NUTRITION AND ALLERGIES
Making healthy lifestyle choices like eating right is important for students to do their best during college. Michigan State University offers a variety of healthy food options to choose from in all of campus' residential dining halls and retail food venues, including menu items to support ovo-lacto vegetarianism and vegan diets.
If you have a food allergies or intolerances, or are required to follow a special diet, MSU Culinary Services can assist in providing resources and information to help you make safe choices while still having a great dining experience when you Eat at State. Our Culinary Services team identifies the eight major allergens on our campus menu items: milk, eggs, soy, nuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish and wheat, as well as dietary restrictions of alcohol, beef, and pork. By using MSUtrition and working with our registered dietitian and executive chefs, you can find ingredient information and see which menu options are safe for you.
MSU makes every effort to thoroughly train our staff, and label food allergens in the residential dining halls and retail food venues; however, ingredients and nutritional content may change from time to time without our knowledge due to manufacturing changes, recipe substitutions and other outlying factors. Please be aware that food items are prepared in a shared kitchen and do pose a risk for cross-contamination. Guests with allergies and specific ingredient concerns are encouraged to consult our registered dietitian, executive chefs or dining hall managers.
Students with concerns should make contact with the manager and/or chef in their unit to assist in navigating the menus. Below are the contacts for each neighborhood:
Executive Chef Dave Brown: firstname.lastname@example.org or 517-355-7470
Sous Chef Joe Murphy: email@example.com or 517-355-7470
Executive Chef Jonathan Hughes: firstname.lastname@example.org
Executive Chef Jason Strotheide: email@example.com or 517-353-2234
Sous Chef Brian Guadagnini: firstname.lastname@example.org or 517-353-2234
River Trail Neighborhood
Executive Chef Kevin Cruz: email@example.com or 517-355-0244
Sous Chef Bryan Latz: firstname.lastname@example.org or 517-355-5007
Executive Chef Brian Kremkow: email@example.com or 517-281-0844
Sous Chef Jim Cummings: firstname.lastname@example.org or 517-355-4643
Sous Chef Norbert Dill: email@example.com or 517-353-2234
Culinary Services offers a kosher meal service program at the Kosher Cuisine venue at Wilson Dining Hall and Brody Square. Kosher meals are served during the dinner meal period, starting at 4 p.m., Sunday through Thursday of each week.
To accommodate kosher rules, all foods served through the program are prepared in a kosher kitchen at Woody's Oasis restaurant in East Lansing. The program is certified by Kosher Michigan (www.koshermichigan.com). All meals served through the program at the dining hall are identified with a "Kosher" food icon.
MSU's kosher meal service program was developed in partnership with Rabbi Jason Miller of Kosher Michigan, Cindy Hughey, director of the East Lansing Hillel Jewish Student Center, and Chuck Raad, principle owner of Woody's Oasis restaurant in East Lansing.
During Passover, in addition to extensive meatless options available, our dining halls serve Matzos, hard-boiled eggs, tuna fish and cheese. In addition, several traditional Jewish dishes are incorporated into the menu. Single service disposable dinnerware is also available upon request.
MSU Hillel offers meals on Friday Nights (Shabbat) and during the week of Passover. Shabbat dinners are free for students and RSVP is preferred. Students can reserve Passover meals (lunch and dinner) by contacting MSU Hillel.
Students who have an on-campus dining plan may be refunded their Shabbat and Passover meals by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sparty's locations also offer a variety of Kosher options (opens as a PDF). Kosher items are indicated by the shaded box in the "Kosher" column.
Snack Attack packs for special dietary needs are available at Sparty's. Get your pack in any of the following varieties:
We also offer entree options to accommodate students wishing to keep halal. In addition, Culinary Services retail operations have some pre-packaged foods, as well as some prepared halal options at Riverwalk Market at Owen Hall and Holmes Dining. Riverwalk Market options are available through Combo-X-Change for residents and on a cash basis for those not on a dining plan.
Halal items are served at Riverwalk Market at Owen Hall on the following schedule:
- Monday, Wednesday and Friday: Lunch
- Tuesday and Thursday: Dinner