Meals provide a valuable opportunity for our community to come together, as students, administrators, staff, faculty, and faculty children find time to relax and discuss their days. The majority of meals are buffet-style and are served in the historic Villa De Nobili, which also offers ample terrace seating that diners take advantage of all fall, spring, and summer.
Students in grades Pre-Kindergarten through 1 and in grades 2–5 eat lunch in separate dining facilities in Focolare and Hadsall, respectively. Younger children eat with their teachers, who help reinforce good habits.
Approximately 10 times per year, High School students and faculty gather in their Advisor groups for a formal family-style dinner. Each of these meals has a timely theme (Oktoberfest, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Chinese New Year, etc.) and is served by student volunteers.
Our talented Dining Services staff offers a wide variety of healthy, nutritious meals, and menus are published and made available to the whole community. The well-being of all members of our community is of the utmost importance, and we endeavor to instill healthy eating habits at mealtimes. This includes having seasonal salads and vegetables available at each meal.
The Dining Services team, which prepares approximately 1300 meals per day, undergoes an annual evaluation by Fourchette Verte, an organization that awards a health label to restaurants and other large-scale dining areas that offer balanced dishes while respecting the criteria of the Swiss food pyramid. The team has earned the Swiss Fourchette Verte healthy-eating label each year since 2013, with the "green fork" label signifying that each meal served is healthy and well-balanced.
We also work toward promoting environmental sustainability and minimizing waste. Ninety percent of organic waste from our kitchens is recycled; all disposable paper plates, cups, and cutlery are made from recyclable, biodegradable materials; and our chefs purchase products with low "food miles" whenever possible.