Penn Wellness

Meet Our Wellness Team

Sarah Goff, RDN
Wellness Manager

I became interested in a nutrition career after I took up baking as a hobby; I loved using ingredients in non-traditional ways and wanted to delve deeper into the science behind food. After working in a clinical setting for 3 years, I came to university dining out of a desire to work more closely with food and preventative wellness. I’ve always had a natural passion for environmental sustainability, and Bon Appetit’s work at the intersection of food and sustainability was a perfect match. In my current role, I work behind the scenes to ensure that every student at Penn has balanced food options that they crave.


Food Allergies and Celiac Disease

Serving Students with Food Allergies and Celiac Disease 

The dining services team is well-trained in food allergy awareness and offers several options for students with food allergies and celiac disease. This includes communication about and modification to existing menu items, special preparation of menu items, and access to special products as agreed upon with students.

We understand that our guests with special dietary needs, albeit food allergies, celiac disease, lactose intolerance, or any other medically necessary diet simply want a safe place to make food choices, quickly. Each student must determine their own level of comfort when making selections within our cafés.

Ingredients and allergen information for menu items can be found on our online menus, and allergen information can be found on our station signage within our cafés.

We also offer an allergy-friendly station called “SimplyOASIS”. The SimplyOASIS stations, available at 1920 Commons and Hill House, feature meals that celebrate fresh and simple single ingredients while avoiding all of the Major 9 Allergens + gluten.

We have developed very specific and flavorful recipes built upon singular ingredients that are typically safe for food-allergic people. The SimplyOASIS station is a convenient choice — but not the only choice — for those with allergies to any of the major 9 food allergens and those avoiding gluten. 

Daily menus for each café can be accessed here on our website. Menus can be filtered to streamline searching using the dietary preferences filter.

Further questions about ingredients can be answered by our trained managers/chefs onsite.

Disclaimer: Food ingredient and allergen information is provided for informational purposes in response to guest requests. Products may change without our knowledge and menu items are prepared in close proximity to other ingredients that may introduce cross-contact with ingredients not listed. We cannot assure against these contingencies. Guests with food allergies or specific dietary concerns should speak with a manager for individualized assistance.

For Food Allergy Frequently Asked Questions,
visit our FAQ page

For questions about these services or to request food allergy accommodations, students should contact:

Sarah Goff, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
Bon Appétit

Disabilities Services, Weingarten Learning Resources Center, University of Pennsylvania
Please follow the instructions on the Getting Started webpage for the MyWeingartenCenter Student Portal to submit your request through that portal.

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Wellness @ Bon Appétit

At Bon Appétit, we believe good health is about the choices you make every day at every meal. Read on to learn more about healthy eating patterns as well as the community and environmental issues that can affect your well-being.

You may view all articles by category with the following links: All Categories | Feel Your Best | Fuel for Exercise | Sustainable Eating | Weighty Matters | Special Diets | The Buzz | Recipes

Ask the Dietitian

Do you have a specific question about nutrition or the foods that are served in your Bon Appétit café? Please browse the previously asked questions below or contact our Registered Dietitian using this form.

Common Nutrition Questions

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It’s All Connected

Leading by example

We are proud to be the first food service company to commit to:

  • Supporting local agriculture (with a defined purchasing target), since 1999
  • Striving to serve only seafood that meets Seafood Watch® sustainability guidelines for commercial buyers, since 2002
  • Reducing antibiotic use in farm animals (2003)
  • Serving rBGH-free milk (2003)
Learn more through the issue areas below.

Our Well-Being Commitments

Bon Appétit Management Company programs take a macro view of wellness. A healthy environment, community and café menu are vital to the well-being of our guests. We know many of our guests have a high level of interest in health and nutrition. We take responsibility for delivering choices in all of these areas.

Our Promise | In Balance | Nutrition Facts Tables | Portions Matter

Farm To Fork

Farm to Fork is a companywide initiative to buy locally, formalized in 1999. Our first choice is to purchase seasonal ingredients from small, owner-operated farms and ranches within a 150-mile radius of your café — at least 20 percent of every dollar we spend. Food grown locally is fresher, better tasting, and often has greater nutritional value. Our commitment to local food is about preserving biodiversity, protecting open space, supporting family farmers, and keeping money invested in your community.

Learn more about your local farmers