Bruin Cafe plans to offer kosher and halal sandwiches and salads starting within the next week, providing more diet-specific dining options for students on the Hill.
Associate Director of Dining Services Connie Foster and members of the Jewish Student Union and the Muslim Student Association agreed upon the inclusion of kosher Chinese chicken salads, turkey onion roll sandwiches and turkey pastrami sandwiches on rye. The foods will be available for a meal-plan swipe plus an additional charge of $1 to $2, depending on the item.
The meals will come with a fountain drink and possibly fruit as a side, though the side-dish details have not been decided.
Catering company Got Kosher? will be providing these options. The company has also been providing kosher sandwiches at the Cooperage and the Bombshelter, two on-campus eateries, for the past two years.
Jewish and Muslim student groups expressed excitement about the inclusion of these foods, calling it an initial victory toward their longer-term goal.
"The Jewish and Muslim communities are thrilled at this news," said Ariel Hecht, JSU advocacy chairman, in a May 3 press release.
But Hecht also said "these sandwiches are ... simply the first stage in the ultimate goal of having kosher and halal meat in every residential dining facility."
MSA President Aliya Hussaini said she was also excited about Bruin Cafe's new kosher and halal food options.
"It is something that our community is in need of," Hussaini said.