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Red, White & Food: Pitt Dining Memorial Day Weekend Hours Dining Services

Memorial Day is here and you know what that means – Pitt Dining locations will run on a holiday schedule! 

Check out our modified hours of operation:

Have a safe and happy holiday!

The University of Pittsburgh’s Dietetics program integrates educational opportunities that combine rigorous classroom instruction with real-world skill development into an innovative cross-departmental curriculum. Students work with Pitt Dining in an experience that allows for hands-on execution of their knowledge. 

Under the supervision of Professors Deb Hutcheson and Judy Dodd, dietetics students collaborate with Executive Chef Bill Ward on ways to properly manage a high volume food service program with a wide variety of dietary needs. Pitt’s commitment to providing a comprehensive allergy-aware program has become a focus of this relationship. The dietetic students, many of whom specialize in this knowledge-based area, have the opportunity to work in allergy-free zones and participate directly in daily program operations and strategic plans for improvement. 

This immersive educational model benefits the Pitt Dining department and provides real-world experience for program participants, deepening their learning and preparing them for the future.

Dietetics students cut pineapple and consult with Dining staff

Dietetics program participants group photo in the Pitt kitchen

Meet us for lunch on the Towers Patio every Wednesday this summer from 11:00am - 2:00pm. Follow @PittDining for weekly specials and updates!

We know your summer schedule is flexible, so we've created meal plan options that match your unique needs! Sign up for four, six, or twelve weeks with unlimited access to Market Central and a set amount Dining Dollars to use around campus. Sign up for an additional week for just $140! Weekly meal plans are required for students living on campus, but we offer commuter plans for Panthers living off-campus, too.

To launch your culinary summer adventure, just select your plan, fill out this form, and drop it off at Panther Central!

The Litchfield Towers mail center in Tower B is getting a facelift over the summer, but fear not! The mail center is operating in a temporary location in the Towers lounge while construction is underway. You can find their summer location by following the yellow sign road around the outside of Tower A until you reach the mail center. Their summer hours are Monday - Friday, 8am - 4pm. 

Pitt Dining locations will run on modified summer hours from Monday, April 29 - Saturday, May 4. Regular summer dining hours of operation will begin on Sunday, May 5. Check out the full schedule below!

Modified Summer Hours of Operation (Monday, April 29 – Saturday, May 4):

Regular Summer Hours of Operation (starting Sunday, May 5):


As we work closely with our food services provider, Sodexo, to provide high-quality, safe, and healthy food every day, we wanted to share with you details of the recent Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD) health inspection at Market Central.

On Monday, April 8, the health department conducted a routine inspection of our largest dining facility, Market Central. These inspections occur throughout the year at every licensed food service operation in the county. During Monday’s inspection, Market Central was cited for a total of eight violations.

Of these violations, two were categorized as high risk:

  • The internal temperature of our tofu measured at 129 degrees, which is below the required 135 degrees. This product was immediately discarded, and the temperature of the water in the steam tables was increased.
  • There was spilled sauce on a cutting board that should have been immediately wiped down. The cutting board was subsequently put through our regular, thorough sanitation protocol, and the necessity of the protocol was communicated by the Sodexo team.

The inspection also cited two medium-risk violations:

  • A dented can of unopened pizza sauce was present in our pizza station. The can was immediately removed from the station.
  • The cover was left on a tray of broccoli salad during the cooling process instead of being removed. The proper procedure was communicated to our staff.

Health inspections are vital to the success of every food service operation in Allegheny County. While we recognize that violations occur at almost every inspected facility, we continually work with our partners to improve our standards in all areas of our program to ensure the health and safety of every individual served.

It remains the primary focus of both Sodexo and the University of Pittsburgh to facilitate a health-focused program that is accessible to all of our guests. All dining facilities have maintained green placard status with the health department throughout the year. Placard status is the primary communication tool for the ACHD regarding the overall safety of a food service location.

We invite you visit the ACHD Restaurant Finder to review inspections for our facilities or those throughout the county, and to reach out to us directly with any questions or concerns.

Thank you,

Joe Beaman

Director of Dining Services
University of Pittsburgh

The Farmers Market is returning to the William Pitt Union Driveway on May 16, May 30, June 13, and June 27! Market hours are 10:30am - 2pm. Dining Dollars, Panther Funds, Lunch Money, cash, and credit are accepted. 

Bring your reusable bag and an appetite for fresh, local flavor.


If you plan to hit the books this summer, you can now apply for housing! The 2019 Summer Housing Application is officially live!

To apply:

  • Log into
  • Visit Panther Central's page under My Resources
  • Select 2019-2020 Housing Applications and Information
  • In askCathy, then click on 2019 Summer Housing Application (there is no deposit required)

If you live on campus while taking classes this summer, you will be required to sign up for the appropriate meal plan. If you sign up for summer classes and live off campus, there are multiple meal plan options for you, too.

If you do not currently live on campus, please contact Panther Central prior to applying for Summer Housing. 

Beginning in fall 2019, residents in our on-campus apartment-style residences will no longer be required to sign guests in and out of their buildings. To maintain the safety and security of our students, guests must still be accompanied by a resident to enter a building, and Welcome Attendants will remain present in these locations.