Avoiding Gluten?

Gluten-Friendly Dining @ Tufts

Do you have celiac disease or gluten sensitivity? Read on!

Tufts Dining has gluten-friendly options at all our dining facilities. Carmichael and Dewick-MacPhie Dining Centers have the largest selection of gluten-friendly food. All campus cafés, including the Commons Marketplace, have a selection of fresh (packaged on campus) items free of gluten ingredients made fresh daily including a sandwich, several salads, sushi, and gluten-free snacks. Food Fact Cards are posted in our dining facilites to help you make informed choices. Our Food Fact Cards list ingredients and nutrition information, and identify whether a food item contains wheat and/or gluten.

Gluten-Friendly Dining in Carmichael and Dewick

At Dewick-MacPhie Dining Center, there is a secured gluten-free pantry with snacks and cereals—as well as a dedicated refrigerator and freezer stocked with gluten-free items. Carmichael Dining Center also has a secured refrigerator and freezer with gluten-free options, plus a separate station for cereals and snacks. Some of the gluten-free foods you can find at Carmichael and Dewick-MacPhie Dining Centers include:

  • Gluten-free breads, wraps, English muffins, bagels,
    waffles, and hamburger buns
  • Gluten-free pizza
  • Gluten-free cereal, oatmeal, granola, pretzels, and bagel chips
  • Gluten-free cookies, brownies, coffee cake, muffins, and
    scones made at a local gluten-free bakery
  • Gluten-free ice cream cones
  • Microwaveable gluten-free pasta
  • Individual cream cheese, margarine, and jelly
  • Sliced turkey and cheddar cheese slices in Dewick;
    by request in Carmichael
  • Amy’s gluten free macaroni & cheese available upon request
  • Gluten-free pancakes are also available at brunch every Sunday at both
    dining centers
  • Amy’s GF macaroni & cheese and GF bean & cheese burrito for late-nite
    dining Friday and Saturday evenings in Carmichael

Minimizing Cross-Contact

Cross-contact occurs when a food touches another food and the proteins mix. Steps have been taken to increase variety for our customers who need to avoid gluten. The char-broiler in Dewick has been designated as free of gluten-containing ingredients and the FDA's eight major food allergens and sesame. In addition, the placement of food on the line is designed to minimize cross contact. To protect your food from exposure to foods with gluten, take the following steps:

  • Use the dedicated gluten-free toaster and panini press, cutting board, and knife in both Carmichael and Dewick
  • Request food from a warmer or directly from the kitchen
  • Avoid French fries as they may be cooked with foods containing gluten
  • Avoid deli meats and cheeses as well as soups as they are made in the same commissary where our bakery is located

If you’re concerned about cross-contact in any of our dining facilities, please ask to speak to a manager on duty or the person in charge. We're here to help!

Accessing Our Gluten-Friendly Areas

Students with celiac disease are eligible to enroll in the Alternative Meal Program (AMP), which provides individual meals in the dining centers prepared by trained staff. Registration and approval by Student Accessibility Services is required to participate. To gain access to the dining centers' gluten-free areas, students requiring gluten-free food must register with Student Accessibility Services (SAS).
Use this link to SAS: https://students.tufts.edu/student-accessibility-services

Food Fact Cards

Both Carmichael and Dewick post Food Fact Cards near multi-ingredient foods that list nutrient facts, ingredients, and the FDA's eight major food allergens plus sesame that may be present. To heighten awareness, all menu items containing peanuts and tree nuts include this information in the title of the dish on the card.

Online nutrition facts, ingredients, and allergens are easily available for food served in all Tufts Dining campus locations. The steps to access the ingredient, nutrition, and allergen information are:

  • Go to our website: https://dining.tufts.edu
  • Go to NUTRITION on the top navigation menu
  • Select “Online Nutrition Interface”
  • Select a dining location
  • Click on the “apple” icon
  • Click on the menu item(s) for which you want the nutritional information
  • The ingredients and allergens will be displayed.

Another helpful tool is the allergen filter on our website in the menus section. It can be used to get a list of foods either containing or not containing a chosen allergen.

To set allergen filters to show which menu items either "contain" or "does not contain" the respective allergen(s):

  • Select a dining location
  • Click on "set filter" in upper right corner of screen
  • "Set allergens filter" pop-up window will appear
  • Select one or more allergens

Select either “contains” or “does not contain” and hit “apply” to get a list of menu items that comply with your selection.

Gluten-Free Dining Tips & Advice

For questions regarding gluten-friendly dining, please contact Julie Lampie, Tufts Dining’s registered dietitian. Julie is familiar with the ingredients in our menu items and is experienced with the food preparation and handling processes at Tufts Dining. She can advise students on ways to manage celiac disease and gluten sensitivity on campus.

Julie Lampie, Registered Dietitian (RD)
617-627-2833
julie.lampie@tufts.edu