We make it a priority to purchase local and sustainably-produced food.


It Starts with the Ingredients

Understanding the story of our food has driven our procurement efforts for over 20 years. When purchasing ingredients, we focus on social responsibility. We identify local and sustainable products with low environmental impacts—from sourcing to packaging to distribution. We engage manufacturers and purveyors who align to our vision and seek out new and innovative solutions for production, kitchen equipment, and durable goods.


Building Relationships with Our Suppliers

We are committed to help close the gap between producers and consumers by bringing groups together for information sessions. In our foraging tours, we take groups of students to local suppliers. At Small World Coffee®, served at Witherspoon's Cafe, students have toured the roasting facility, met the roasters, and learned how beans are sourced responsibly. At Severino Pasta Company, students experienced first-hand authentic Italian techniques for making a variety of artisanal pastas.