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Food Allergies

Allergy Alert: Facts to know while dining in Vail Commons a.k.a. the "Commons."

  1. Commons has an open kitchen policy.  Please come into the kitchen to speak to our chefs, review recipes and ingredients any time.
  2. Please do not ask your servers about ingredients in a dish. We need YOU to read ingredient lists to determine if food is safe for you to consume.
  3. Commons strives to remain nut-free in our cooking production; however, it is possible that ingredients used have trace amounts of nuts due to being processed in facilities that contain nuts.
  4. Commons offers: 
    • Sealed single serving containers of peanut butter.
    • Sun butter made from sunflowers seeds as an alternative to peanut butter.
    • Milk substitutes include Lactaid, Vanilla Soy Milk, Chocolate Soy Milk, Plain Almond Milk and Vanilla Almond Milk are available and served in separate containers.
  5. 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.
  6. One side of the salad bar is designated Vegan.
  7. Vegetarian and Vegan options offered every day every meal period.
  8. Customers may prepare one to go meal per meal session in Commons.
  9. It is appropriate at any time to ask servers to change gloves or change out utensils if you are concerned about cross-contamination.
  10. To receive special accommodations, we require that you provide a diet prescription from your physician, meet with one of our dietitians and take a tour of Commons. Once you meet the requirements, the staff will assist you with your needs. If a meal needs to be specially prepared, please email at least three hours in advance.
  11. The purple wall located in the kitchen is a Gluten free area; this area contains Gluten free foods and a Gluten free toaster.
  12. For Gluten free approved students, you may request:
    • Gluten free pizza using the purple order sheets. Your pizza will be prepared as requested; then you will take your pizza to be cooked at our grill station.
    • Commons is a commercial kitchen where ingredient substitutions, recipe revisions, and cross-contact with allergens is possible; we cannot guarantee any food item will be completely free of allergens.
    • Gluten free bread and pasta.
  13. Baked Gluten free chicken tenders and Gluten Free French fries. Please be advised there will be a wait time if you do not email in advance.
  14. For a prescribed EpiPen, you are welcome to store your Epipen in Commons in the event of an emergency. Your EpiPen must be unexpired and include a prescription label containing your name.

We want to get to know you, your preferences and your needs. For questions or concerns, please contact:

Dining Staff at
Registered Dietitians at