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Welcome to the Caf!

The Dining Hall, located in the lower level of Northlawn, has just what you need! Pioneer College Caterers does all the cooking and has worked with Christian colleges and universities for nearly 40 years.

Our own dining hall director Bruce Emmerson was named “Director of the Year” by Pioneer, which judged dining halls on customer satisfaction, creativity, sanitation and safety, and finances.

Additional information about our services

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Monthly theme dinners and more

Cafeteria workers at EMU Highlights of our dining hall include continuous service and “all you can eat” rates, two salad bars with local and organic offerings, fresh fruit, omelet station, deli bar, pizza, grill station and stir-fry bar.

Monthly theme dinners include celebrations of Mexican food, local harvest, Italian, Asian, African, Mardi Gras, French, and springfest (an all-campus cook-out!). Weekly “bonus bites” keep diners looking forward to special meals, too.

Sustainability in our campus ‘caf’

Pioneer at EMU continues our commitment to being good stewards of our world by expanding our sustainability efforts, which include:

  • Purchasing locally grown produce, as well as vegetables from the campus garden
  • Hosting annual fall harvest meals, composed entirely of locally grown foods
  • Composting all dining hall waste
  • Becoming a trayless dining hall in 2008, saving approximately 350,000 gallons of hot water per year
  • Recycling all paper and recyclables used in our office and kitchen
  • Offering"greenware"containers as an alternative to Styrofoam in the Snack Shop
  • Using recycled paper products from a local distributor

Review the menu, available meal plans, and the Pioneer Presents catering guide . Parents, order birthday cakes and other treats for your student from Pioneer College Caterers.

Follow us on Instagram #feedtheroyals

Track your meals and fitness

The USDA’s MyPlate website can help you plan, analyze, and track your diet and physical activity. Find out what and how much to eat; track foods, physical activities, and weight; and personalize with goal setting, virtual coaching, and journaling.

Talk to the director

Dining Hall Director welcomes comments and suggestions any time. Send an e-mail, talk to staff in the dining hall, complete a suggestion card or communicate with a residence hall council member. Also, be sure to complete bi-annual dining hall surveys.

Meal hours during the school year

Hot Breakfast
7:30 – 10 a.m.
Continental Breakfast
8:15 a.m. - 9 a.m.
Light Lunch
10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Light Lunch
1:30  – 5  p.m.
5 – 7:30 p.m.
5 – 6 p.m.
5 – 6 p.m.


Meal prices

Non-Resident Students/Guests
Children (5-11)
Hot Breakfast
Sunday Evening
Dinner/Sunday Lunch
Premium Night/

Dining Hall staff

Bruce Emmerson
Production manager
Shannon Grinnan
Service manager
Darren Campbell
Office assistant
Debbie Emmerson
Snack bar manager
Jodie Gardner

Just Like Home Desserts

Picture of lemon bars
Give your student a taste of home by submitting a dessert recipe to our dining hall. Get more info

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