Cal Dining is committed to serving food at the intersection of delicious, nutritious, and sustainable. In addition to focusing on plant-forward cooking, Cal Dining prioritizes using ingredients that are locally grown, humanely-treated, and environmentally and socially responsible. We adhere to the principles of Menus of Change including:
- Be transparent. We want our customers to know how their food was produced, including information on labor, animal welfare, and environmental practices.
- Fresh and seasonal, both local and global. We strive to source fresh, peak-of-season from farms practicing sustainable operations both locally and globally.
- Less meat, better meat. We strive to increase the ratio of plant-based foods on every plate, and source animal products from farms and ranches that practice good animal husbandry and environmental stewardship.
- Focus on whole, minimally processed foods. We focus on serving whole ingredients, and work to reduce processed foods in our kitchens and operations.
We define sustainable food according to the University of California Policy on Sustainable Practices. brown’s – a california cafe showcases most of the sustainable options served in Cal Dining.