Chatham University

Dining Services

Chatham University and Parkhurst Dining Services:

Parkhurst Dining Services understands that dining is an integral part of the college experience. That’s why we offer students a number of delicious and healthful dining options. Our dining plans provide the ultimate in flexibility and offer something to satisfy even the most discriminating tastes.

Chatham University’s meal plan options focus on wellness and are designed to fit the busy lifestyle of today’s students. It all starts in the Parkhurst kitchen, where you’ll find meals made with only the freshest and finest of ingredients, prepared from scratch by our experienced chefs. The result is an impressive selection of nutritious and great-tasting culinary offerings.

Join us in Anderson Dining Hall for eggs made fresh to order every day or try a delicious warm waffle with a variety of toppings. Build your own salad made with fresh vegetables and delicious homemade dressings. Try our grill for a hamburger or one of the delicious daily specials. We also offer home–style traditional entrees like Mom might make in our Parkside area. You will taste our Hemisflavors cuisine, which uses ingredients, flavors and authentic cooking techniques that are indigenous to a variety of world regions. If you are looking for a light bite or a quick meal to go, don’t forget to check out the Weathervane Snack Bar. Our menu lets you build your own salad or sandwich just how you like it. There are also a large variety of on the go items including sushi, wraps, fresh fruit and salads. Feeling a little low energy, then stop in at Café Rachel for an espresso drink, smoothie or quick snack from one of our friendly team members. If you are in the Eastside building, don’t forget to visit the Eastside Café and enjoy a slice of pizza made from our own homemade pizza dough, a burger off the Grille or a fresh made sandwich from the Deli on our local bakery bread.

Nutrition, variety and flexibility – that’s what you can expect from Chatham University Dining Services.

Because good food should be good for you, too.

At Parkhurst Dining Services we are 100% committed to fresh food. At Parkhurst “fresh” has never been a catchword – it’s been a way of life. Our Showcase Salads are freshly made from scratch, from original recipes developed by our chefs. Soups are made from scratch every day. They don’t come from a pouch, box or can. Bakery items are baked fresh every day.

Parkhurst Dining Services prides itself on our Food Gold Standards, which ensure the campus community of always having the freshest and most wholesome meals. We focus on the nutritional side of campus life! These are just some of the many Gold Standards we live by:

  • Fresh seasonal vegetables daily
  • USDA choice or above beef is always used
  • Minimum of five fresh fruits daily
  • No processed vegetables on our salad bar
  • Hand-breaded fish
  • Soups made from scratch
  • Eggs to order daily
  • Pizza dough made from scratch
  • Fresh ground beef is used for hamburgers and entrees
  • Hand pressed hamburgers
  • Foods prepared from scratch using real ingredients

…Fresh, Local, Familiar, Delicious
A commitment to the local community

Our FarmSource program is an initiative to find and partner with some of the finest local growers and producers. With assistance from organizations like Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture, we are able to enhance the freshness and quality of our product offerings with our compromising our commitment to food safety…while supporting and strengthening the local agricultural community.

Ecosteps to Sustainability

As we continue to expand our role as a socially responsible company, our EcoSteps logo will highlight items that are part of our efforts to become a more sustainable company. Currently Parkhurst Dining Services is implementing the following at Chatham University:

  • Compostable containers are used in our “on the go” program and for disposable catering
  • Spent fryer oil is converted to bio–diesel fuel (Parkhurst only uses trans fat–free canola oil – a healthier alternative)
  • Recycled paper is used for the majority of our marketing materials
  • Napkins are made from recycled paper
  • We offer a recyclable mug program at Café Rachel and Eastside Café
  • We follow the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch guidelines for purchasing sustainable seafood
  • We compost all of our pre and post consumer food waste in Anderson Dining Hall

Meal Plan Options

Chatham University Dining Service's goal is to match students with the meal plan that meets and exceeds their expectations. These plans give our diners control and flexibility along with the best value for the dollar. Students can use their Chatham ID for the safety and convenience of cashless dining. If you are living in one of the Upper Campus housing options, then you must take one of the "Chatham" meal plans. If you are a traditional undergraduate living in one of the Chatham-owned apartments, you must take one of the "Cougar" meal plans.

NOTE: Meals and meal equivalencies are not available during Thanksgiving, Winter and Spring breaks. You are able to use flex or Cougar dollars during those times only.

Chatham Platinum: This plan is for the student who wants to be able to come and go from Anderson and grab a bite at any time of the day or evening. There are unlimited meals with this plan for use in Anderson and $25.00 in flex for use in Café Rachel or Eastside Café.

Chatham Gold: This plan is for the active student who plans on taking most of their meals in Anderson. There are 19 meals per week and $55 in flex dollars per semester included. This plan is the best value for the dollar.

Chatham Silver: This plan is for the student who does not always get out of bed and might miss breakfast or is not on campus during some of the meal periods. There are 14 meals per week and $110 in flex dollars per semester included. This plan is structured to offer more flexibility.

Chatham Bronze: This plan is designed for the student who spends more time off campus and is looking for the most flexibility in a meal plan. There are 10 meals per week and $220 in flex dollars per semester included. The additional flex dollars allow for "stocking up" retail items or having a few more smoothies or mochas at Café Rachel.

Chatham Steel: This block plan is the most flexible of the upper campus meal plans. There are 200 meals that can be used at any time during the semester and $200 in flex dollars per semester. This plan is not available to First Years.

Cougar Platinum: This plan is designed for the student who lives in one of the Chatham-owned apartments or off campus and is on campus everyday for classes, work or study. There are 5 meals per week and $220 in flex dollars per semester.

Cougar Gold: This block plan is designed for the student who is on campus often but not always on a regular basis and is looking for the most flexibility in a meal plan. There are 100 meals and $200 in flex dollars per semester.

Cougar Silver: This plan is designed to accommodate the student who is on campus less often and not on a regular basis and is looking for fewer meals. There are 50 meals and $200 in flex dollars per semester.

Cougar Bronze: This plan is the minimum required plan for undergraduates that live in the Chatham-owned apartments. It is designed for those that are on campus only occasionally or who pack a lunch or dinner most days and are just looking for the ability to have a meal or snack without worrying about carrying cash. This plan includes 25 meals and $200 in flex dollars per semester.

Unused block plans expire at the end of each semester and the meals in the traditional plans expire at the end of each week. Flex dollars roll over from fall to spring semesters only with the purchase of a spring meal plan.

Cougar Dollars: For those who want to add extra dining dollars to their cards, these are sold in blocks of $50. For every $50 in Cougar Dollars you purchase, you receive $55.00 to spend. Cougar Dollars also roll over from term to term and year to year as long as you are a member of the Chatham community. Cougar Dollars can be purchased if you do not have a meal plan.

Can I bring a friend to Anderson?
Yes, you can use your flex dollars, Cougar dollars or cash to pay for their meals.

Can I use more than one block per meal period?
No, but there are 5 distinct meal periods during the day for you to use - breakfast, lunch, afternoon, dinner and after dinner. The only exception to this is with the Chatham Platinum plan that allows for unlimited trips to Anderson.

Can I use one of my meals to pay for my friend's meal?
No, only one meal block per dining period may be used.

Do flex dollars expire at the end of each semester?
Flex dollars carry over between fall and spring semester if you remain on the meal plan and expire at the end of each academic year.

Do unused meal blocks carry over from fall to spring semester?
No they do not, only flex dollars do.

May I add more flex dollars to my account?
You can add Cougar dollars in $50 increments to your account. These carry over from semester to semester and year to year as long as you are an active member of the Chatham community.

Where do I find out what the menus are?
The menus are posted on the MyChatham home page of the intranet.

How do I purchase a meal plan?
Meal Plans are purchased on MyChatham.

Can I change my meal plan once the semester begins?
Yes, you have until add/drop day to make that change.

Purchase Cougar Dollars Online