Frequently Asked Questions

The University of Redlands is pleased to be partnering with Harvest Table Culinary Group to deliver a new on-campus dining experience beginning August 1. In an effort to keep you informed, here is some important information on food service for College of Arts and Sciences undergraduate students for the 2019–20 academic year:

What are the meal plan options? How much do they cost?

The meal plan options and the per-semester prices are:

  • Residential Student Weekly Plans (including 7 weekly meal exchanges)
    • 19 All-You-Care-to-Eat meals plus 250 Dining Dollars—$2,033; or
    • 14 All-You-Care-to-Eat meals plus 250 Dining Dollars—$1,796; or
    • 10 All-You-Care-to-Eat meals plus 250 Dining Dollars*—$1,528
  • Semester Block Plans (any All-You-Care-to-Eat meal in a Block Plan can be used as a meal exchange)
    • 100 All-You-Care-to-Eat meals plus 250 Dining Dollars Dollars**—$1,193; or
    • 75 All-You-Care-to-Eat meals plus 250 Dining Dollars***—$897
  • May Term Block Plan: 
    • 50 All-You-Care-to-Eat meals plus 75 Dining Dollars****—$250

*minimum plan for students living on campus

**minimum plan for students living on campus in a University house or apartment

***only available for off campus students

****required for all students living on campus enrolled in a full four-week May Term course


What is an All-You-Care-to-Eat meal?

As the name suggests, this option lets you swipe your card and enjoy all you would like to eat during one visit without having to worry about budgeting for individual dishes. The Table at Irvine Commons (formerly The Irvine Commons) will be an All-You-Care-to-Eat experience; no à la carte options will be available. Meal Exchanges, as well as à la carte purchases using cash, credit, or Dining Dollars can be made at all other campus dining locations.


Could you explain meal exchanges?

Meal exchanges are a set combination, often an entrée, side, and drink, offered at campus food-service locations other than The Table at Irvine Commons that can be applied to your weekly meal balance. Examples of meal exchange bundles include avocado toast and coffee; a freshly made acai bowl with seasonal fruit; or a grab-and-go salad or sandwich, yogurt, and fresh juice. Those with a weekly plan can use up to seven meal exchanges per week; there is no limit for block plan customers. To use a meal exchange, you will select or order the bundle and ask the cashier to pay with a swipe instead of Dining Dollars or cash. When your schedule is tight, this is an easy way to grab-and-go.


What are “Dining Dollars”?

Formerly known as DCBs (declining cash balance), Dining Dollars can be used at all campus food-service venues. Dining Dollars are intended to support à la carte purchases, a snack or cup of coffee, for example. While Dining Dollars can be used at The Table at Irvine Commons, this venue is best used for meal swipes, so Dining Dollars should be used there only if you run out of meal swipes in a given week. Dining Dollars roll over from the fall to the spring semester and expire annually on the last serving day of the spring semester. May Term Dining Dollars expire the day after May Term finals. If you run out of Dining Dollars, you will be able to add funds to your account using a secure online portal.  


If I have a Weekly Meal Plan, do unused All-You-Care-to-Eat meal swipes roll over to the next week?

In this type of plan, each week begins with the same set number of All-You-Care-to-Eat meals available to you. Unused meal swipes do not roll over from week to week.


What food venues will be available on the Redlands campus when students arrive in the fall?

Food service locations available at the beginning of the fall semester include:

  • The Table at Irvine Commons
  • Bulldog Java & Juice (formerly known as the Bulldog Café)
  • The Plaza, adjacent to The Table at Irvine Commons

Additional food service venues will open after renovations, including:

  • Launch: A Test and Guest Kitchen, a new offering that will be located in the current Plaza area beginning in January 2020; this space will host guest chefs, vendors and student workshops.
  • The Den at Redlands, a casual eatery that will open in the location of the former University Club adjacent to Hunsaker Plaza next to Colton Avenue.

Also, throughout the academic year, watch for opportunities to taste test food and beverage items off the new menu.


If I’m in a hurry, can I get carry out at The Table at Irvine Commons?

Yes, you can get a to-go box instead of dining on-site at The Table.


What are the start and end dates of regular food service for the upcoming fall, spring, and May Term semesters?


  • Fall semester meal plans begin with brunch on Sunday, September 1, 2019.  This means if you have permission to return to campus prior to Sunday, September 1, 2019, and you are not part of a sponsored group of early arrivals (new first-year students, NCAA student athletes, orientation leaders, etc.), you should be prepared to pay with cash or credit card when dining on campus until the official meal plan period begins.
  • Dinner on Saturday, December 14, 2019, is the last meal served as part of fall semester meal plans.


  • Spring semester meal plans will begin with dinner on Sunday, January 5, 2020. This means if you have permission to return to campus prior to the dinner hours on Sunday, January 5, and you are not a member of a sponsored group, you will need to pay with cash or credit card when dining on campus until the meal plan starts.
  • Lunch on April 18, 2020 is the last meal served as part of spring term meal plans.
  • Any remaining Meal Plan Dining Dollars at the end of the spring semester will expire at 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 18, 2020. 


  • May Term plans will begin with dinner on Sunday, April 26, 2020.The final meal will be lunch on Friday, May 22, 2020. Any remaining Meal Plan Dining Dollars expire that day at 5 p.m.


What if I need to be on campus outside these dates as part of my Bulldog varsity athletic activities?

The Department of Intercollegiate Athletics will manage meal plans for student-athletes required to be on campus outside of the meal plan dates noted above—early arrival fall student-athletes on campus prior to September 1, 2019; winter sport student-athletes remaining on campus during the winter holiday break; and spring sport student-athletes remaining on campus after April 18, 2020. Specific information will be provided to team members at the appropriate time.


What food service will be available over school breaks for other students staying on campus?

Limited service will be available during Study Days and Spring Break. Thanksgiving week will include some days of limited service and some days when all venues will be closed. Although no meal plans are active over May Break, the week between the end of spring semester and the beginning of May Term, there will be limited service for those seeking meals for purchase with Dining Dollars, cash, or credit cards. Details will be shared at the start of each semester so students can plan accordingly.


How long do I have to adjust my fall semester meal plan?

Final meal plan selections must be made using the MyRedlands Housing Portal by Friday, September 13, 2019.  No changes will be permitted for the semester after that date.


Can I switch meal plans between semesters?

Yes, there will be a period in the late fall when you will be able to change your plan for the spring semester using MyRedlands Housing Portal.


Are guests allowed to eat in The Table at Irvine Commons? Can I host guests using meal swipes or Dining Dollars? 

Guests are certainly welcome to eat at all dining venues, including The Table at Irvine Commons. While meal swipes at The Table at Irvine Commons can only be used by the student who “owns” them, meals at The Table are available to guests through Dining Dollars, cash, or credit card. At other on-campus venues, students also have the option to use a meal exchange to pay for a guest’s meal.

Walk-up prices for guests at The Table for All-You-Care-to-Eat meals are: 

  • Breakfast: $11.50
  • Lunch: $13.50
  • Dinner:  $13.50


Will food options address the needs of those who have allergies, special dietary preferences, and/or dietary restrictions?

Harvest Table was the vendor of choice in part because of its proven commitment to the unique dietary needs of their customers, as the Redlands team confirmed during site visits to other Harvest Table accounts. Gluten-free, vegan, and vegetarian options will always be available; there will be interactive technology to guide healthy choices; and food options will be labeled.

A registered dietician is a member of the Harvest Table leadership team and will be on-site and available to discuss individual needs. Harvest Table members will work collaboratively with Academic Support and Disability Services to meet the needs of students needing specific accommodations. 


Who do I contact with questions?

Please email any questions about meal plans to; we anticipate a high volume of inquiries, so please anticipate a response within three to five business days, noting that response times may be longer during the week of the July 4th holiday. To contact on-site Harvest Table staff with food-related questions, please email or call 909-748-8959.