The Dining Commons
Located within the Community Center, the Dining Commons features five stations — Grill, Baraka, L'Chaim, Harvest and Wok — that promote health, wellness and sustainability by focusing on international cuisine, vegan options and avoiding food with allergens. The wide variety of menu options includes food being cooked to order and made from scratch, as well as locally-sourced produce and protein.
See the main Dining Services page for the Dining Commons hours of operation.
Prices at the door for those not using a meal swipe:
- Breakfast: $9
- Brunch/Lunch: $12.50
- Dinner: $14.50
- Late night: $10
Upon entering the Mount Holyoke College Dining Commons the first station to greet you is the Classics station. Here we have a collection of International Cuisine options as well as many Classic comfort food menu items to choose from all “Made Without Gluten”.
Just a few examples are: breakfast-allergen free pancakes, scrambled tofu, steel cut oatmeal, miso soup and congee. There is also a wide selection of toppings that accompany the oatmeal and congee. Lunch can range from brined chicken breast to Huli-Huli tofu, pork carnitas and Tex-Mex quinoa bean patty, just to name a few! Dinner options are varied as well: roast turkey with all the fixings, taco bar, cauliflower crust cheese pizza and gluten free mozzarella tomato basil sandwich are just some of the delicious items at Classics. Gluten free soup served at lunch and dinner, also gluten free pasta available upon request all day every day.
The Grill welcomes you with a wide variety of tantalizing menu items that include breakfast, lunch, dinner and late night, which on Friday and Saturday is open until midnight.
Some examples for breakfast are: eggs, scrambled, poached or fried; pancakes; french toast; homefries; O’Brien potatoes or shredded hash brown potatoes with squash and sage.
Lunch has offerings from hot dogs, macaroni and cheese to honey miso chicken wings and sesame garlic tofu.
Dinner can range from hamburgers, chicken fajitas, BBQ tofu to pierogi and mozzarella tomato basil sandwiches.
The late night menu has student favorites: breaded chicken tenders, french fries, vegan sesame nuggets, breaded mozzarella sticks or jalapeño poppers.
The Global Station serves a menu with an international flair.
Traveling around the globe with our menu allows us to serve a variety of internationally inspired items such as: Chicken Tikka Masala, Fried Plantains, a variety of meats, vegetables and fruits roasted in our very own rotisserie and pasta (available daily with marinara), also some varieties of our pasta are house made. You’ll also see the glow from the flames inside our stone hearth pizza oven. From this oven comes fresh homemade pizza as well as stromboli, calzones, baked onion soup and garlic bread.
Offering a large selection of locally sourced fresh seasonal vegetables and fruits giving you the opportunity to create your own salad. Additions of ancient grains, dried fruits, proteins, hummus, various beans and seeds topped with some of our own homemade dressing give you a fresh and nutritious meal. Additions of daily homemade soups, smoothies as well as some of the best baked goods made in our own MHC bakery located right here on campus. The Harvest Station is a one stop location to enjoy fresh local varieties of New England vegetables and fruits.
Visit the wok station for some authentic fresh Asian ingredients and recipes like char siu pork, steamed buns, homemade egg rolls, a variety of fried rice and homemade soups and stocks. Create your own stir fry with your choice of protein (our seitan is made in house), fresh vegetables, assorted rice or noodles and homemade signature sauces. Or stop by the induction pans for the prepared “special” of the day which includes recipes like beef with broccoli and pad Thai noodles, General Tso’s Chicken, and Vietnamese vegetable crepes.
Baraka is the name for the Halal station. You’ll find our famous Indian Dal served for lunch and dinner everyday at this station along with rice and naan. The meats and chicken are Halal and go into a variety of dishes like Tandoori chicken, Lamb and Beef Kofta, chicken tacos, Carne Guisada and Chicken Biryani. Fresh vegetables and accompaniments round out each meal.
Made to Order Deli
Our Deli station offers your choice of hot or cold sandwiches, paninis, quesadillas made fresh right in front of our customers. Adding great local fresh vegetables, proteins, homemade spreads and a combination of items gives you a unique meal that changes to your tastes daily.
Breakfast All Day
The specialty of this station is omelets and eggs cooked to your liking. These can be made with egg whites or our locally sourced whole eggs, with choices from our toppings bar. This includes vegetables, cheeses and meats, which are also locally sourced as well.
The sushi station rotates its menu with a variety of different sushi wraps that can be topped off with homemade sauces that include our own yum yum sauce, gochujang sauce, wasabi sauce, mango sauce, ponzu sauce and more. Sprinkle on some toasted sesame seeds, soy sauce, or furikake seasoning. Watch for the many daily specials offered.
L’Chaim is the name for our Kosher dining area located within a beautiful view of our outside patio and lower lake. Kosher meats are served on Tuesdays and Fridays for lunch and dinner. The menu is varied and most everything is homemade. You’ll find pizza, pasta, sandwiches, fresh fish, vegan alternatives and delicious fresh seasonal vegetables.
This station is known for its extensive Sunday brunch and its homemade desserts.
The Cochary Pub & Kitchen
Located within the Community Center, the Cochary Pub & Kitchen offers a variety of locally sourced pub-style dishes and beverages as well as fresh baked desserts and pastries from our campus bakery.
A few of the locally sourced options at the Pub include:
- Beef from Austin Brothers Valley Farm, located 13 miles from campus.
- Potatoes from Szawlowski Potato Farms, located 15 miles from campus.
- Homemade dishes created with an emphasis on locally grown and seasonal ingredients.
- Wine from Black Birch Vineyard, located 17 miles from campus.
- Beer from Stoneman Brewery, located 43 miles from campus.
- Beer from four other New England-based breweries that utilize locally grown ingredients.
The Cochary Pub & Kitchen also serves Teatulia Organic Teas and Pierce Bros coffee, both of which are certified organic and fair trade. We have an array of breakfast pastries and desserts, including Mount Holyoke’s famous Chef Jeff cookies.
All of the food served in the Cochary Pub & Kitchen is homemade. By using as many locally and responsibly sourced ingredients as we can, we are making a commitment to create wholesome, healthy products that benefit the grower, the consumer and the environment alike.
Most of the beer and wine served in the Cochary Pub & Kitchen is produced here in Massachusetts, utilizing many locally grown ingredients. These businesses also take many steps towards increasing the sustainability of their operations through recycling, composting and using renewable energy. Two of the breweries, Wash Ashore from Edgartown on Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts, and Portland, Maine’s Peak Organic, are certified organic.
Dining Services is proud to support these businesses, which have made conscious efforts to create products that are not only delicious but are also good for the environment, good for local communities and good for the regional economy.
The Cochary Pub & Kitchen accepts Dining Dollars, cash, credit, and the OneCard if there’s funds in your MHCXpress account. Whether you stop in for a small bite, pick-me-up coffee, or a beer or glass of wine with friends, rest assured that you are consuming a responsibly made product with an emphasis on local sourcing.
Located on the lower level of the MHC library, the student-run Frances Perk Coffee shop offers a wide variety of beverages and snacks. We serve locally roasted coffee from Indigo Coffee Roasters of Northampton MA. Indigo Coffee is an independent artisan coffee roaster that is Certified USDA Organic, Fair Trade, and Kosher. All of our fresh pastries are baked daily at our own MHC bake shop right here on campus. Please join us for a coffee, latte, cappuccino, tea, and a delicious pastry!
Kendade Grab & Go
Kendade Grab & Go is Back! Located in the Kendade Hall Science Center atrium on the first floor, this centrally located lunch spot offers a fast fresh menu. Choices include a variety of fresh made sandwiches, salads, bowls, and bento boxes made fresh daily. Chips, homemade desserts and cold beverages are also available. Visit us for a healthy meal on the go during your busy day.