A variety of food options is available at the International Congress on Medieval Studies on the campus of Western Michigan University and beyond. Congress meals are served in the Valley Dining Center. Other on-campus options include Café 1903, the Gatehouse Café, the Bernhard Café, the Schneider Café, Flossie's Café and the vendors in the Bronco Mall on the ground floor of the Bernhard Center (Biggby Coffee, K-zoo Coney and Subway).
Valley dining center Meals
The Valley Dining Center offers all you care to eat meals with a variety of fresh food options in a restaurant style environment. Hosts and hostesses are available to help those needing help; please ask a cashier.
The first on-campus meal is Wednesday evening dinner, and the last meal is Sunday at noon. Meal times are:
- Breakfast: 7 to 9 a.m.
- Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (Sunday: noon to 1 p.m.)
- Dinner: 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Meal ticket prices for the 54th International Congress on Medieval Studies (May 9-12, 2019) will be published in February.
Meal tickets (all you care to eat) purchased through congress pre-registration were priced in 2017 at $13.50. Meal tickets (all you care to eat) purchased at the door (cash, MasterCard, Visa or Discover) could be had in 2018 at these rates: breakfast: $12.50; lunch: $15.25; and dinner $17.25.
The Valley Dining Center is located in the University’s Valley neighborhood, also home to the Goldsworth Valley residence hall complexes. It is .6 miles (965 meters) from Western Heights, about a ten-minute walk. Shuttles are available at meal times as a part of the network of Congress shuttles.
Café 1903 is a retail café located within the Valley Dining Center that serves beverages, specialty coffee drinks, grab-n-go and light meal options. Miscellaneous items such as toilet paper, shampoo and cleaning supplies are also sold (cash, MasterCard, Visa or Discover). For the 2018 congress, the café was open:
- Wednesday, 3 to 8 p.m.
- Thursday through Saturday, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
- Sunday, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The Gatehouse Café in the exhibits hall in the Goldsworth Valley III residence halls provides sandwiches, soup, salad, fruit, bagels, muffins, chips, beverages and assorted snacks (cash, MasterCard, Visa or Discover). For the 2018 congress, the café was open:
- Thursday and Friday, 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
- Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Sunday, 8 a.m. to 12 noon
The Bernhard Café serves an array of deli sandwiches, bagels, fresh fruits, salads, nachos, soft pretzels, snack foods and candy. Health and beauty items and sundries are also available (cash, MasterCard, Visa or Discover). For the 2018 congress, the café was open:
- Thursday and Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Saturday, 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
During the congress, a complete breakfast and lunch menu is served:
- Thursday through Saturday, 7:30 to 10 a.m. (breakfast)
- Thursday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. (lunch)
The Schneider Café serves grab-n-go sandwiches, soft pretzels and a wide selection of chips, candy and snacks. Salads and fresh fruits are also available (cash, MasterCard, Visa or Discover). For the 2018 congress, the café was open:
- Thursday and Friday, 8 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.
- Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Located on the second floor of Sangren Hall, Flossie's Café serves an array of grab-n-go sandwiches, bagels, fresh fruits, salads, nachos, soft pretzels, frozen meals and other various snack foods (cash, MasterCard, Visa or Discover). For the 2018 congress, the café was open:
- Thursday and Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The Bronco Mall on the ground floor of the Bernhard Center is home to Biggby Coffee, K-zoo Coney and Subway. Hours during the 2018 congress were:
- Thursday and Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
- Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- Thursday and Friday, 10 to 7 p.m.
- Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- Thursday and Friday, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
- Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
There are shared cash bars in the lobbies of the Bernhard Center (2nd floor) and the Fetzer Center on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings.
Lists of Kalamazoo area restaurants, some within walking distance of congress locations, are available at registration. Congress weekend tends to be high school prom weekend, so do make reservations in advance, especially for large groups.
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Contact Chabad: (269) 903-2770
WMU Catering and Fetzer Center Catering offer arrangements for catered meetings, receptions and meals; to arrange for a catered event on campus during the congress. Reservations for catered events need to be made before October 1. Self-catering is not permitted.