Dining Services aims to provide safe and nutritious meals to everyone who dines with
us. We recommend students and guests with food allergies inform the Host or Hostess
at either The Rock or The Quad Café and ask to speak with a manager about your dietary
needs. The Manager will assist you with menu suggestions and answer questions specific
to your allergy. Students with a meal plan should also make an appointment to meet
with the Dietitian and learn how we can provide you with more allergen-friendly selections
at each facility. You may be required to provide an Accommodations Form about your dietary needs. If a doctor prescribes medicine like an EpiPen, carry it
with you at all times to use in the event of an allergic reaction.
Students and guests can view the menus, recipe ingredients and potential allergens
online or by using the iPad’s at the entrance to The Rock Café and Quad Café. The
Allergen Filter, which is located in the upper right corner of the menu page, allows
you to identify which foods may contain your allergens.
What is a Food Allergy?
- A food allergy is an abnormal, physical reaction to a protein in a food. An allergic reaction to
food can occur immediately or within several hours.
- An allergy is different than a food intolerance because it involves the immune system
and is much more serious–it can be life threatening!
A Food Intolerance affects the digestive system, and the reaction comes on gradually and is usually
Food Sensitivity is the umbrella term for any allergy, intolerance, or adverse reaction to food.
How do I manage a Food Allergy?
- Currently, there is no cure for food allergies. The only way to prevent an allergic
reaction is by avoiding the food completely.
- So make informed choices by reading food labels and asking questions. Always notify
the kitchen staff and a manager of your food allergy so they can assist you. Access
ingredient lists, and allergens along with nutrition facts for the menus on the Dining
Services website: www.ferris.edu/dining
- Speak to the manager, they can assist with menu suggestions.
- Schedule an appointment with the Camille Lang, M.S. and learn how you can have more
allergen-friendly food choices every day.
Could I have a food allergy?
Nearly 15 million Americans have a food allergy and 3.3 million Americans are allergic
There are eight main allergens that account for 90% of all food allergies. These include:
- Skin: Hives, reddened skin, itchy mouth or ears, swelling, or rash
- Nose and lung: nasal congestion, runny nose, wheezing, difficulty breathing, sneezing, or dry cough
- Stomach and intestinal: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, gas, or stomach pain
Severe symptoms can include:
- Trouble swallowing, obstructive swelling of lips, tongue or throat, shortness of breath,
wheezing, feeling faint or confused, chest pain, weak pulse, or loss of consciousness.
The most severe reaction is called Anaphylaxis, which can include any of the severe symptoms listed above. If you believe that you
or someone else is experiencing anaphylaxis, immediately call 911.
The Rock Café and Quad Café have the ability to accommodate our students and customers
with gluten intolerance.
- For details on which foods are naturally gluten free, refer to the list of options
at each station. In the areas where customers serve themselves there is a risk of
cross-contact with some foods that contain gluten.
- View ingredients and nutritional facts or use the allergen filter in online menus.
- We have gluten-free buns, pizza, pasta, tortillas and cereal available by request.
- If you are extremely sensitive to gluten, contact the Manager or Cook for assistance.
- We will cook and serve your food using separate utensils to ensure that your meal
is safely prepared based on your needs.
- Ask our Registered Dietary Nutritionist about food options by emailing [email protected] or schedule a free appointment.
- Be Aware – Manufacturers may change their product formulation without our knowledge
and product availability may fluctuate. Customers on special diets or with food allergies
should see the manager or contact the Registered Dietary Nutritionist at 231-591-3747
Download the Student Dietary Accommodations Form
For more information, contact the Registered Dietary Nutritionist
Eating Vegan and Vegetarian on Campus
The life of a college student is hard enough without having to worry about where
to eat and whether the food is "eatable." As a vegan or vegetarian student it shouldn’t
be more difficult to find food options that fit your lifestyle choices. Dining Services
works to make these options readily available. With a wide variety of stations, both
the Rock Café and Quad Café are great for students. We offer a variety of vegan and
vegetarian soups, entreés, salads, sandwiches and much more for your dining pleasure.
Students can also take advantage of the iPads located at the entrances to our dining
facilities and further explore nutritional facts on offers menu Items.
Ask your host/hostess upon entrance for more details
If you have questions or suggestions, please contact a manager at the Rock Café, Quad
Café or our Registered Dietary Nutritionist.
Find out More about different types of plant-based diets, vital nutrients, and healthy vegetarian food
choices in the Dining Centers.
Full list of vegan foods