Our Philosophy

In Dining Services, Real Food is our guiding principle. Menus are based on the seasonality and availability of regional products, and food offerings are varied and rotate based on nature’s bounty. We work with local farms and companies to procure produce grown using sustainable and organic practices, like the vegetables that come from our own Fairfield Farm. To preserve the quality of these premium products, fruits and vegetables are prepared fresh and served in the smallest possible batches.

We take the same approach with our protein. Hotchkiss Dining has pioneered a local whole animal program, which allows us to purchase steer, hogs, lamb, chicken and duck directly from local farmers. We work with a third-party verified humane USDA slaughterhouse to custom cut and process our meat — which, to date, has allowed us to redirect more than $100,000 into our local economy.

All of our chicken is antibiotic-free, and all the pork we use is regionally sourced and gestation-crate free. For the 2017-18 academic year, we're committed to using exclusively regional, grass-fed beef, and we're working towards a goal of 100% sustainably sourced seafood.

Our kitchen never uses chemically preserved prepared foods. Stocks are prepared in-house, salad dressings are homemade, and all foods are prepared fresh daily by our staff. MSG and other chemical additives are never allowed in the preparation of our foods.

By sourcing wholesome products and cooking them in-house, we can ensure healthy practices are used to create our dishes. Because we make everything ourselves, we can ensure that foods marked as allergy-safe are truly gluten-, dairy-, soy-, nut-, and meat-free. Healthy nutritional choices and vegetarian entrée are available at every meal. We even believe fried food can be made healthier by using only non-hydrogenated canola oil to minimize trans-fatty acids in our foods.

Our Commitments


100% utilization of Fairfield Farm production
40% local produce
50% local potatoes
100% local pizza sauce
100% local apples
75% local pears


100% local milk, half & half, and heavy cream
100% local yogurt
100% local frozen yogurt
100% local butter
100% local ice cream
30% local cheese


35% organic breads
100% organic pizza crust
25% organic flour for in-house use
50% purchased bakery products from local organic producers.


100% Fairfield Farm chicken utilization
100% local, antibiotic-free turkey
100% antibiotic-free chicken
35% local, antibiotic free Poultry


100% local, cage-free eggs


50% whole animal purchases
100% Fairfield Farm pork utilization
100% house-made deli selection
100% house-made ham, bacon, sausage
100% grass-fed, all-beef hot dogs
100% local bison
100% regional, grass-fed beef.
100% gestation-crate free pork
50% regional, gestation-crate free pork


100% sustainable seafood
100% USA-sourced seafood