Life at Hendrix
The award-winning Hendrix cafeteria in the Student Life and Technology Center serves everything from home-style dining and deli sandwiches to desserts and delicacies for a diversity of diets.
Hendrix College was named one of America's top 25 schools for Best College Food by Cappex.com.
Our Dining Services received national recognition from the National Association of College and University Food Services.
Our Dining Services team makes meals more than just a time to eat.
Informal lunches called “theme days” celebrate holidays like Halloween and Saint Patrick's Day plus Rock N' Roll Day with a live band and Wiener Day with every imaginable variation of hot dog. Sundae Thursday is a weekly lunch tradition and the cafeteria crew rushes into the dining hall with a lighted cake, singing "Happy, Happy Birthday," any time a birthday rolls around!
Working with the city recycling program, local farmers, and the Hendrix community, we promote a cleaner environment and a community of well-being.
The Hendrix Campus Garden produces organic tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers (green, jalapeño, and banana), kale, numerous herbs, and lettuces during the summer and fall seasons, as well as kale, a variety of lettuces, and squashes in the winter months. These foods are used in our dining hall and by our catering department.
A significant percent of food purchases are locally sourced (grown, raised, or processed), including fresh produce, milk, sour cream, yogurt, beef, pastries, bacon, canned vegetables, and poultry, as well as fresh salad bar ingredients including organic apples, grapes, spinach, and mixed greens.
Hendrix Dining Services trades the majority of our trash cans for recycling bins and reduces the amount of waste produced in our kitchen. All frying oil is collected for recycling, and cardboard boxes are baled and collected.
Voice Your Choice, a Hendrix dining campaign, gives students the power to save on plates and put their food directly on the tray if they’re willing to pass on the chance for a sparkly, good luck, disco tray!
Eating a vegetarian or vegan diet can help reduce the risk of chronic health conditions and helps to preserve natural resources. And it's easy to do at Hendrix with options available at each station, every day!
Students can enjoy low-fat, vegetarian, vegan, allergy-free, local and organic options. Students are encouraged to speak with the registered dietitian if they have any dietary concerns or need nutritional advice.
Hendrix makes every attempt to identify ingredients that may cause allergic reactions for those with food allergies. We label items with possible allergen-containing ingredients, and nutrition icons are a guide for students who have certain food preferences or allergies.
Everyone in the cafeteria makes Hendrix feel more like home for the students, and they deserve recognition for a job well done.
In college and university culinary arts, the ultimate professional tribute is the National Association of College and University Food Services (NACUFS) Loyal E. Horton Dining Award, which salutes the most successful ideas in menus, presentations, special event planning, and new dining concepts. Naturally, Hendrix is a regular Horton Dining Award recipient. In 2015, Hendrix won the gold award for residential dining/special event for the Mediterranean Cruise theme-day, along with a silver residential dining award for the standard menu and a bronze award The Burrow snack bar and café.
Learn more about dining options in the Hendrix cafeteria, hours of operation, and see the menu of the week.