Send-a-Sweet: 859-5483 www.colby.edu/dining.serv/
Daily Menus: www.colby.edu/campus_cs/dining_services/menus/
Colby has three dining halls, and each has its own personality. Foss is known for vegetarian (and vegan) options and features organic food. Dana offers a food court atmosphere with an interactive international station featuring specialties from around the world, as well as burgers, pizza, and pasta entrees. Roberts (informally “Bob’s”) was completely renovated in 2006 and now serves restaurant-style meals.
Students give Colby’s food high marks, ranking it among the best college dining-hall fare in the country. The dining services staff is both responsive to student requests and eager to innovate, whether it’s by introducing new ethnic foods, working on fresher and made-to-order meals, or even preparing students’ favorite recipes from home. The College offers a board plan of 21 meals per week for all resident students. Students living in the Alfond Senior Apartment Complex or off campus who do not subscribe to the full meal plan are entitled to a partial rebate on the comprehensive fee (see “Fees” section) and receive 100-meal credits per semester.
Beginning in 2007-08, students on full or partial meal plans may use a meal credit to eat one special (denoted as the daily special) meal each week in the Spa in Cotter Union. In addition, breakfast on Saturdays and Sundays is served only in the Spa.
Students are required to present their ColbyCard at each meal. Students will not be admitted to any dining hall if that student is under the influence of alcohol or drugs and will be asked to leave if their presence is problematic.
All events that are funded by the College and are for College purposes must be catered by Dining Services. Contact the catering manager (ext. 5466) at least three days prior to the event to arrange event catering.
Dining Services encourages students with dietary concerns or restrictions to work one-on-one with the management staff. The dining hall managers and production staff can assist students in making choices that best fit a student’s personal dietary needs. They can also highlight the diverse options available for students maintaining a vegetarian or vegan diet.
Dining Services provides one formal dinner each semester for each class. Class officers should begin making plans with the catering manager two weeks in advance of the agreed-upon date.
Each student on a 21-Meal Plan has five guest meal passes per semester encoded on their meal card. This allows students to have a guest accompany them to eat in the dining hall at no charge. Students on the 100-Meal Plan have two guest meal passes. Guest meal passes are not transferable between semesters.
Send-a-Sweet lets families have special occasion cakes, cookies, fruit baskets, brownies, large inscription cookies, or get-well packages delivered to their Colby student. Another option is Bagged in Maine, which offers a different “Maine Bag” each month, with contents geared toward a monthly theme. Send-a-Sweet or Bagged in Maine can be ordered by phone at 859-5483.
Dining Services has developed a special catering menu featuring reduced “to-go” pricing for students. The menu is listed on Dining Services website and just requires a phone call to Roberts Dining Hall to place an order.
Dining Services has joined forces with Colby's Physical Plant Department to reduce water usage and improve waste management which resulted in winning the 2002 Governor's Award for Environmental Excellence. Dining Services also works with Colby's Environmental Advisory Group to seek out ways to do our business without adversely affecting the world around us. Current programs involve composting all pre- and post-consumer waste, removing paper cups and trays from all dining halls, purchasing fish for the board plan from “The Fish List,” a nationally recognized guideline for eco-friendly and sustainable seafood purchasing, recycling fry oil for use in bio-diesel in farm equipment in Maine, and working with over 100 local growers to provide fresh local dairy and produce for Colby students.
An entire residence hall or an individual floor may arrange for take-out meals in lieu of a dining hall meal by making arrangements with their dining hall manager at least three working days in advance.
Students living off campus or in the Harold and Bibby Alfond Senior Apartment Complex are entitled to 100 meals per semester in the dining halls.