We serve many students with food allergies and dietary needs

Our registered dietitian nutritionist, Dan Connolly, is here to assist students with any dietary questions or concerns they may have. Please feel free to reach out to Dan if you have any questions, if you need some more details, or if you just want to provide some useful feedback - Daniel.Connolly@cafebonappetit.com

Serving Students With Religious Diets

We believe that dining is a critical piece of building the Penn community and friendship that will last a lifetime. We do everything we can to ensure all students have the opportunity to participate in that. Our strong partnership with The Office of the Chaplain & SPARC help us best support the diverse population of Penn students. 

Serving Students With Food Allergies and Celiac Disease

The dining services team is well-trained in food allergy awareness and offers several options for students with food allergies and celiac disease. This includes communication about and modification to existing menu items, special preparation of menu items, and access to special products as agreed upon with students.

 

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. Each student must determine their own level of comfort when making selections within our cafés.

 

Ingredients and allergen information for menu items can be found on our online menus, and allergen information can be found on our station signage within our cafés.

 

We also offer an allergy-friendly station called “SimplyOASIS”. The SimplyOASIS station features entrées that celebrate fresh, simple, whole ingredients while avoiding all of the Major 8 Allergens + gluten and sesame*. We have developed very specific and flavorful recipes built upon singular ingredients that are typically safe for food-allergic people. The SimplyOASIS station is a convenient choice — but not the only choice — for those with allergies to any of the major 8 Allergens + gluten and sesame*.

*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.

Daily menus for each café can be accessed here. Menus can be filtered to streamline searching using the dietary preferences filter.

Further questions about ingredients can be answered by our trained managers/chefs onsite.

Disclaimer: Food ingredient and allergen information is provided for informational purposes in response to guest requests. Products may change without our knowledge and menu items are prepared in close proximity to other ingredients that may introduce cross-contact with ingredients not listed. We cannot assure against these contingencies. Guests with food allergies or specific dietary concerns should speak with a manager for individualized assistance.

For Food Allergy Frequently Asked Questions

Have more questions? Check out our FAQs.

For questions about these services or to request food allergy accommodations, students should contact:

Dan Connolly, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Bon Appétit

Daniel.Connolly@cafebonappetit.com 

Erica Gillaspy

Associate Director, Penn Student Disabilities Services, Weingarten Learning Resources Center

gillaspy@upenn.edu