Food Services by Fresh Ideas | Judson University Christian College
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Judson Dining Services

Judson University and Fresh Ideas are pleased to offer an inclusive dining program. Students can enjoy meals at the Betty Lindner Dining Hall, Riverside Cafe, and Jerry's Cafe.   

The Judson University dining program features quality service with an attractive variety of fresh menu offerings. Fresh Ideas is always creating new and delicious meals and rotating menus to ensure a variety of options. Their culinary engagement program, Nosh Nation, includes exciting pop-up events, themed menus, and special meal offerings. Fresh Ideas’ Be Green, Be Healthy, Be Bold program highlights the benefits of local, sustainable, and healthy eating. These programs and more help celebrate food and promote healthy eating on our campus.

Why Fresh Ideas?

 Fresh Ideas is a dynamic food service management company serving colleges and universities in the Midwest, South, and Southeast. Together, we are dedicated to providing happiness by producing a fresh food experience for people of all ages. 

Fresh Ideas is committed to engaging the student’s dining needs on every level through a truly diverse culinary experience. They deliver a variety of dining options that are fresh, familiar and global.

Because they understand the important role food plays in recruitment and retention, their dining services program is positioned to support these initiatives through meaningful interaction and engagement between students and Fresh Ideas.

Dining Hall Hours as of August 23, 2021

Monday through Friday

Breakfast 7:15 - 9:15 a.m.
Lunch 10:45 a.m.- 1:15 p.m.
Dinner 5:00 - 6:45 p.m. (Monday through Thursday)
6:00 - 6:30 p.m. (Fridays)


Brunch 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Dinner 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.


Lunch 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
Dinner 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. 

Weekly Menu 

For this week's menu, check out the Fresh Ideas website.

About the Dining Hall

The Judson Dining Hall, located in the Lower Commons area of the Betty Lindner Campus Commons, serves meals seven days a week to the Judson community and guests. A variety of food options are available including main courses, a salad bar, cafe specialties, international cuisine, and vegetarian, dairy-free and gluten-free options. Meal plans are available for resident and commuter students and special deals are available to faculty, staff, and commuters who wish to load Eagle Bucks to their ID card. Guests are also welcome and can pay by cash or personal check at the door (costs vary by meal). Residential freshmen and transfers are only eligible for the 19 a week meal plan or 14 a week meal plan for their first year at Judson.

Riverside Café Hours

Monday through Thursday 

  11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
5:00 - 9:00 p.m.


  11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

About Riverside Cafe

The Riverside Café, located on the first floor of Lindner Tower, offers sandwiches, salads, snacks, fruit parfaits, drinks, and an assortment of other grab-and-go food items to students and guests who are looking for an evening snack or lite meal while on the west side of campus. Intelligentsia drip coffee will also be available. In addition to paying by cash or credit, students with meal plans will receive Eagle Bucks loaded to their ID each semester for use at the cafe. Students, faculty, and staff may also purchase and load Eagle Bucks to their ID through MyJudson.

Jerry's Café Hours

Monday through Thursday 

  8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
7:00 - 10:00 p.m.


  8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

About Jerry's Cafe

Jerry's Cafe, located on the main floor in the Harm A. Weber Academic Center (HAWAC), is a full service coffee, espresso, and smoothie cafe proudly serving locally sourced coffee products. If you want to get a premium quality drink served with a smile without having to leave campus, stop by Jerry's today! Jerry's also offers fresh made sandwiches, salads, and bottled beverages. In addition to paying by cash or credit, students with meal plans will receive Eagle Bucks loaded to their ID each semester for use at the cafe. Students, faculty, and staff may also purchase and load Eagle Bucks to their ID through MyJudson. 

Dining Services Staff

Scott A. Brunsting
Director of Dining and Conference Services
(847) 628-2026 or e-mail 

Chad Nawrocki
Assistant Director of Dining Services
(847) 628-2071 or e-mail 

Cristina Dahlstedt
(847) 628-2075 or e-mail 

Additional Information

General Rules

To accommodate for people with allergies, outside food is not allowed in the Dining Hall. Seating for those wishing to bring their own food is available in the Upper Commons or outside, weather permitting.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition information about the meals served in the Dining Hall is available at

Event Catering

A variety of catering options are available for campus events. For more information, please see the Catering Guide for a list of our menu options.

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