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Saint Louis University and Sodexo Partner to Enhance Culinary Experience on Campus

by Carrie Bebermeyer on 08/15/2018
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This month, SLU and Sodexo, a food and facilities management company, signed a new contract for residential dining, retail and catering services at the St. Louis campus through 2028. 

Students in Grand Dining Hall

Students eat in Grand Dining Hall where Sodexo will introduce  its Simple Servings concept, a dining program that is designed to accommodate customers with food allergies, gluten intolerance or other special dietary needs.  File photo. 

“The transition with Sodexo has taken place over a sixty-day period this summer. Thanks to the efforts of many people working together as a team, the process has been remarkably smooth,” said Kent Porterfield, Ed.D., Vice President for Student Development at SLU. “We are excited about the opportunities to improve our dining program at SLU, and we are anticipating a great partnership with Sodexo.”

Sodexo plans to retain all hourly employees working in campus dining and catering positions and has interviewed supervisory and managerial staff for continued employment.

“Saint Louis University and Sodexo have many shared values including engaging students and giving back to the communities we serve. It is an honor to once again partner with such a prestigious and forward-looking institution,” said Barry Telford, CEO, Universities West, Sodexo North America. “We are excited to create a memorable dining experience that will align with SLU’s overall strategic vision of encouraging the health and wellbeing, engagement and satisfaction of every customer.”   

Over the course of next year, Sodexo will work closely with the University community to understand SLU’s unique needs in order to deliver a custom and appealing culinary experience on campus.

While initial changes will be minimal, Sodexo aims to expand the variety of fare and elevate customer service, as well as offer its award-winning Simple Servings concept, a dining program that is designed to accommodate customers with food allergies, gluten intolerance or other special dietary needs, beginning in August.

Located in Grand Dining Hall, the Simple Servings Station offers a variety of safe and healthy options that are free from common allergens including peanuts, tree nuts, shellfish, wheat, soy, milk products and eggs. All options are also free from gluten-containing ingredients. Simple Servings staff members are carefully trained to avoid allergen and gluten cross-contact and encouraged to get to know students with dietary restrictions, and work to ensure they are not only safe, but socially included in the dining experience.

At the Marketplace in Busch Student Center, Mein Bowl will replace Panda Express. Mein Bowl offers healthy, fresh Asian cuisine. The menu will feature authentic global cuisine and vibrant menu combinations, as well as hand rolled sushi.  

Sodexo is committed to helping those in need, reducing waste and conserving energy, and will work with and support SLU’s Campus Kitchen food recovery initiative as well as the new Billiken Bounty - Student Food Pantry that will open this fall. On more than 60 university and high school campuses across the country, student volunteers with The Campus Kitchens Project transform unused food from dining halls, grocery stores, restaurants and farmers’ markets into meals for people experiencing hunger. Saint Louis University was the first university to host a Campus Kitchen in 2001, at which time Sodexo was the food service provider.

Sodexo Universities provides food and facilities management services at more than 625 colleges and universities, where it employs approximately 48,000 people across North America. Sodexo Universities focuses on optimizing each clients’ physical, social and academic environment to help create the best possible student experience.

Will dining hours stay the same?

Most hours will remain the same. Check to see if a dining location is open at DineSLU or use the SLU app.

Will food offerings stay the same?

You’ll see many old favorites as well as some new options. Menus can be found at DineSLU.

At the Marketplace in Busch Student Center, Mein Bowl will replace Panda Express. Mein Bowl offers healthy, fresh Asian cuisine. The menu will feature authentic global cuisine and vibrant menu combinations from orange chicken, vegetable lo mein, and Szechuan beef to egg rolls, hand rolled sushi and more.

Did employees keep their jobs?

Sodexo retained hourly employees who wished to continue working in campus dining and catering positions and has interviewed and hired those supervisory and managerial staff wishing to continue employment.

What if I have a food allergy or other food sensitivity issue?

Sodexo’s Servings concept is a dining program that is designed to accommodate customers with food allergies, gluten intolerance or other special dietary needs.

Located at Grand Hall, the Simple Servings Station offers a variety of safe and healthy options that are free from common allergens including peanuts, tree nuts, shellfish, wheat, soy, milk products and eggs. All options are also free from gluten-containing ingredients. Simple Servings staff members are carefully trained to avoid allergen and gluten cross-contact and encouraged to get to know students with dietary restrictions, and work to ensure they are not only safe but socially included in the dining experience.

If you have specific dietary needs and would like to talk to our nutritionist Richelle Pretzer, schedule a consultation at nutrition@slu.edu.

How can I contact catering services?
 Visit  Cater-SLU.catertrax.com to find menu options, pricing and event planning tips. Within the menu pages, you’ll find contemporary menu selections that will provide quality and consistency and allow you to plan a memorable SLU event. Sodexo recommends bookmarking this link for ease in placing simple catering needs, repeat events and managing your catering budget.


If you have questions or would like to speak with someone, please contact catering services directly at 314-977-9430 or caterslu@slu.edu

Where can I find more information and resources?

Visit DineSLU for dining options, hours of operation, menus and more.