Connect with us


The State of Dining: 2010-2011

You know, eating

Things are going to work a little different for on-campus dining this year. A round-up of the changes, straight from Housing & Dining, follows.

  • Ferris Booth and JJ’s Place are now dining halls. This means they take meal swipes and operate in the same manner as John Jay Dining Hall did.
  • But don’t worry, Ferris Booth and JJ’s Place aren’t turning buffet-style like John Jay; food there will be made-to-order.
  • Ferris Booth will still have the same pizza, pasta, salads, and sandwiches as before, and the stir fry place will serve omelets for breakfast, hot wraps for lunch, and stir fry or curries for dinner. There will be a new soup station and an area that has cereals and bagels, but Ferris is doing away with packaged items and bottled beverages.
  • JJ’s Place will still serve the same food as well, and they are also adding more breakfast items.
  • Lots of changes are coming to Hewitt, all stemming from meetings with various campus groups:
    • They are doing away with cookies and cakes at lunch and replacing them with seasonal fruit.
    • There will now be “Meatless Mondays.”
    • The Home Station will now offer two entrees, one of which will always be vegetarian.
    • There is a “nut fridge” coming next week–basically a countertop cooler, which, according to Barnard Dining Director of Operations, will feature “much healthier version of peanut butter, almond butter, and cashew butter” as well as other nuts.
  • Catering for student groups is available from JJ’s Place.
  • John Jay has a new, as Dining Director Victoria Dunn puts it, “themed cook to order” salad station. Students can create their own salad and have a sautéed meat top it.
  • Cafe 212 now serves pasta made to order, just like Ferris.
  • There are a lot more chairs in Ferris. A lot.

  • Dining has added over 60 more chairs to the 3rd and 4th floors of Ferris. The 4th floor will turn into a dining hall during peak lunch and dinner times, but it will be a student lounge during other hours.
  • New decor has also been added to JJ’s Place, including a foosball table.
  • Snack, ice cream, and beverage vending machines have been added in front of JJ’s Place.

With these changes also come changes to the actual operational hours of the halls:

John Jay

  • Monday – Thursday: 11:00am to 1:30pm for brunch, 5:00pm to 8:00pm for dinner.
  • Sunday: 10:00am to 1:30pm for brunch, and 5:00pm to 8:00pm for dinner.
  • Closed Friday and Saturday.

Ferris Booth

  • Monday – Friday: 8:30am to 8:00pm.
  • Saturday: 10:00am to 1:30pm for brunch and 5:00pm to 8:00pm for dinner.
  • Closed Sunday.

JJ’s Place

  • Sunday – Thursday: 8:00pm – 1:00am.
  • Closed Friday and Saturday.

Write a comment

Your email address will not be published.



  • uuuuurg says:

    @uuuuurg so now i have to spend 13 dining dollars to get ferris pasta between classes because i don’t have a dining plan? i guess this will make some upperclassmen more inclined to get meal plans, but not many.

    1. Read plz says:

      @Read plz They added a (presumably) duplicate pasta station to 212.

      1. false says:

        @false the pasta station at 212 closes at 5.

  • So says:

    @So Can you get take-out from JJ’s and Ferris Booth?

    1. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous not JJ’s, idk about ferris.

      1. Anonymous says:

        @Anonymous yes to ferris

  • John says:

    @John I thought the dining halls were supposed to be open all day now? What happened to “freshmen will no longer share their meals at the same time, end of tradition” blah blah

  • Question says:

    @Question Can barnard students now use their meal-points / meals at Ferris Booth and JJ’s Place if they’re not dining halls? We used to only be able to use our meals at John Jay. And now that we’re OBLIGATED to be on a meal plan, it’d be awesome if we could eat there too. Anybody know?

    1. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous yes, you can swipe for meals at ferris and jj’s now

  • Hungry Student says:

    @Hungry Student WHAT?!??! John Jay is closed on Friday and Saturday???? That is the stupidest thing I have ever heard.

    1. Agreed says:

      @Agreed They should at least open it during finals. I lived in John Jay and LLC. It was so nice being snowed in during exam time and being able to just go downstairs in pajamas to eat.

  • Meatless Mondays says:

    @Meatless Mondays hahahaha

  • Blah says:

    @Blah How much will it cost to swipe at Ferris, and will we be able to bring our food out with us?

  • What's the nut fridge for? says:

    @What's the nut fridge for? Freezing your nuts off, of course.

  • anon says:

    @anon Dining changes = worst decision ever made.

  • But... says:

    @But... …what happened to the JJ’s Place Microblasts????

  • It's time to fight back! says:

    @It's time to fight back! We’re protesting like its 2007 again! Take to the South Lawn! Find that stupid octopus! We’re hunger striking until JJs and Ferris are hospitable institutions again!

  • ChefHeather says:

    @ChefHeather Good evening! My name is Heather and I am the chef at Ferris Booth Commons.

    To answer a couple of your questions:

    Yes, we do have take out at Ferris Booth! This year dining services is proud to offer eco-containers, for a cost of $5.00 or a disposable container for .50. You can fill up the container, grab a piece of fruit and take it out to enjoy the last of the nice weather!
    JJ’s currently doesn’t offer take-out, but who would want to leave that great atmosphere…

    Barnard Students can use their meal plans at FBC also! And we are right across the street!

    The cost of meals at Ferris Booth, JJ’s and John Jay are very affordable. Breakfast is $9.25, Lunch is $10.50, and dinner is only $11.50. Remember, it is all you care to eat. If you’d just like to grab a bagel or a cup of soup, there is always Cafe 212.

    If you have any other questions, please feel free to stop by and ask for myself, Chef Heather, or our on-site dietician, Kristie Koerner.

    1. that was... says:

      @that was... …nice.

    2. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous Did she just say that $9.25/$10.50 /$11.50 is affordable? For school food? Yeah, sure, it’s all you can eat but eating all you can eat is UNHEALTHY AND BAD unless you’re a full-time athlete. Also, Ferris Booth and JJ’s offered plenty of options other than ‘a bagel or a cup of soup.’ Insulting and idiotic.

  • serious question says:

    @serious question can barnard students use meal swipes at jj’s or ferris?

    1. serious question says:

      @serious question oops, sorry! saw the answer

      1. serious blunder says:

        @serious blunder

        1. serious hunter says:

          @serious hunter …so where is harmony hall?

  • 2010 alum says:

    @2010 alum No more cookies or cakes at Hewitt lunch??? SO glad I graduated

    1. get off says:

      @get off bwog

  • Broke student says:

    @Broke student Since we have to pay for the plastic take out boxes at John Jay Dining Hall now, are we allowed to bring our own Tupperware/”any”ware to get our take out?

    1. nope says:

      @nope check your mail, i got a token from dining services that i am supposed to exchange for a container whenever i go to pick up food. they only cost $5 if you lose them/throw them away. but the first one is free and you just bring it back and get a new one every time you go and get food

  • old timer says:

    @old timer remember when JJs place was open until 4AM. those were the days…

  • Have Your Say

    Worst author on Butler Library?

    View Results

    Loading ... Loading ...

    Favorite Comments

    I am sure you find his BFFs Trumps name using those parlors too. (read more)
    Columbia Alum And Donor Robert Kraft Charged With Soliciting Prostitution
    February 22, 2019
    does midsentence mean directly in the middle of a sentence? (read more)
    Callout To Professors Who Clearly Don’t Know What Midterms Are
    February 22, 2019

    Recent Comments

    I am sure you find his BFFs Trumps name using those parlors too. (read more)
    Columbia Alum And Donor Robert Kraft Charged With Soliciting Prostitution
    February 22, 2019
    does midsentence mean directly in the middle of a sentence? (read more)
    Callout To Professors Who Clearly Don’t Know What Midterms Are
    February 22, 2019
    this is exactly the content i come here for. thank you. list is a bit scant no? esp on the (read more)
    Free Tissues Around Campus
    February 22, 2019