School may almost be out for summer, but herbivorous students at the College of Charleston might be eager to get back to the books, thanks to the campus’ upcoming kosher, vegetarian dining hall.
The school will open the $1 million facility later this year in a new wing of its Sylvia Vlosky Yaschik Jewish Studies Center, reports JTA.org.
Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the dining hall will be designed mainly for students, but will also be open to the public. Food will incorporate local, organic ingredients, and the eatery itself is modeled after others around the country (including the popular Grins Vegetarian Cafe at Nashville, Tennessee’s Vanderbilt University).
It’ll be 100% vegetarian, though there will be vegan options. The spot will be named in honor of the school’s philosophy professor, Martin Perlmutter, who helped come up with the concept.
“A vegan diet is a statement about values and lifestyle, whether it is because of concern for the environment, interest in one’s health or caring about the well-being of animals,” Perlmutter told JTA.org. “So, too, keeping kosher or observing halal requirements is a commitment to traditions of religion and culture. Representing that diversity in a vegan/vegetarian kosher/halal dining hall is a physical way for the College of Charleston to become more diverse and progressive.”