To meet the needs of today’s college students, Evangel University has partnered with Aladdin Food Management to offer a delicious dining program. Each year, you will experience exciting changes, fresh menus, old favorites, and new enhancements. These changes are the direct result of student input and feedback. Cantrell Student Union features the recently renovated Crusader Dining Hall and Joust, as well as The Barracks Coffee Shop. Cantrell also features a large balcony overlooking campus for outdoor dining on those beautiful fall and spring days.
Crusader Dining Hall
Evangel’s Crusader Hall opened in March 2000 and serves as EU’s main on-campus dining facility. Whether you only need a little pre-class breakfast or they’re serving your favorite meal at dinner and you’re on your way back for thirds, Crusader Dining Hall is a great place to fill up on food and relax with friends.
It also features state-of-the-art food preparation facilities, 2 large conference rooms, and an executive dining room for board meetings and small private events.
Need a quick fix for food? The Joust is the perfect place on campus to grab a quick snack, meet with friends to study, watch TV, use computers, or get in a game of pool before heading to class.
The Barracks Coffee Shop
The Barracks Coffee Shop opened in the fall of 2016. The name, voted on by our campus, was inspired by the original Army barracks from O’Reilly’s general hospital. When the property became Evangel College, students lived and learned in those barracks until the last one was taken down in 2002.
Located in the Cantrell Student Union, our coffee shop offers specialty drinks including Caramel Macchiatos, Americanos, and Java Chip Frappuccinos. Students often stop by for a quick fix of espresso before class or stay and sip on a Chai Tea Latte while they study with friends.
Residential students choose a meal plan that offers either 10, 15, or 20 meals per week. The 20 meal plan is the best value and allows students to eat in Crusader Hall (or daily specials in the Joust) for all meals. Additionally, it offers the largest complimentary add-on of “bonus bucks.” See Meal Plans for more information.
Special Dietary Needs
In compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Evangel University has established procedures to ensure that students with documented disabilities have access to reasonable on-campus meal plan (dining) accommodations. According to the ADA, a disability is defined as any mental or physical impairment that substantially limits the individual in a major life activity compared to the average person. There must also be a legitimate connection between the disability and the requested accommodation.
All students living on campus are required to purchase the university meal plan. Occasionally, students have special needs based on documented health conditions, such as those resulting in certain dietary restrictions, which may necessitate a meal plan accommodation. Meal plan accommodations are determined on a case-by-case basis, according to documented need and applicable standards for reasonable accommodations. Students must follow these procedures and provide all of the required information in order to be considered for meal plan disability accommodations.
We offer many dining options capable of accommodating different dietary needs, including student specific meal preparation for allergies, in addition to a wide array of healthy eating choices. We encourage students to talk with Dining Service’s staff first to inquire about all of the dining options before pursuing a meal plan accommodation. A complete exemption from participation in the meal plan is rare but will be considered when needs cannot be accommodated by Evangel Dining Services.
What if I can’t get to the dining hall for a meal?
- Busy Schedule? We can accommodate! We understand how hectic the lives of college students can be with athletics, clubs, and jobs, in addition to classes. We can offer bag lunches, or a few other options for students with a busy schedule. Also, all meals in The Joust can be made to-go, and you may choose from wraps, pizzas, pre-made sandwiches, burrito bowls, chicken sandwiches, cheeseburgers, and salads.
Does Aladdin conserve natural resources?
- We are proud to reduce our environmental footprint. Aladdin sponsors a trayless dining program at Evangel that decreases waste, conserves natural resources (namely, energy and water) and reduces the introduction of polluting detergents, rinses, and drying agents into the water table. Socially, trayless dining can provide education and awareness about environmental issues, while also potentially reinforcing a healthy lifestyle. It is an initiative that supports campus sustainability.
- Aladdin places strong emphasis on the use of both renewable and recyclable raw materials and strives to offer ecologically sound products and services capable of continuously meeting our customers’ needs with respect to quality, service, economy, safety, and environmental impact.
How can I get help with nutritional eating?
- We have a wealth of resources available to our students, including the expert guidance of a registered dietitian. Arrangements can be made for individual consultations concerning any dietary need, such as sports nutrition, weight control, food allergies, or medically prescribed diets.
What if I get sick and can’t come to the dining hall?
- We understand that there is nothing more miserable than being ill and unable to make it to meals. We work with our campus Wellness Center and residence hall staff to have a “take-out” meal prepared for you.
- Food Service Director: Joey Roberts