Food – it’s the fuel that keeps your body and mind running in top form. In the SJU Residence, it’s also a catalyst that boosts the power of community. Meals become connection points where we share not just what’s on our plates, but also what’s in our hearts and minds as we digest the events of our day and make plans for tomorrow. What exactly was the prof getting at in class today? Who’s up for a quick game of ping pong?
Whether you’re already living in the SJU Residence, or you’re considering applying for next term, we hope this summary gives you everything you need to know about our meal plan.
You may have moved away from the home you grew up in, but we want the SJU Residence to feel like a close substitute -- which includes sitting down to family dinners. That’s why your all-inclusive meal plan is covered by your residence fees. No need to keep track of a declining balance or worry about trips to the grocery store during exams. You just have to show up in the caf and dig in!
And you can go ahead and invite your friends over, too, because everyone is welcome. In fact, St. Jerome’s has a reputation as one of the most popular places to eat on campus. Your guests can just pay cash, credit or debit.
Just as you’re always aiming for top marks in your studies, our chefs also strive for high grades when they’re slicing and dicing, mixing and stirring, baking and frying behind the scenes. Here’s the course outline of their daily assignments:
- Varied rotating three-week menu
- Choice of hot and cold entrees
- Vegetarian options at every meal
- Daily deli sandwich and salad bars
- Homemade desserts and breads
Your muscles aren’t the only part of you that requires nourishment. Your brain is also hoping for the high-grade fuel it needs for peak performance. So look for the Balanced Choices symbol that identifies healthier selections, and treat your whole body.
If you’re a resident, you might already have experienced memorable theme menus, house and floor dinners, and popular special-event culinary delights like these:
- Menutainment – a special entertaining menu item cooked to order. When the menu includes one of these varied chef’s choices, such as pasta or stir fry, you can customize it to suit your tastes.
- Theme dinner nights – Favourites include “Breakfast for Dinner” (You won’t want to skip this one!), Pasta Night, Food Court (like shopping-mall retail therapy), The Letter “S” (brought to you by memories of Sesame Street), and fajita and taco bars.
- Your Kitchen to Ours – We ask your family to send in a favourite recipe for our chefs to whip up so that you can enjoy a taste of home.
Our servery, located in the D.R. Letson Community Centre, is open from 7:30 a.m to 7:00 p.m. during the week and from 9:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on weekends, with drinks, fruit, and snacks always available during those hours.
|Monday - Friday||
Breakfast: 7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Lunch: 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Dinner: 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
|Saturday & Sunday||
Continental Breakfast: 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Brunch: 10:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Dinner: 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
As part of our comprehensive food service program provided by Dana Hospitality, St. Jerome’s University offers an evening ‘pantry’ initiative. The Buttery is included in the price students pay to live in residence.
What is the Buttery?
The Buttery is a kitchen located on the main floor of Ryan & Siegfried Halls where Dana Hospitality staff oversees a DIY-style snack program. Students can make a variety of food items as well as access cooking instruction and equipment.
What are the hours?
Our self-serve Buttery is open in the evenings (Monday to Thursday) between 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. during the Fall and Winter terms. Students are encouraged to drop by with floor-mates and enjoy a nutritious snack and get involved in the interactive cooking classes.
The Buttery typically opens during the first week of class each term. A short floor orientation is booked so that students understand how they can use the space and access its offerings.
What does the Buttery offer?
The Buttery is stocked by Dana Hospitality to ensure food safety and reduce the risk of cross-contamination. We ask that if students bring their own ingredients or menu items that they do not bring nut based products.
If you have ideas or requests for offerings and programming, please contact Dana Hospitality.
Students with dietary restrictions should speak with the Residence Office prior to completing an application to ensure we can maintain a menu to suit your needs. In collaboration with Dana Hospitality, our food service partner, we make every effort to develop a full service meal plan that widely suits the needs of our students.
Students moving into residence will be asked to share any information pertaining to dietary restrictions and preferences within the Lifestyle & Preferences Form. This information is provided to our Food Service Partner to ensure all parties are accommodated, where possible. Students are strongly encouraged to arrange a meeting with the Chef or Food Service Director within the first few days of moving in to residence.
There are a range of allergies that our Food Service Partner is experienced in navigating. These range from serious allergies to less common highly specialized food sensitivities. Students are encouraged to advocate for themselves when their needs are in question.
Please note that even though our Food Service Provider makes every attempt to mitigate the most common food allergies, we cannot guarantee our facilities are free from specific allergens of concerns. Please contact the Residence Office to discuss your particular needs.
Don’t worry, there’ll be more than just a hunk of tofu waiting for you. Our kitchen is experienced in preparing a wide variety of delicious vegan and vegetarian meals.
Students who require specific diets due to medical conditions such as Celiac Disease, Diabetes and other intolerances are encouraged to advocate for themselves and maintain a free-flow of communication with our Food Services Partner.
Religious and/or Cultural Food Requirements
Students who require food that adheres with specific religious or cultural requirements are encouraged to reach out to our food services team, please contact us here.
Because we value continuous improvement, you’re encouraged to let us know how we’re doing. After all, your ideas can inspire action in the dining room, too!
- Talk to the staff about special orders or any other input you’d like to share
- Submit one of the comment cards you’ll find in the cafeteria
- Complete one of our twice-yearly surveys