Healthy for Life at U.Va. Dining
If you have a specialized dietary request, please contact the manager of that location. You may also email email@example.com with any general nutrition questions or concerns.
Meet our U.Va. Dining Nutritionist
Four Steps for Eating Well with Food Allergies, Intolerances and Special Diets
Here’s our step-by-step process on eating well at U.Va. Dining when you have a specialized diet:
#1. Meet with U.Va. Dining Nutritionist, Paula Caravati to discuss food options in more detail and to take a personal tour of dining locations so that you can get to know the chefs and location managers of the locations you most frequent. Through this team approach, students are encouraged to take accountability for their own safety in the context of receiving support amidst a “family kitchen” atmosphere.
#2. Decide with Paula if the best option for eating safe is to request individualized prepared meals on a daily basis. Individualized service is available for all meal plan holders based on need or preference. Students can also request an individual meal at the time of service. It just might take a few moments to get it ready! Everyone should feel comfortable asking for a specialized plate to meet their dietary and medical needs.
#3. Become familiar with the menu and offerings on the Copper Hood stations at O’Hill, Runk, and Fresh Food Co.
#4. The last step is simply taking charge of your health – we are here to partner with you and keep you nourished, safe and happy at the University of Virginia. Students are always welcome to come into the kitchen and read ingredient labels and talk to our culinary team about being safe in our residential dining facilities. Please do not hesitate to contact us to start the conversation. We also welcome feedback from current students and parents so that we can improve the program for all students on Grounds.
The Copper Hood Station: A Dedicated Allergy-Friendly Station
Read more about The Copper Hood Station.
Made without Gluten Solutions
Avoiding gluten in your diet? We have a dedicated 'made without gluten zone' in our residential dining room where all selections in this area are made without gluten. They have been specially prepared in a made without gluten area of our kitchen. To see our daily menu offerings at this station, visit our Locations & Menus page.
At your request, we have included The Copper Hood menu in our online listing for these locations on our website. This means that the following disclaimer is displayed at the bottom of each menu item: Aramark relies on our vendors' allergy warning and ingredient listings. Because we operate a commercial kitchen where ingredient substitutions, recipe revisions and cross-contact with allergens is possible, Aramark cannot guarantee that any food item will be completely free of allergens. We also work personally with the students to ensure their needs are being met at The Copper Hood and all other stations in our dining rooms. Please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions regarding our dining program.