Davidson College is dedicated to providing an exceptional dining experience to all of our guests, including those with food allergies, dietary restrictions, or unique food preferences.

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Meet with a Registered Dietitian

Our goal is to empower students with the tools and resources necessary to make informed and safe choices about their nutrition. We encourage students to actively manage their food needs and diet to promote a healthy lifestyle.

Students needing any type of dietary guidance are welcome to schedule a private consultation with our Registered Dietitians. Consultations may include a tour of the dining locations to identify which foods are safe, and meetings with the chefs or managers who may serve as points of contact.

Getting Started

Notify Davidson College of your food allergies or dietary needs. 

  • First-year and transfer students, please indicate your food allergies or dietary needs on your  incoming health form
  • Current students, please schedule a private consultation with our Registered Dietitians to discuss your dietary needs.

Dietary Dining Information

  • The dining facilities contain commercial kitchens where ingredient substitutions, recipe revisions, and cross-contact with allergens are possible. It cannot be guaranteed that any food item will be completely free of allergens. 
  • At Vail Commons, ingredient lists are available online and at all serving stations. In order to determine if a food is safe for your consumption, students should refer to the available ingredient lists. 
  • At other Davidson Dining campus locations, ingredient lists are available on request. 
  • Students are welcome to request staff to change gloves and/or utensils. 
  • Canola oil is used to fry foods. All fried foods on campus are susceptible to cross-contamination. If you have severe food allergies or are concerned about cross-contamination, you are advised to avoid fried foods
  • The Commons Market, the on-campus convenience store, offers many allergy-friendly products. 
  • Vail Commons features the Power Plant station with vegan and made without gluten menu options. Vail Commons also serves a full salad bar, vegetarian entrees and milk alternatives. The Commons Market, Davis Café, Qdoba, and Wildcat Den also offer vegan and vegetarian options. 
  • We encourage you to talk to the chefs or managers at any time. They can help you with food and recipe questions.  
  • In certain situations, menu items may need to be prepared individually to meet students’ dietary needs. Please contact our Registered Dietitian to review your diet prescription. If a student does need a specially prepared meal, they may email vailchefs@davidson.edu 24 hours in advance of the desired meal.  
  • We train our staff on the importance of safety regarding food allergies.  
  • Students are encouraged to always carry any necessary medications with them. Consider informing the friends that you normally dine with about your medical needs and the location of your medications. 

Food Allergens and Intolerances

Peanut and Tree Nut

Davidson College is not a nut-free campus. Vail Commons, Davis Café, Qdoba, Wildcat Den, and Much Ado Catering do not use nut ingredients in any cooking production. However, it is possible that ingredients may have trace amounts of nuts due to being processed in facilities that contain nuts. Prepackaged items containing nuts such as sealed peanut butter cups, prepackaged peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, snack bars, candy, nut mixes and almond milk are found on campus, and students are encouraged to read food labels. We offer Sunbutter as a nut butter alternative. 

Milk and Dairy

Students are encouraged to refer to ingredient lists to identify dairy in recipes. We offer soy, almond, oat and lactose-free milks on campus.  We also offer the Power Plant station in Vail Commons that is 100% plant-based and thus free of dairy. 

Wheat and Gluten

While Vail Commons is not a gluten-free facility, it is our largest dining facility on campus and can best accommodate wheat/gluten allergies or intolerances. The Power Plant station at Vail Commons is dedicated to serving a menu that is prepared without gluten. Gluten-free breads and cereals are also available. The Davis Café, Qdoba and Wildcat Den offer menu items made without gluten, as well.


Shellfish is found occasionally on a menu at Vail Commons. Sushi is freshly made and offered at Davis Café and can also be found at Commons Market. Shellfish will always be identified on the ingredient list.


In Vail Commons, fish is found on menus as a main ingredient. Sushi offered at Davis Café and Commons Market. Fish is occasionally fried. Be mindful fried foods on campus are susceptible to cross-contamination. You are advised to avoid fried foods if you have a severe fish allergy. 


Eggs are used in some cooking production. Students are encouraged to check the menu and ingredient lists. The Power Plant station is free of eggs, and we always offer at least one vegan dessert at Vail Commons. 


We use canola oil to fry food and olive or canola oil in recipe production. Tofu, tempeh and edamame are found on menus. Students with soy allergies are encouraged to check recipe ingredient lists and food labels of processed foods. 

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