Welcome to the Caf!

The Dining Hall, located in the lower level of Northlawn, has just what you need! Pioneer College Caterers does all the cooking and has worked with Christian colleges and universities for nearly 40 years.

Our own dining hall director Bruce Emmerson was named “Director of the Year” by Pioneer, which judged dining halls on customer satisfaction, creativity, sanitation and safety, and finances.

Check out this 360 photo of our dining hall.

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what students say

Hailey Holcomb wrote a glowing testimonial in the student newspaper on the helpfulness of the dining hall staff to those with special dietary needs:

[Head Chef] Monica is a beacon in the cafeteria. She listened to my needs, showed me the different ways that I can be helped, and made everything much easier. Read more…

Monthly theme dinners and more

Cafeteria workers at Eastern Mennonite University Highlights of our dining hall include continuous service and “all you can eat” rates, two salad bars with local and organic offerings, fresh fruit, omelet station, deli bar, pizza, grill station and stir-fry bar.

Monthly theme dinners include celebrations of Mexican food, local harvest, Italian, Asian, African, Mardi Gras, French, and springfest (an all-campus cook-out!). Weekly “bonus bites” keep diners looking forward to special meals, too.

Sustainability in our campus ‘caf’

Pioneer at EMU continues our commitment to being good stewards of our world by expanding our sustainability efforts, which include:

  • Purchasing locally grown produce, as well as vegetables from the campus garden
  • Hosting annual fall harvest meals, composed entirely of locally grown foods
  • Composting all dining hall waste
  • Becoming a trayless dining hall in 2008, saving approximately 350,000 gallons of hot water per year
  • Recycling all paper and recyclables used in our office and kitchen
  • Offering"greenware"containers as an alternative to Styrofoam in the SnackShop
  • Using recycled paper products from a local distributor

Review the menu, available meal plans, and the on-campus catering guide (prices may vary for off-campus catering). Parents, order birthday cakes and other treats for your student from Pioneer College Caterers.

Talk to the director

Dining Hall Director welcomes comments and suggestions any time. Send an e-mail, talk to staff in the dining hall, complete a suggestion card or communicate with a residence hall council member. Also, be sure to complete bi-annual dining hall surveys.

Meal hours during the school year

Monday – Friday Saturday Sunday
Hot Breakfast 7 – 9 a.m.
Continental 9 – 10 a.m. 8:15 – 9 a.m.
Light Lunch 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Brunch/Lunch 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. 10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Light Lunch 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Supper/Dinner 5 – 7 p.m. 5 – 6 p.m. 5 – 6 p.m.

Meal prices

Faculty/Staff Non-Resident Students/Guests Children (5-11)
Hot Breakfast $3.75 $6.50 $3.25
Continental $3.25 $6.00 $3.00
Sunday Evening
$4.25 $7.50 $3.75
Sunday Lunch
$4.75 $8.50 $4.50
Premium Night/
$4.75 $9.00 $4.50

Dining Hall staff

Director Bruce Emmerson 432-4313
Production manager Shannon Grinnan 432-4312
Service manager Marlyn Cullen 432-4972
Office assistant Debbie Emmerson 432-4311
Snack bar manager Jodie Gardner 432-4335