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Carolina Food Co.

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Health & Wellness

We make it a priority to provide an enjoyable dining experience for everyone, regardless of dietary needs and preferences. A variety of resources and programming are available to make this possible.

Health and Wellness 

We make it a priority to provide a convenient, safe, and nutritious dining experience for everyone — regardless of dietary restrictions, allergies or preferences. Carolina Food Co. provides a wide variety of on-campus resources and programs to make this possible.  

Our on-campus chefs and dietitian are here to help take away the mystery of healthy eating. We recognize and accommodate food allergies, preferences, and special dietary needs in a way that’s personalized, sensitive and supportive. In fact, we pride ourselves on working with you to make sure you can find the food that fits your life. For more information, email mulkern-ashley@aramark.com 

Our chefs and dietitian have years of experience and leverage the latest science and health information from trusted organizations like the American Heart Association.  Check out their latest healthy living ideas at FYP365.com. 

Dietitian Services 

Carolina Food Co supports their goals with their full-time Registered Dietitian, Ashley Mulkern, MS, RD, LD. Her services to students, faculty, and staff build on our foundation of having safe and nutritious food available on campus. 

  • Food Allergies 
    • Individualized one-on-one consultations  
      • Common Topics: food allergies, dietary restrictions, food intolerances/sensitivities, general health and wellness goals, medical conditions 
    • Hosts campus dining tours of locations student visits most often  
    • Provides specific resources for dining safely on-campus 
    • Provides guidance for accessing ingredient and allergen information  
    • Connects students with chefs and management in on campus dining facilities 
    • Advocates for individual needs and requests of students 
    • Available as a resource throughout their time as a student at Carolina and more! 
  • Health and Wellness  
    • Hosts health and wellness activities in dining locations and on campus 
    • Brings awareness to the importance of a healthy lifestyle 
    • Collaborates with on campus organizations and departments to promote health and wellness 

Interested in setting up an appointment?  

*Registering with the Student Disability Resource Center prior to meeting is encouraged. You may register here. 

Special Dietary Needs

We strive to accommodate all forms of dietary needs and preferences. Students with medically required dietary restrictions due to food allergies, intolderances, and related conditions are strongly encouraged to register with the Student Disability Resource Center so our teams can provide effective support. Ashley Mulkern, MS, RD, LD will then contact you to set up a consultation and dining tour.

Ashley offers consultations for students with food allergies and related conditions. She provides dining location tours, facilitates student connections with chefs and managers, gives guidance for accessing ingredient and allergen information, and contributes other valuable resources that assist in providing a safe and enjoyable dining experience. 

Additional Dietary Restriction Resources

  • True Balance, located Gamecock Park, Honeycomb Café, and Gibbes Court Bistro, serves meals prepared without the top 8 allergens (egg, fish, milk, peanuts, shellfish, soy, tree nuts, wheat/gluten)
  • Top 8 allergen information for retail menus is available on our website, Grubhub menus, and menu boards in locations
  • Made-without-gluten selections can be found on our website for our residential restaurants

The Roadmap to Healthy Eating

Eating healthfully on campus doesn't have to be difficult or inconvenient. We recommend using MyPlate as a guide and building your meal with grains/potatoes, fruits & vegetables, and lean/plant-based proteins. 

Residential Dining
Our menus identify better-for-you choices with bright, leaf-shaped identifiers — making it easy to find the foods that fit your lifestyle! 

  • Eat Well selections make up over 30% of menu items on our residential dining menus over the semester. Our Eat Well selections contain nutritionally dense whole foods (i.e., fruits, vegetables, leafy greens, whole grains, beans, lean protein) and are lower in calories, saturated fat and sodium.   
  • Made with Whole Grain selections comprise over 15% of menu items on our residential dining menus through the semester.
  • Vegetarian and Vegan selections now make up over 30% of our menus. Our culinary team and dietitians assure that vegetarian selections contain no meat, fish or poultry. 
  • Our vegan selections contain no animal products of any kind. In addition vegan items can not include dairy, eggs, or honey.
  • Plant-Forward selections feature a style of cooking and eating that emphasizes healthy plants at the center of the plate with a proportionally small quantity of animal protein.

Retail Dining 
Roadmap to Healthy Eating and Plant Based dining in retail locations coming soon!  


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