Food Service

students sitting outside of barn eating lunch

Catlin Gabel partners with SAGE Dining Services for our food service operations. The partnership is based on an alignment of values: Catlin Gabel and SAGE believe in fostering community, being sustainable, and educating young people about healthy living and food choices.

Food Service for Fall 2021

SAGE will offer a range of conveniently packaged "grab-and-go" snacks and lunches throughout the school day starting this fall in our dining hall, The Barn. We will continue to have large, tented areas available for students to eat lunch outside and remain distanced from each other. We look forward to being able to expand our food and dining options when it is safe to do so.

Hours of operation and services

Opening and Closing Times

Doors will open at 9:45 a.m. for the Middle and Upper School's first morning break time and close at 3:45 p.m.

Morning Break Items

Packaged items will include parfaits, fruit cups, pastries, and drinks. Prices vary based on the item(s) selected.

Lunch Items

Students in every division (including preschool and kindergarten) can choose from two pre-packaged hot lunches, as well as salads, sandwiches, and snacks. In addition to "Meatless Mondays," vegetarian and gluten free options will be available each day.

Lunch Costs
Beginning and Lower School: $6.00 for a complete meal with side options and milk.
Middle and Upper School: $6.25 for a complete meal.

View our Lunch Menu

Sage’s Commitment to Sustainable, Healthy Eating

Sage Dining Services offers a range of options for students to select from. They also have implemented additional safety measures to help reduce the spread of any illness. More information is available about their philosophy and practices on their website.

Fresh Ingredients

With SAGE, the school serves healthy, nutritious food for our school community. The kitchen team cooks meals on campus from scratch, and prepares vegetables, whole grains, and salads using fresh, raw ingredients. They use cage-free eggs and antibiotic- and hormone-free milk, as well as trans fat-free oils and MSG-free seasonings.


Sustainability is a Catlin Gabel core value, and locally-sourced food is a central component of our food offerings every day. SAGE and Catlin Gabel support family-operated local and regional farms and vendors, and partner to produce fresh vegetables and herbs in gardens on campus as much as possible. SAGE reduces food waste by cooking in small batches, preparing only as much as needed, and uses compostable products wherever possible.

The school also has adopted "Meatless Mondays," which means no meat is served on Monday to encourage more plant-based eating and to reduce the school's overall carbon footprint. 

Allergy Awareness

Food allergy awareness is part of the training for every SAGE employee. Their menus provide enough variety so there is something for everyone, and ensure that community members are well-informed through complete ingredient lists and serving line signs. SAGE does not use peanuts, tree nuts, or nut oils in any of their food preparation.