The Dining Hall is a traditional, cafeteria-style facility that is open during regular meal plan hours with six dining areas including an outdoor deck. We offer several food venues and themes to accommodate various diets. There is a hot food line, wok station, salad and vegan bar, deli bar, ice cream bar, fruit and yogurt station and soup and pasta. The Dining Hall staff will make every effort to accommodate those individuals with various food allergies, either by directing them to the foods allowed, or by preparing suitable alternatives.
Student IDs: Valid College ID cards are required for entry to the Dining Hall. If your ID is lost or stolen, you can set up a temporary (three meals) pass for use in the Dining Hall only.
Napkin Notes: 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 board. 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.
Special Diets: If you have a special diet or diet restrictions, call the Executive Chef (x4436) 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 us and if feasible we will feature it on the menu.
Employment Opportunities: We hire students to work in various positions during meal times. Our jobs provide flexible hours and work around your class schedule. If you are interested in working for Dining Services, contact us at x4385.
Member: National Association of College & University Food Services (NACUFS).
Off-Campus FWS Jobs and Field Trips: You can make arrangements to take a meal from the Snack Bar Express for off-campus FWS and academic activities. To make arrangements for this, please contact Dining Services (x4436) and request a Meal Plan Accommodation form.
Vegan and Vegetarian Options: Bennington offers a wide variety of vegan and vegetarian options. Bennington 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.