Bentley University is committed to providing an accessible, equitable, and inclusive dining experience. As part of this mission, we strive to meet the dietary needs of all participants. If you have a specific dietary needs, please contact Michelle Switach to discuss appropriate accommodations.
Providing you with healthy options is something your dining team proudly does every day. We help you select delicious, nutritious and satisfying meals and snacks by highlighting well-balanced menu choices and providing nutritional information and tips to help you make choices that fit your needs.
Meet Your Dietitian
Michelle Switach, MS, RDN, is available for complimentary consultations on topics such as:
- Food allergies, celiac disease, or other special dietary needs
- Eating healthy on campus
- Vegan and vegetarian dining
Michelle Switach completed her undergraduate degree at the University of New Haven and recently completed her Master’s in Nutrition at the University of Rhode Island. Michelle grew up as a competitive dancer and danced in various shows in New York City. This is where she first found her love for food and nutrition. As she learned more about how the foods she ate affected her performance, she wanted to learn all she could. Michelle believes all food has a place in the diet and she prefers to teach people about the benefits of keeping a well-balanced diet with all the food groups!
Michelle is hands-on and involved in everything we do on campus. She holds bi-weekly tabling’s on topics such as healthy eating, diet culture, and Tasting Tuesdays, which is where we introduce new foods and have recipes available for you! Attend one of her events and enter to win a raffle of fun Bentley gear and more! In addition, we also hold food demos for students in the 921, where we discuss some of the benefits of healthy food while our chef prepares it right in front of you!
The dining team works to create healthy food options across campus and is available to assist students in making sustainable changes to their diet that fit their lifestyle.
Have questions about your nutrition? Or just interested in learning more about the food and dining on campus? Let’s chat! Contact Michelle!
Talk to Us about Your Food Allergies and Diet Needs!
Students with special dietary needs are expected to communicate their dietary restrictions and requirements to the Bentley Dining Team. We take pride in serving you wholesome ingredients, preparing recipes accurately, and providing nutritional analysis and ingredient statements through our online menus. From our general manager to our front line servers, we work carefully to address food allergies, intolerances, and other special dietary needs.
We want to meet one-on-one with you if you have individual dining needs to ensure that your dining experience is safe, delicious, and social. If you have a food allergy/special dietary concern, please contact our Campus Dietitian, Michelle Switach or send us a note using the feedback form.
*The Health Center and all Campus Police have epi-pens available for emergency situations.
My Zone is our secured campus “pantry” where food items needed by students with Celiac disease, peanut or tree nut allergies are stored and prepared with precautions against cross-contact. This area is free of tree nut, peanut and gluten-containing ingredients and products. To gain access to My Zone please talk to one of our managers to schedule a short orientation. For more information, please email Michelle Switach.
Simple Servings is our allergen-safe, dining option in The 921 for our customers with food allergies or gluten intolerance. This station offers food free from peanuts, tree nuts, shellfish, wheat, soy, milk products, eggs, and gluten-containing ingredients. Simple Servings staff members are carefully trained to avoid cross-contact with food allergens and thus food is prepared on separate equipment to limit possibility of cross contact.
Mindful is Sodexo's health & wellness approach that helps you make healthy choices second nature! We are committed to creating healthy environments for our customers. Central to this effort is providing healthy, nutritious foods. The result of this initiative is an approach that focuses on transparency of ingredients, delicious food, satisfying portions and clarity in message so that you can make Mindful choices!
Mindful offerings meet stringent nutritional criteria based on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Each meal part is limited in calories, has fewer than 30% of calories as fat, fewer than 10 % of calories as saturated fat, and is restricted in sodium, and cholesterol. Look for the Mindful icon to indulge in the healthy and delicious items offered at each meal.
Food items with this icon comply with the food preparation policy of Islamic law.
Menu items with the vegetarian icon contain no meat, fish or poultry, or any meat products such as soup base. Our vegetarian offerings meet the needs of lacto-ovo vegetarians and may include eggs and/or dairy products.
Vegan offerings contain no meat, fish, eggs, milk or other animal-derived products such as honey.