Nourishing body and mind

111003_0149The food is great!

We make it ourselves, following recipes from many lands, using food from many local farms. We’ve actually won awards for it.

Just as good is the place where the food is made and served and eaten: Commons. Opened in 2008, Bates’ newest dining hall was designed to be smarter and more sustainable.

111003_0188The 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.

111003_0207All under one roof

Because food is 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. 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.


100831_Campus_6144Organic, natural, farm-fresh and local

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. Bates is one of five colleges – and the only college in Maine – to have received a three-star rating from the Green Restaurant Association.

New Dining Commons scenes February 2008Meeting your needs

Bates Dining prides itself on meeting the needs of all of our diners. Our facility features a vegan station for those who are vegetarian or vegan and regular daily options for those who have lactose or gluten sensitivities. Additional accommodations can be made for those with specific allergies as well. If you have particular restrictions feel free to contact Cheryl Lacey, Director of Dining at clacey@bates.edu to discuss your needs. She wlll describe our program and options in more detail and will be able to answer your questions. When you arrive on campus, she will also set up a one-on-one session to show you how to navitage the dining room. We look forward to meeting your needs!