The International Village dining hall reopened Thursday following a series of summer renovations. The revamped facility now includes new stations for guests with food allergies and a preference for kosher food as well as halal protein and “Deli-To-Go” program.
The expanded menu was developed in collaboration with many members of the Northeastern community. The expanded offerings feature food that is inviting to all guests, especially those with diverse dining preferences and needs.
President Joseph E. Aoun visited International Village’s dining hall on Thursday morning, greeting students and their parents during the move-in period.
The kosher station will offer both hot and cold entrées, vegetarian sides, and parve menu items. The station and food standards will be supervised by an on-site Mashgiach and the Rabbinical Council of New England. Shabbat meal options will also be available for Friday dinner and Saturday lunch and dinner; those interested in the Shabbat meal program should sign up before Thursday at 5 p.m.
Previously, kosher food on campus had been limited to frozen meals.
Arinne Braverman, the executive director of Northeastern Hillel, said the addition of the kosher dining station demonstrates the university’s commitment to enhancing student life and celebrating diversity.
“The addition of kosher dining is an example of Northeastern University living its values,” Braverman said. “Being able to break bread with members of diverse faith groups, engaging one another in spirited dialogue, side-by-side, creates the conditions for us as a community to fulfill Northeastern’s mission of building community, fostering diversity, and creating a culture of respect.”
Another new station has been designated specifically for guests with food allergies and sensitivities. Dubbed “Zone 7,” its menu items are free of seven major food allergens: milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, shellfish, gluten, and soy. Halal protein is also available upon request in Zone 7, as well as in the Stetson East and Stetson West dining facilities.
International Village also features a new gluten-free station, across from which is a new high-top seating area with plenty of power outlets for students to charge their laptops, tablets, or smartphones while grabbing a bite.
“With these new features, we’re continuing to adapt to meet students’ dining needs,” said Maureen Timmons, director of dining services. “It’s important that we offer as many food options as possible so students know they can customize their dining experience with foods that they want to—and can—eat.”
For guests on the move, International Village now offers a “Deli-To-Go” program, making it possible to order a variety of sandwiches and wraps at the front desk without having to swipe in and enter the full facility. The program runs Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
In addition to the International Village renovations, Dining Services has also added a new feature to the Curry Student Center dining hall. Guests who order from Kigo Kitchen and UBurger will receive pagers that vibrate when their orders are ready, a feature that will offer guests the flexibility to find seating while their meals are being prepared.