Allergies/ Dietary Requests
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.
Schedule a Meeting With Our Managers
Depending on where you live on campus we recommend a meeting with our management team, dietitian and nutritionist in the dining hall closest to your residence hall. By allowing us to get to know you and your preferences we are better prepared to have food available for you. It also provides for open communication on how things are going and what other options we should be working on for you. We will go to great lengths not to make you feel uncomfortable or singled out. You are not alone as we support many other students with similar issues. This is a service we are happy to provide to ensure meeting your expectations. Our dietitian, Gina Vega and nutritionist, Eva Bennett will touch base with you weekly. You will also be able to meet with the manager and chef as often as you feel necessary. The Resident District Manager will be available any time you feel we are not meeting your needs.
To schedule the first meeting please contact Ira Simon, Resident District Manager, Denver Dining by Sodexo.
For parents and students touring campus and still uncertain on where you are going to attend college, please contact us prior to your tour. We are happy to schedule a meeting to discuss DU’s meal plans. Please contact Ira Simon via email ira.Simon@sodexo.com or phone (303) 871-7757.
Fully Stocked Alternative Allergy Free Products
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
Dining Nutritionist- Eva Bennett
Registered Dietitian - Gina Vega
Simple Servings - Nagel Hall Market
Nagel Hall Market offers an Allergy Free venue called Simple Servings, an award-winning wellness concept.Simple Servings features delicious, homemade meals, prepared without 7 of the 8 FDA most common allergens. We serve fin fish. You can enjoy a delicious meal without any of the following allergens:
• GLUTEN (WHEAT)
• TREE NUTS
When dining at Simple Servings in Nagel Hall, you will find favorites like roast pork, rotisserie chicken, baked sweet potatoes, steamed green beans, and much more! You don't have to compromise flavor when eating allergen free food! Simple Serving menus also meet our Mindful criteria, and 75% of the menu is considered healthy choices.
Knowing about customer preferences and limitations allows us to plan our menu to best meet everyone’s needs. Please introduce yourself to Janelle Beluscak at (303) 871-7589. Janelle and her staff love to get to know our students and they are able to provide menu options that may not be available on the serving line for you.
Simple Servings: providing convenient, delicious, and secure options for you. Focus on your future, not your food allergy.
AllerTrain Certified Staff
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.