Healthy Eating

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 management team to our front line servers, we work carefully to address food allergies, celiac diets, or other special dietary needs.

Food Allergies

Students with Food Allergy Resources

An increasing number of students are coming to campus faced with dietary restrictions. This is especially concerning to students and parents when faced with a new environment away from home. Denver Dining Services is committed to meeting the needs of students with food allergies. Our expectations are for you to enjoy meals on campus with food you can eat without compromising nutrition, flavor or variety. Below are the steps we take to ensure our students have a dining plan that meets their dietary requirements.

Gluten-Free Options

The Gluten Intolerant Options Program (G.I.O.) was designed to allow students with a gluten dietary restriction to swipe for a gluten-free item at no-additional charge. Students on this program must submit proper documentation and be approved by the Campus Dietitian. Students not on this program can still get gluten-free items at dining locations by simply paying an additional fee.

Meet the Dietitian

Gina Vega, RD

Gina Vega is our Registered Dietitian, Nutritionist and Sustainability Manager; her love for nutrition began at a young age while working a local family-owned organic farmer’s markets. This early exposure to food sparked her interest in food and its effects on the body.

Gina received her Bachelors of Science degree in Human Nutrition and Dietetics from Metropolitan State University of Denver and she completed her dietetic internship with Sodexo. Throughout her internship and work exposure in the dietetic world she has honed in her skills in hospitality, research, and clinical.  She has boarded her skill set by acquiring a ServSafe Certified and becoming an Allergy Certified Master Trainer with AllerTrain.

Gina is dedicated to making the food on campus more delicious, nutritious, sustainable, and easier to navigate for those with dietary allergies and restrictions.  She looks forward to meeting students across campus and helping them build lifelong healthy habits.

Her nutrition philosophy is based on a core method that inspires you to consume nourishing and delicious food, endure the life you desire, and truly prosper in every area of your life.

Students eating on campus can book an appointment with Gina here:

Book a Dietitian Appointment 

For incoming students with an allergy / dietary concern, book an appointment with Gina and/or 

Gina also writes a monthly blog on all things nutrition and wellness. Click below and subscribe to stay in the loop!

Gina’s Blog - Coming Soon!

Tracy Williams, Director of Operations

Allergy and Alternative Diets Resource

Tracy has a wealth food service experience and has been employed with Sodexo since 2003 in various leadership roles. Prior to working for Sodexo Tracy was in the Hospitality industry as an Operations Manager and Executive Chef.
Tracy developed his passion for food from his parents, mainly his mother as he was very hands on in the kitchen with her. His family grew and harvested fresh vegetables which further sparked his desire to be in the food service industry.
Over the past few years Tracy has expanded his knowledge of health and wellness.  He has the responsibility of working with students that have restricted diets, allergies and directs the campus food sustainability program in conjunction with the Office of Sustainability. The aforementioned has made him more conscientious and resourceful when creating menus to meet the students’ and campus needs.
Tracy is very passionate about local foods, and also loves seafood like Maryland Crab Cakes made with Blue Crab from the Chesapeake Bay and Seafood Gumbo in Louisiana using gulf shrimp and oysters and the like.  If you ask him, he would be happy to give you a great recipe.

Coming to campus? Contact Gina and/or Tracy to set up a one on one appointment to discuss allergies and alternative diets.

Book an Dietitian Appointment

Gina Vega, Registered Dietitian

Gina is available to discuss food & nutrition concerns with the University of Denver students eating on campus. Follow the prompts to book a 30-minute appointment. Please email if the times do not work with your schedule. 

Navigating Campus Food with an Allergy or Intolerance
30 min
1745 South High Street, Denver CO 80210
Denver Dining makes a concerted effort to help students navigate the campus food that have a food allergy or intolerance. This meeting will be with both the Registered Dietitian and Operation’s Manager. 

Navigating Campus Food with a Health Condition
30 min
1745 South High Street, Denver CO 80210
For those that need help navigating food on campus for a medical condition including celiac disease, diabetes, crohn's disease, IBS, etc.

Navigating Campus Food with an Alternative Diet
30 min
1745 South High Street, Denver CO 80210
This appointment is for those that need help navigating food on campus with an alternative diet, including vegan, vegetarian, plant based, etc. 

Eating Well on Campus
30 min
1745 South High Street, Denver CO 80210
Meet with the dietitian to discuss how to eat well on the meal plan

My Zone

In addition to menus you can enjoy, Centennial and Nelson Dining Halls also offers stocked coolers with Allergy Free food alternatives. This includes gluten free, dairy free, and nut free breads/milks/cheeses/desserts and much more. It provides additional options beyond the hot food production we can offer you. In addition all DU cafeterias include ingredient listings for all foods displayed in the serving line and on the TV screens to make sure you are informed. If there are products you would like to be added to this cooler please inform the manager or nutritionist and they will be happy to respond.

  • Director of Resident Dining- Tracy Williams
  • Registered Dietitian - Gina Vega

Simple Servings

Simple Servings @ Nagel Hall Market is our allergen-safe, dining option for our customers with food allergies or gluten intolerance. This station offers food free from peanuts, tree nuts, shellfish, wheat, soy, milk products, eggs, and gluten-containing ingredients. Simple Servings staff members are carefully trained to avoid cross-contact with food allergens.

AllerTrain Certified Staff

Denver Dining prides itself on working directly with our students to exceed their expectations. Our team of culinary trained chefs, experienced supervisors and production personnel take pride in making students happy and are required to be certified Allertrain. This program provides understanding and education on how we should work with every student, regardless of their allergies.

Mindful mindful-icon

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.

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.