Did you know?
You can look up the ingredients of your favorite dishes in the ingredient books at each dining commons. You can also download the ingredient books from the Campus Dining Web site at uchicago.campusdish.com. Watching calories? Look for our “Just 4 U” symbols that highlight low-carb and low-calorie options. You can also view nutritional information at the nutritional kiosks in each dining commons. Want to be in the know? Join our “Campus Dining Chicago” Facebook group!
David Kessler, JD’78
David Kessler, JD’78, commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) from 1990–97, changed the way we look at what we eat: he oversaw the revamping of nutrition information labels. His 2001 book, A Question of Intent, recounts his fight to institute restrictions on the marketing of tobacco to children.
With Flex you get the Flex-ability of shopping without cash! With Flex, you can use your Chicago Card to make purchases at a number of spots on campus, including all campus dining locations. All residential dining plans come with some portion in Flex, but anyone can buy Flex dollars at any time, at any dining location, and online in increments of $25. Find more information about meal plans and policies at housing.uchicago.edu.
Comparing apples and grapes
Be thankful there's so much choice and variety when it comes to food at Chicago. In 1896, the Dean of Women, Marion Talbot, was worried
that her students didn't have enough to choose from. She wrote the president, William Rainey
Harper, with her concerns:
"My dear Mr. Harper . . . You will notice that for the first four days given of October, apples were served four times in succession. . . . Grapes have been as low as 10 cents a basket in the retail market, and most people like grapes. But you will see that they occur but four times during October. Apples, on the other hand, are served twelve times (three times baked, and nine raw). . . ."
Chris Howell, AB'75
Chris Howell, AB'75, is vintner and general manager at Cain Vineyard and Winery in Napa Valley, which produces about 1,800 cases of wine each year.
The first coffee shop
The ancestor of the modern coffee shop, the Shanty had been a refreshment stand at the Columbian Exposition. It was moved to the corner of the athletic field where it provided a spot for coffee, food, and conversation. Today, many places on campus offer the same—in slightly more dignified digs.