you. Some other options are:

  • You can customize your meal at stations like the pasta, grill and omelet station inside the 921 as well as at Harry's, Currito, and Einstein Bros. Bagels. 
  • Two salad bars on campus that have a wide variety of options for items as well as dressings. 
  • Fruit and parfait bar every morning at the 921 dining hall. 

Vegan-35x35.png Vegan offerings contain no meat, fish, eggs, milk or other animal-derived products such as honey.

Utilization of our website and filtering to your preference is the best way to get an idea of the meals that will be available to you. Some other options are:

  • Vegan station at the 921 dining hall offers breakfast, lunch and dinner vegan items. A rotation of Vegan desserts are served at this station.  
  • You can customize your meal at stations like the pasta, grill and omelet station inside the 921 as well as at Harry's, Currito, and Einstein Bros. Bagels. 
  • Two salad bars on campus that have a wide variety of options for items as well as dressings. 
  • Fruit and parfait bar every morning at the 921 dining hall. 
Kosher IconKosher offerings are those that comply with a strict policy of kosher food laws, including cleanliness, purity, and quality. The Kosher Corner at 921 is located inside the servery between the grill and entrée stations 7 days a week.  Here you will have the option of selected pre-packaged meals for lunch and dinner that are currently being provided from Catering by Andrew. Catering by Andrew is supervised by KVH Rabbinical Council of New England.
Utilizing Simple Servings station at the 921 dining hall is the safest way for a student to ensure there is no cross contact with any potential allergens. For students that do not have severe allergies or are working on a special dietary program, we do offer the following gluten free options on campus and have safety measures in place to try to keep these specialty safe from cross contact as possible. Some of the steps we take are: 
Safety Measures
• Hourly employees are trained on how to properly handle gluten free items
• Items are built on separate deli paper to help reduce cross contact
• Specialty color coded knifes and equipment is utilized to reduce cross contact
• A Dietician that can assist with any questions
• Please know, we may not be able to toast or warm up items based on cross contact, ask a manager for assistance if this is desired
Available items
• My Zone items that include Udi’s bagels and pizzas as well other menu items
• Gluten free bread at all delis
• Gluten free rolls at all grills
• Gluten free pasta at all pasta stations
• Pre-packaged retail items at the Lower Café, i.e. Café Spice
• Gluten free brownies and cookies in My Zone

Tim DiLeo

Tim DiLeo, MS, RD, CSSD is available for complimentary consultations on topics such as:

  • Food allergies, celiac disease, or other special dietary needs
  • Eating healthy on campus
  • Vegan and vegetarian dining
  • Food allergy management and support for all students
  • Special diet accommodation requests
  • Nutrition education and guidance
  • Dining hall tours
  • Nutrition and wellness programming
  • Sports nutrition
  • Counseling
The dining team works to create healthy food options across campus and is available to assist students in making sustainable changes to their diet that fit their lifestyle.

Have questions about your nutrition? Or just interested in learning more about the food and dining on campus? Let’s chat! Contact Tim!