Dining Hall

The Dining Hall is open 13 hours a day and has six dining areas including two outdoor patios.

We offer several food styles and cuisines featuring local and sustainable foods to accommodate various diets. The Dining Hall features various hot food stations, a Made Without Gluten Pantry, Salad & Deli Bar, a Soup Station, and a Student Kitchen. Whether you're in the mood for a traditional homestyle classic like chef-carved Vermont-raised Misty Knoll Farm turkey with local potatoes and roasted Purple Carrot Farm beets, or something with a bit of international influence like Dashi Ramen Bowls featuring Vermont Fresh Pasta Co. ramen noodles, the Dining Hall has something to please every palate!

We work diligently to accommodate our guests with dietary restrictions, please contact Chef Steven Bohrer at x4442 with any questions or concerns. All dining hall employees are happy to discuss the menu at any time with our guests.

The Dining Hall has four dining rooms and two outdoor patios. It serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner on weekdays, and on weekends a continental breakfast, brunch, and dinner. Students with visiting guests can purchase guest passes through Student Life.

If you have a favorite entree, side, or dessert from home send the recipe to dining@bennington.edu and, if possible, we will feature it on the menu.

Meal Plan

Your meal plan plays the most important part in your dining experience at Bennington College. More information on how to purchase and add to your card in online. If you are a faculty or staff member, learn more about how to purchase a meal plan for your convenience.

Meal Plan Periods are as follows:

  • Breakfast | 7:00-11:00 am

  • Lunch | 11:00 am-4:30 pm

  • Dinner | 4:30-11:00 pm

Catering

There are four aspects to a perfect meal: thoughtful planning, select ingredients, artistic preparation, and professional service. Combine all these ingredients and you have created Catering at Bennington.

We provide catering service offering healthy and dazzling cuisine for any occasion—everything you need drawing upon a network of the finest merchants to meet each events specific needs. Whether you are planning an intimate dinner or an elaborate celebration, we can help you plan your ideal occasion. Our commitment to excellence, attention to detail, knowledgeable and friendly staff, exceptional food selection, and affordable prices make each event special in its own way.

Please visit our catering website to view our catering menu. Please note that we have the ability to customize your menu in any way. We look forward to the opportunity of bringing the imaginative menus, exceptional value and specialized service to your next special event.

Sustainability

Through our commitment to serving locally sourced and sustainably produced food we have developed relationships with local farmers and producers by the dozens, including Northeast Family Farms, Black River Meats, Maplebrook Farm, Blythedale Farm, Earth Sky Time Community Farm, Vermont Fresh Pasta Company, and Bennington College's own Purple Carrot Farm.

In addition we are committed to:

  • Composting all food scraps

  • Recycling fryer oil

  • Using recycled and recyclable containers and paper goods

  • Recycling cardboard, paper, glass, and plastic

  • Trayless dining to reduce thousands of gallons of water waste

  • Discontinuing the retail sale of bottled water keeping plastic out of our ecosystem

  • Eliminating straws, to-go containers, individual creamers, and many other single-use plastics from service

Hugs from Home

Relatives and friends can send “hugs from home” treats to Bennington students through dining services. For more information, see how to send a care package.

Other Information

  • Student IDs: Valid College ID cards are required for entry to the dining hall.

  • Napkin Notes: Located on the walls of the student pantries, the napkin board is a Bennington tradition that has lasted over three decades. Please feel free to write, calculate, or sketch your thoughts about your experience in the dining hall on a napkin while you’re here and post them on the boards. We really appreciate the feedback. If you find this too restrictive, please feel free to break into song and dance to better convey your thoughts.

  • Food Committee: The Bennington College food committee encourages student involvement in the menu selection process, and allows Dining Services to communicate directly with students, which is a valuable resource for both parties.

  • Dietary Restrictions: If you have a special diet or diet restrictions, contact Chef Steve for an appointment to discuss available options.

  • Recipes from Home: If you have a favorite meal or dessert from home and would like to see it served in the dining hall just send the recipe to dining@bennington.edu and, if feasible, we will feature it on the menu.

  • Employment Opportunities: We hire students to work in various positions during and outside of meal times. We have multiple shifts with various hours that  work around your class schedule. If you are interested in working with Dining Services, please apply through Handshake : Commons Dining Hall , Down Commons Cafe .

  • Off-Campus FWS Jobs and Field Trips: In the event of a missed meal for off-campus FWS and academic activities. To make arrangements for this, please contact Dining Services and request a Meal Plan Accommodation form.

  • Vegan and Vegetarian Options: Bennington offers a wide variety of vegan and vegetarian options, and is consistently one of the Top Ten Most Vegan Friendly Colleges.

The most important thing to remember is that your opinion matters at Bennington. Feel free to speak with any Dining Services staff to convey your thoughts and issues. We value your feedback.