What's in an all-you-care-to-eat mandatory resident meal plan?
An all-you-care-to-eat meal plan unlocks wholesome meals, coffee, snacks, and more at Concordia University's two dining halls: one in the Grey Nuns Building at the Sir George Williams campus and the other, in the SC Building at the Loyola campus.
In 2021-22, dining halls will be restricted to students who live in residence and have purchased a mandatory meal plan.
Whether you're enjoying a meal with friends or snacking on the go, you'll reap multiple benefits from your meal plan.
Mandatory meal plan benefits
- Full and convenient access to breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well as snacks, and various hot and cold beverages
- Healthy choices
- A menu that caters to diverse needs and preferences, such as halal, vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, and lactose alternatives
- Comfort food
- International cuisine
- Fresh, local and seasonal ingredients (whenever available)
- Accomplished executive chef backed by a talented culinary team
- Dedicated onsite team of managers to field your questions and address your concerns
- Exclusive events that include theme nights, local food days, as well as health, wellness and sustainability activities
- Real-time feedback platforms to solicit your questions and comments about menu options and service satisfaction
- Consultation with a registered dietitian to accommodate special diets and address allergies and other dietary restrictions.
How we deal with allergies and dietary restrictions
Concordia Food Services does not operate in allergen- and peanut-free facilities. As a result, the culinary team cannot guarantee that food prepared in dining halls has not become cross-contaminated with allergens and peanuts.
If you have a self-identified or diagnosed allergy, intolerance or restriction
, you must consult with our registered dietitian
and verify whether our dining halls can accommodate your needs.
Your consultation session with a dietitian will cover: an assessment of dietary-specific needs; whether Concordia Food Services can accommodate your needs; the selection of a preliminary menu plan with alternatives where possible; determining whether the all-you-care-to-eat meal plan is right for you.
How we keep you safe during COVID-19
Your safety and that of our staff remains our number-one priority. When you step foot into each dining hall, you can expect:
- Increased frequencies of cleaning and sanitization of high-touch points
- Protective barriers between you and staff members serving you food from behind the counter
- Food service employees donning personal protective equipment to protect them and you
- Enforcement of facial coverings, which students must wear at all times
- Hand sanitizers at the main entrance and throughout the dining hall
- No self-serve (e.g., salad bar) or self-cook stations. Our staff members are happy to serve you!
- An optimized number of stations that ensure food variety
- Communications measures and signage that encourage social distancing
- Digital solutions to provide feedback about the menu and your dining experience
Meet your executive chef: Alejandro Velazquez Rodriguez
Chef Alejandro Velazquez says his natural curiosity and enthusiasm drive his creativity and eagerness to learn new techniques. He draws from more than 20 years of experience in the food services industry to lead and mobilize his team toward preparing and presenting high-quality dishes.
In 2019, Chef Alejandro began working for Aramark as an executive chef at large Canadian IT company and one year later, he became executive chef for Concordia Food Services.
A Management graduate from Colima University in Mexico, Chef Alejandro's passion for food propelled him toward hospitality services. Throughout his career, he has assumed roles as a sous-chef and executive chef at various Montreal restaurants, and catered for corporate events and banquets.
He says during his stint as Executive Chef at Montreal's Midtown Le Sanctuaire, he was proud to have prepared dinners for an annual fundraiser for the CHU Sainte-Justine children's hospital in which he collaborated with local celebrity chefs and their culinary teams on building the dishes.
With his capacity to listen attentively and superlative communications skills in French, English and Spanish, Chef Alejandro says he looks forward to interacting with students in the dining hall.
Away from work, he says he relishes being a dad to four boys, two of whom are twins. "I should have the medal of honor for that!" Chef Alejandro jokes.
- September 1, 2021: Fall 2021 semester begins. Dining halls open at dinner.
- November 1, 2021: Fall semester deadline to submit notice of withdrawal from residence.
- December 22, 2021: Fall 2021 semester ends. Following lunch service dining halls close.
- December 23, 2021-January 1, 2022: Dining halls closed for the holidays.
- January 2, 2022: Winter 2022 semester begins. Dining halls open at dinner.
- March 1, 2022: Winter semester deadline to submit notice of withdrawal from residence.
- May 2, 2022: Winter 2022 semester ends. Following lunch service, dining halls close for the summer.