Why is the availability of products changing in my café?
Due to the cumulative impact of the coronavirus, most companies are confronting labor shortages and many are also battling a scarcity of raw materials. This can mean that deliveries are delayed and/or certain foods and products such as your café’s standard to-go containers and disposable cutlery are temporarily unavailable. Bon Appétit’s on-site and corporate purchasing teams are working hard to source appropriate alternative products and secure adequate supplies in advance but you should expect last-minute menu changes or shifts in how to-go meals are packaged. If you have concerns about the availability of a particular product please contact Amy Jackson: [email protected]
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- Breakfast Served from 8:00 am - 9:00 am
- Lunch 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
- Dinner 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
- Breakfast Mon-Fri, 8:00 am - 9:00 am
- Brunch Sat-Sun, 10:30 am - 1:00 pm
- Lunch Mon-Fri, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
- Dinner Mon-Fri, 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
- Dinner Sat-Sun, 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Inside the Campus Center on the main level, Café Mac features grab and go salads, pizzas, Asian style cuisine, and burgers.
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Food Recovery Verified
Bon Appétit at Macalester is fighting food waste and hunger by recovering surplus perishable food from our campus that would otherwise go to waste and donating it to people in need through loaves and fishes.
Loaves and Fishes – Meals. Kindness. Comfort.
A volunteer-driven organization that provides healthy meals to Minnesotans in areas where need is greatest.
Learn more about the Food Recovery Network
and Bon Appétit’s food recovery efforts
Serving Students with Food Allergies and Celiac Disease
The dining services team is well-trained in food allergy awareness and offer a number of options for students with food allergies and celiac disease. This includes communication about and modification to existing menu items, special preparation and advanced ordering of menu items, and access to special products as agreed upon with students.
Daily menus for each café can be accessed at Macalester.cafebonappetit.com. Menu items that are appropriate options for most students with celiac disease are labeled as “made without gluten-containing ingredients” and can be filtered to streamline searching using the dietary preferences filter. Top-9 allergens are included in menu names and/or descriptions whenever possible. For more on eating with a food allergy in our café, visit this page. Further questions about ingredients can be answered by our trained managers/chefs on-site.
Dining Without the Top-9
We understand that our guests with special dietary needs, albeit food allergies, celiac disease, lactose intolerance, or any other medically necessary diet simply want a safe place to make food choices, quickly. To allow guests to have readily available options that meet their needs, we offer SimplyOASIS — a destination in the café where all meals are prepared without the use of top-9 allergens* plus gluten through the sole use of whole foods.
*Sesame is now the 9th major allergen. However, manufacturers have until 1/2023 to update package labels. Our platform will exclude added sesame in the form of seeds, tahini (sesame paste), and sesame oil, but sources of sesame may not be detectable on package labels. Please speak with a manager if you have a sesame allergy.
For additional information on dining with food allergies and celiac disease, view this supplemental guide.
For questions about these services or to request food allergy accommodations, students should contact:
Amy Tomes, General Manager
We are committed to the safety of all of our guests! Foodservice staff at Macalester College have completed a FARECheck Silver certified food allergen training program. FARECheck is a program that reviews and certifies food allergy training materials. This program was developed by Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) in conjunction with Compass Group/Bon Appétit Management Company.
As a FARECheck certified campus, you can be assured that our in-house allergen training provides evidence-based information on food allergies and best practices for allergy-aware management. Our training covers an array of topics from an overview of food allergies, anaphylaxis, and reducing risk for cross-contact to communication protocols, and emergency response preparedness. All foodservice staff receive allergy awareness training twice per year and understand the importance of keeping food allergies top of mind. For help navigating your food choices on campus, please reach out to a member of our management team.
Residential and Commuter Meal Plans
19 meal plan – 19 meals / week
All first-year students have this plan for the first semester.
14 meal plan – 14 meals / week.
Includes an additional $125 in Flex money per semester to be used at Café Mac ,Grille, Atrium Market, and Scotty’s.
10 meal plan – 10 meals / week.
Include an additional $200 in Flex money per semester to be used at Café Mac ,Grille, Atrium Market, and Scotty’s.
All Flex Plan
Receive a semester balance of $1200 in Flex cash to be used at Café Mac, Grille, Atrium Market, or Scotty’s.
Receive a semester balance of 75 meals and an additional $75 in Flex cash for the semester to be used at Café Mac ,Grille, Atrium Market, and Scotty’s.
Unused meals do not carry over. This plan is available for commuting students only. With the commuter plan, students are able to use up to 5 meals per visit for family and friends.
Isolation Meal Order
If you are in isolation/quarantine, you may pre-order online and have someone pick-up at the Cafe Mac Grill.
– orders need to be submitted by 7 p.m. the night before your selected pick-up date
– you are able to order all 3 meals for the next day on one order form
– breakfast is always a continental meal bakery item or oatmeal, fruit or yogurt, coffee, tea, or juice
Tell Us What You Think
- I’ve been trying to eat a healthier diet. Will I be able to find a healthy food choice in my café?
- Can you tell me how many calories are in the foods in my café?
- How will you handle my concerns about a food allergy?