Food – it’s the fuel that keeps your body and mind running in top form. In the SJU Residence, it’s also a catalyst that boosts the power of community. Meals become connection points where we share not just what’s on our plates, but also what’s in our hearts and minds as we digest the events of our day and make plans for tomorrow. What exactly was the prof getting at in class today? Who’s up for a quick game of ping pong?
Whether you’re already living in the SJU Residence, or you’re considering applying for next term, we hope this summary gives you everything you need to know about our meal plan.
You may have moved away from the home you grew up in, but we want the SJU Residence to feel like a close substitute -- which includes sitting down to family dinners. That’s why your all-inclusive meal plan is covered by your residence fees. No need to keep track of a declining balance or worry about trips to the grocery store during exams. You just have to show up in the caf and dig in!
And you can go ahead and invite your friends over, too, because everyone is welcome. In fact, St. Jerome’s has a reputation as one of the most popular places to eat on campus. Your guests can just pay cash, credit or debit.
Just as you’re always aiming for top marks in your studies, our chefs also strive for high grades when they’re slicing and dicing, mixing and stirring, baking and frying behind the scenes. Here’s the course outline of their daily assignments:
- Varied rotating three-week menu
- Choice of hot and cold entrees
- Vegetarian options at every meal
- Daily deli sandwich and salad bars
- Homemade desserts and breads
Your muscles aren’t the only part of you that requires nourishment. Your brain is also hoping for the high-grade fuel it needs for peak performance. So look for the Balanced Choices symbol that identifies healthier selections, and treat your whole body.
If you’re a resident, you might already have experienced memorable theme menus, house and floor dinners, and popular special-event culinary delights like these:
- Menutainment – a special entertaining menu item cooked to order. When the menu includes one of these varied chef’s choices, such as pasta or stir fry, you can customize it to suit your tastes.
- Theme dinner nights – Favourites include “Breakfast for Dinner” (You won’t want to skip this one!), Pasta Night, Food Court (like shopping-mall retail therapy), The Letter “S” (brought to you by memories of Sesame Street), and fajita and taco bars.
- Your Kitchen to Ours – We ask your family to send in a favourite recipe for our chefs to whip up so that you can enjoy a taste of home.
Our servery, located in the D.R. Letson Community Centre, is open from 8:00 a.m to 5:45 p.m. during the week and from 9:00 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. on weekends, with drinks, fruit, and snacks always available during those hours.
Our servery and cafeteria are open and serving food with the following changes as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Each meal period will have two 45-minute seating periods in order to maintain safe social distancing to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. Masks are required when entering the cafeteria and while picking up your food. Tables have been spaced accordingly and are limited to two seats per table. Plexiglas has been installed through the servery and enhanced cleaning will take place during, in between at the end of each meal period.
The Buttery, Funcken Café and catered events are not available at this time but we hope to resume these food service programs as soon as possible in accordance with public health recommendations and operation conditions permit.
|Monday to Friday||1st Seating||2nd Seating|
|Breakfast||8:00 a.m.||8:45 a.m.|
|Lunch||11:30 a.m.||12:15 p.m.|
|Dinner||5:00 p.m.||5:45 p.m.|
|Saturday and Sunday||1st Seating||2nd Seating|
|Continental Breakfast||9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.|
|Brunch||11:00 a.m.||12:00 p.m.|
|Dinner||5:00 p.m.||5:45 p.m.|
If you have a serious dietary issue, you should speak with the Residence Office staff, at (519) 885-8111 Ext: 28209, or by email, before you complete your residence application, to ensure that we will be able to maintain a menu that suits your needs.
If you have a food allergy, you're encourage to discuss your needs with the SJU Food Services staff at the start of each term.
Dietary concerns such as gluten-free or lactose-free diets can be accommodated through specialized menu planning with our food services team, please contact us here.
Because we value continuous improvement, you’re encouraged to let us know how we’re doing. After all, your ideas can inspire action in the dining room, too!
- Talk to the staff about special orders or any other input you’d like to share
- Submit one of the comment cards you’ll find in the cafeteria
- Complete one of our twice-yearly surveys