Dining Services

Dana’s Dish Room is Fully Reopened

  • We have made it our priority to reopen our dish room to full capacity this semester so there will no longer be disposables in Dana. We are able to make this decision by filling our dish room shifts first and are committed to keeping it fully operational. This does come with potential tradeoffs which include closing down food stations and less staff to work in the front of house on food lines and the dining room if needed. We are focusing on recruiting and retaining our staff with concerted effort, however we continue to face shortages since the pandemic.
  • There is an option for takeout by using our green, reusable containers which can be purchased from our cashiers in Dana. There is a $5 buy in to the program and all you need to do is rinse out the container after use, return it to Dana and you will receive a new one, or given a token to be redeemed at another time. Our staff wash and sanitize the containers for you!

New Plant Forward Food Option at Northstar Café

  • There is a new plant based food station now at Northstar Café! As we pilot this program there will be two options for two weeks and another two options for two weeks, then it repeats. The station is located next to the deli and can be ordered on the GET app or the kiosk located in the seating area. These bowls are 100% vegan and no animal proteins or products will be used at this station.
  • We continue to see requests for more vegan, vegetarian and healthy options, specifically at Northstar and believe this pilot program will be a success! Thank you for continued feedback through our annual NACUFS survey as it helps us to form these decisions for our community!

New Food Bars at Dana

  • This semester we have added two new food bars as part of our menu rotation in Dana. These include an Indian Curry Bar and a Korean Bibimbap Bar and each will be featured once every four weeks and served the same way as the Taco Bar. We hope you enjoy them!

New Beverage Line at Time Out Café

  • Time Out Café will now be serving cold Tractor Beverages in three delicious flavors: Green Tea, Lemonade and Strawberry Dragon Fruit! You can mix the flavors too!
  • These beverages use clean, non GMO ingredients and are organic, kosher, vegan and gluten free!
  • Read more about the company here: https://drinktractor.com/

St. Lawrence University is a four-year residential University, requiring its students to live and eat on campus during each semester. We operate our own dining service, one of the most student-oriented dining services in the country. Catering to your needs is our prime objective and we truly want to satisfy you. We offer wholesome, nutritious, home-style, traditional meals as well as fast food and convenience store items for those who prefer them. 

Local Foods and Sustainable Products

Dining Services works in partnership with North Country Grown Cooperative and other local businesses to provide local foods on our menus.  Some of our local products include maple syrup, milk, apple cider, spring water and local produce in season.  We are proud to serve organic fair-trade coffee as well.

We also purchase biodegradable products such as napkins, disposable plates, and take-out containers.

Recipes from Home Program

We invite all incoming first-years and their parents to join our recipe program. We're always searching for new ideas for our dining hall menus. Often we hear students say, "My Mom makes the best spaghetti I've ever had!" or "Why can't you make barbecued chicken, as well as Dad, can?" For over 20 years we have invited parents and students to send recipes from home, and the results have been terrific!

Send us your family favorite, or a recipe that hits the spot with you. After converting it to serve 2,000 and testing the emerging recipe, we'll add it to the menu. We'll even spread your fame: Betty Smith's Mom's Spaghetti with Zucchini or Steve Carter's Dad's BBQ Chicken will bring rave reviews. The recipe form is available on the Recipes from Home page so that you can return it with all other FYP information.


St. Lawrence University Dining Services makes every attempt to identify ingredients that might cause allergic reactions for those with food allergies. Food items with known allergens are identified with a card placed near the food item.  Managers and cooks are certified by AllerTrain safe food handling procedures to provide customers with allergies and gluten intolerances allergy-friendly foods.  Every effort is made to instruct our food production staff on the severity of food allergies. There is always a risk of contamination. There is also a possibility that manufacturers of the commercial foods we use could change or substitute at any time, without notice. Customers concerned with food allergies need to be aware of this risk. St. Lawrence University Dining Services will not assume any liability for adverse reactions to food consumed, or items one may come in contact with while eating at any University establishments. Students/customers with food allergies are encouraged to contact Dining Services at St. Lawrence University for additional information and/or support.


Our award-winning Dining Services program offers access to meals and snacks seven days a week, 7:30 am to 8:30 pm, in our traditional Dining Center.  Our students have different options based first on your class year and then, for returning students, on the lifestyle choices that have developed in your campus experience.

All students who live in our residence halls are required to dine in our facilities; our staff and their creations are so good.  The Daily Meal is a New York City-based magazine that covers restaurants, food trends, healthy dining, and cooking.  It ranks St. Lawrence University as one of the Best Colleges for Food in America.

Dining locations include Dana Dining Center, Northstar Cafe, Time-Out Cafe (lunch only), Johnson Grab N Go (lunch only), and Spartacus Cafe (lunch only).


Marijo Haggett
Director of Dining and Conference Services