Goodbye to Gluten and Other Allergens at Carmichael

Menu gets a makeover and dining center gets a rebranding

What you’ll find Jumbos enjoying at Carmichael Dining Center these days: cauliflower steak, beef brisket, shrimp and grits, and the ramen bar. What you won’t find: anything containing gluten, peanuts, or tree nuts.

The uphill dining center, rebranded as Fresh at Carm, opened for the Fall 2021 semester with 200 new recipes, and an environment that lets students with food allergies have the same mealtime experience as those who don’t.

“Food is social. It’s so hard not to be able to eat with friends,” says Maddie Yost, A23, a member of the Student Food Allergy Council, which advised Tufts Dining as the new menu was developed. “Carmichael is suddenly the most popular dining center on campus, and I can actually eat there.”

Fresh at Carm feeds anywhere from 1,000 to 1,700 students daily, and while Tufts Dining said it’s difficult to know the exact number of students on the Medford/Somerville campus with food allergies, it’s estimated that nationally, about 10% of adults have a food allergy of some sort.

For students dining downhill, the All9Free section of Dewick-MacPhie, launched in 2019, offers a menu that avoids the nine most common allergens.

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