Dining Areas

At Taylor, meal time is not just about physical nourishment—often it’s also about fellowship, personal growth, and conversation around the table with your wing, sports teams, classmates, and friends. Because of this, we value intentionally providing the following spaces to do so as a part of your Taylor experience with breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Hodson Dining Commons

The Dining Commons, or “DC,” serves the entire student body in a self-serve buffet dining experience. The DC provides a variety of food choices for the students who gather for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Daily meal choices include traditional Midwest and American fare, global and health-conscious options, a pasta section, Mexican section, salad bar, deli, cereal selection, burger bar, and daily specials made to order.

Because the DC is the primary place for students to eat on campus, dining services staff continually evaluate how they can improve the dining experience. And more than that, they have a heart for serving and enjoy getting to know students personally.

There is continuous dining from 7:00AM – 7:30PM during Fall and Spring semesters. Hot food will only be served during the following hours:

D.C. Hours – Summer
Breakfast Everyday 7:00AM – 9:00AM
Lunch Everyday 11:00AM – 1:30PM
Dinner Everyday 4:45PM – 6:45PM
Special Dietary Needs & Allergies

Every item that we serve in both the Dining Commons and the Boren Center Food Court will be accompanied with labels to list any of the eight major food allergens. Therefore, if an item contains soy, dairy, shellfish, gluten, peanuts, tree nuts, or eggs, a special icon will be placed on that item’s label.

Our head chef works closely with students who have special dietary requirements and allergies. For those with a low to moderate level of need, he works to provide specific food options that meet their needs and tries to be available for questions.

Individuals with more serious needs should meet regularly with dining services staff to be sure their needs are accommodated. These students also are assigned to a specific staff member who oversees the needs of that student and prepares their meals to their required specifications.

If you have any questions please feel free to ask any Taylor Dining Employee, contact Director of Dining Services Nate Haugh at 765-998-4908 or nate_haugh@taylor.edu, or contact Chef Nathaniel Malone at 765-998-4710 or nathaniel_malone@taylor.edu.

Additional Information

Please contact the Creative Dining staff at 765-998-5296 for more information.

LaRita Boren Campus Center

The LaRita Boren Campus Center surrounds the Rediger Chapel/Auditorium and hosts a prime spot for studying and socializing. This new facility is the home for our student development program as well as a community space for our students, staff, parents, and alumni to gather; it also houses the Campus Store Express and secondary destinations for meals. Dining Dollars, part of every meal plan, allow students the freedom to enjoy meals here, in addition to the DC.

In addition to grab-and-go items, the Campus Center has four different dining destinations in a food court-style setup where each functions as its own restaurant. These options include:

  • Chick-Fil-A Express (limited Chick-Fil-A menu)
  • Dashi Noodle Bar (Asian noodles, choose-your-own toppings)
  • Emma & Charlie’s Pizza (pizza by the slice and hot sandwiches)
  • Fresh, and Fresh Express (hand-tossed salads, soups, and on-the-go sandwiches)

Campus Center destinations have separate hours from the Dining Commons so approved students can eat later lunches or dinners.

Campus Center Summer Specials
Mon-Fri 11:30AM-1:00PM
Monday Burgers
Tuesday Taco Salad
Wednesday BBQ Pork Sandwich
Thursday Southwest Salad
Friday Pizza
Mon-Fri Chick-Fil-A
Allergy Information

Our dining services staff works with students who have allergies and dietary restrictions. If you have special food requirements, please review the allergy document and call the Creative Dining staff at 765-998-5296 with any questions.

The Jumping Bean

The Jumping Bean is Taylor’s on-campus coffee shop, located at the entrance of the LaRita Boren Campus Center. Owned and operated by a Taylor alum, The Jumping Bean is committed to bringing together the Taylor community over classic and unique cafe beverages. It’s also dedicated to serving high-quality coffee beans purchased from local vendors and socially responsible distributors. Most of its specialty drinks are named for campus traditions and well-known faculty. Come and check it out for yourself!

Jumping Bean Hours
Monday – Thursday 7:30 AM – 10:00 PM
Friday 7:30 AM – 12:00 AM
Saturday 1:00 PM – 12:00 AM
Sunday 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM