What's new at Dining Fall 2020

Vegetarian & Vegan: Plant-Based Dining at Tufts

Over 25 percent of Tufts students prefer eating a plant-based diet. Numerous vegetarian and vegan choices are available at Tufts’ dining centers, cafés, Hodgdon, and the Commons Marketplace.

Dining Centers

At both Carmichael and Dewick-MacPhie Dining Centers, there is always an abundance of delicious plant-based menu items to satisfy vegans and vegetarians alike. Each has a dedicated station serving a variety of vegetarian cuisine, a daily vegetarian soup, and at least one vegetarian pizza featured.

Plant-Based Options at Carmichael & Dewick-MacPhie Dining Centers

At both Carmichael and Dewick-MacPhie Dining Centers, there is always an abundance of delicious plant-based menu items to satisfy vegans and vegetarians alike. Each dining center has a variety of vegetarian cuisine, a daily vegetarian or vegan soup, and at least one vegetarian pizza on the menu.

Carmichael’s vegetarian platform features entrées, organic legumes, organic whole grains, and vegetables. Unique to Carmichael is an action station with additional, customizable plant-based choices. For example, “Stir-Fry to Order” on Tuesday evenings has broad appeal to vegetarians. Students can choose from a variety of vegetables, proteins, and sauces to make a customized meal. “Omelets to Order” is also popular with lacto/ovo vegetarians. The dining center menus change throughout the day, so options abound! At Dewick, there are dedicated vegetarian and vegan entrées, sides, and a daily soup. Our vegetarian items are made with organic whole grains, organic legumes, plant-based proteins, and vegetables. The newest platform, All9Free, is an allergen-free platform in Dewick that also serves daily vegan menu items.

How do you find out what is or is not vegetarian or vegan?

You can quickly identify if an item is vegetarian (V) or vegan (VG) either by an icon next to the dish or the letter symbols (V) or (VG). You can also look up ingredients for our menus online to see if our recipe contains what you find acceptable for your own dietary choices.

Desserts

Most desserts at Carmichael and Dewick are vegetarian. In addition, there are a variety of vegan desserts served. Look for a vegan brownie, a vegan Craisin® oat bar, vegan apple spice cake with vegan maple buttercream, a vegan blueberry oat bar, and a vegan chocolate cake with vanilla frosting. Soft-serve ice cream and frozen yogurt served daily are both vegetarian. Vegan sorbet is usually available when scooped ice cream is served.

A Note About Frying Oil

Deep-fried foods that may appear to be vegetarian, such as French fries and mozzarella sticks, are fried in oil that may have been used to fry fish or chicken. If you are concerned about foods that might be commingled with non-vegetarian foods, please choose deep-fried foods served only on the vegetarian lines at Carmichael and Dewick-MacPhie, or ask a manager.

Plant-based Options at Cafés and the Commons Marketplace

At Tufts, all of the cafés, the Commons Marketplace, and Hodgdon Food-on-the-Run have vegetarian and vegan menu items at all meal periods. Carm2 and Dewick2 have vegetarian and vegan choices as well. You can quickly identify if an item is vegetarian (V) or vegan (VG) either by an icon next to the dish or the letter symbols (V) or (VG). You can also look up ingredients for our menus online to see if our recipe contains what you find acceptable for your own dietary choices. FUN FACT: Over 25% of Tufts students self-identify as vegetarian or vegan.

Questions?

For questions regarding vegetarian nutrition, please contact Kelly Shaw MS RD, Tufts Dining’s Nutrition Specialist. Kelly is a registered dietitian, is familiar with the ingredients of our menus, and is experienced with the food preparation and handling processes at Tufts Dining. She can advise you on ways you can manage your plant-based diet while at Tufts.

Kelly Shaw MS RD
Nutrition Specialist
Tufts Dining
Kelly.Shaw@tufts.edu
617-627-2833