Universal Meals

This innovative meal program is based on recipes that work for everyone.

What Are Universal Meals?

These are familiar and delicious dishes that are free of animal-derived ingredients, gluten-containing grains, and common allergens. The program was created with the help of a consortium of experts, including the Culinary Institute of America, registered dietitians, and food allergy experts.

Universal Meals are coming to the Herbivore station in the Class of 1953 Commons this fall! Dartmouth will be the first school in the Northeast to implement this program.

What Is Not in Universal Meals

The program was developed with these food preferences and allergens in mind:

Because these are aspects of inclusivity that Dartmouth Dining also cares about, we have decided to implement this program in an effort to provide even more meal options for a larger variety of diets and lifestyles. 

When you see the Universal Meals symbol, you can be sure that the dish is free of:

  • Animal-derived ingredients (meat, eggs, fish, shellfish, and milk)
  • Gluten-containing grains (wheat, barley, rye, triticale, and contaminated grains) 
  • Peanuts, tree nuts, soy, and mustard
  • Alcohol

What Is In Universal Meals

Diet choices differ for many reasons, but foods that work for nearly everyone include vegetables, fruits, legumes, and nongluten grains, like corn and quinoa. Universal Meals are full of delicious, whole foods and are designed to satisfy almost everyone's dietary choices without compromising on flavor. The dishes include everything from soups to desserts. With Universal Meals, everyone has a seat at the table. 

You can learn more about the Universal Meals program by visiting their website

Questions & Comments

Additional information requests and questions can be sent to C. Robert Lester, Dining's Manager of Religious Considerations, at C.Robert.Lester@dartmouth.edu