Penn Grows Assortment of Dining Options Serving Local Foods

October 10, 2012

When you bite into a pineapple, you know it wasn't grown in Pennsylvania or New Jersey - but what about that spinach in your salad or the beef in your burger? If you care about eating food that is raised locally - and many do because local food is fresher, tastier, and usually better for the environment - then you should know that there are plenty of local food options right on campus:


  • Bon Appétit - Penn's food service provider is one of the industry leaders in sustainable food practices. This year, with the renovation of 1920 Commons, the Penn Community has even more choices, including fresh pizza at Pi and made-to-order dishes at Global Fusion.The weekly barbeque on the patio outside Joe's Café at Steinberg Hall-Dietrich Hall features local chicken, beef or pork hot off the grill. (View Joe's Café menu.)
  • Three New Cafes at Wharton - Penn now has three new cafes in Huntsman Hall. The Wharton Express features coffee and grab-and-go items. The Bridge Café, in the former Au Bon Pain location on Locust Walk, and the Plaza Café on the second floor offer regional foods including free-range poultry, pole-and-line caught albacore tuna, Lancaster County grain-fed beef, and locally grown vegetables. Try out the locally produced soda from New Hope Premium Fountain. All three cafes are operated by the Healthland Hospitality Group, based in Erdenheim, PA, which is dedicated to preparing food that is fresh, local and seasonal in a socially responsible manner.
  • Farmer's Market - Penn is fortunate to have a weekly campus farmer's market at the Penn Bookstore open every Wednesday from 9 am to 4 pm through the Fall, featuring fresh fruits, vegetables, chocolates, and baked goods

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