Nourishing body and mind
We make it ourselves, following recipes from many lands, using food from many local farms. We’ve actually won awards for it.
Maybe even better is the place where the food is made and served and eaten: Commons. Technically it’s New Commons, since it’s been at Bates in some form for a long while but was recently rebuilt to be smarter and more sustainable.
The main room of Commons is open and airy and welcoming. There’s a wall of windows; everything seems visible. The general idea is to wander from table to table, meeting thrilling people from around the world and, very often, staying and talking for a long, long time.
In all of these ways — local, global, sustainable, social, smart, open and thrilling — Commons is
a lot like Bates. Take a seat.
Because food is so essential to our lives, we thought it made sense to incorporate Bates’ values into our approach to food. Values like environmental sustainability, social responsibility and intellectual vigor. Our dining hall, New Commons, is where you’ll see these values come to life. This environmentally friendly hub is home to Bates’ long and cherished tradition of gathering the campus community under one roof for meals and thought provoking conversation.
Organic, natural, farm-fresh and local
As a member of the Green Restaurant Association, Bates Dining Services works with Farm Fresh Initiative and Maine food producers to seek out the healthiest foods that are organic, natural, farm-fresh or local.
Our dining hall is configured like an open marketplace that allows you to peruse numerous stations and watch as the food of your choice is prepared. Our extensive and accommodating menus range with choices from vegan/vegetarian to brick-oven pizza, to comfort foods like cookies and chocolate cake!Next: Housing