Sutter Residential Dining Center

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Our Commitment

Associated Students Residential Dining is committed to providing fresh, delicious and nutritious meals that reflect current culinary trends and cuisine from around the world. Our team of managers and chefs work closely with the University farm, local produce companies and our vendors to achieve our goal. To be sustainable, healthy and fresh through action and education! Find out more about AS Dining Services.

Meet Our Team

Food is our passion. Our culinary team is dedicated to providing the freshest food with healthy options available every day. With a team of passionate workers, we try hard at delivering the very best for our guests.

Meals and Hours

The Sutter Residential Dining Center serves 19 meals weekly—all in an "all you care to eat" format.
Three meals a day are served Monday through Friday.
Brunch and dinner are served on Saturday and Sunday and academic holidays.

Dining hours at Sutter Residential Dining center:

Breakfast: 7 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Lunch: 11:00 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Dinner: 4:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Saturday, Sunday, and Holidays
Brunch: 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Dinner: 4:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Dining Stations

We have five stations that offer great meals and a homemade dessert station.

Main Stage is our centered location serving breakfast & highlighted dishes each day. 

PlantBase is Sutter’s Vegan/Allergan friendly station, serving fresh Raman dishes, sandwiches and burritos.

Hot Spot is our grill area serving up burgers, tacos and other great specials. There is also a secondary, to-order, option available at the Hot Spot Monday-Friday. 

Pizazz is our pizza and Chef's creative platform where they make fresh pizza daily and create a special every day. 

Fresh is our Salad & Deli bar where you can build your own salad or sandwich the way you like it. Fresh also has two soups made fresh every morning.

Guilt station offers homemade pastries, cookies, brownies and delicate desserts made from scratch every morning.

A sick tray is always available for students not feeling well, just ask your RA.

Associated Students Dining Services makes every effort to identify ingredients that may cause allergic reactions for those with food allergies. Every effort is made to instruct our student and career staff on the severity of food allergies. We also label items that may contain possible allergen ingredients but there is always a possibility of contamination. There is also the possibility that manufacturers of the commercial foods we use could change the formulation at any time, without notice. Customers concerned with food allergies need to be aware of this risk. A.S. Dining Services will not assume any liability for adverse reactions to food consumed, or items one may come in contact with, while eating at any Associate Student Dining food service.

Residential Housing students with food allergies or dietary restriction are encouraged to follow this link, Food allergies and Restrictions, to give Sutter dining information on what your food allergy or dietary restriction is. We will follow up with all students who contact us. Residential Housing Students with food allergies are also encouraged to contact CHC, Center for Healthy Communities, by email at for additional information and/or support.

Sutter Cafe

The Cafe is our late night establishment. We offer an array of quick snacks such as sliced pizza, paninis, hot & cold sandwiches, salads, smoothies and so much more. Come by and pick up a Grab N Go entree. We also accept meal plans. View the Cafe menu.

Did you know?

  • AS Dining purchases only cage-free eggs for all areas of dining on campus.
  • Sutter dining switched all of our oils from soy bean oil to canola oil for all fryers and cooking.
  • All coffee served at Sutter dining is certified fair trade and purchased through a local vendor, Six Degree Coffee.
  • Bulk dispensers are used when practical to reduce packaging. Products available in bulk include juices, sodas, milk, ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise, BBQ sauce and cereals.
  • Sutter is a tray-free dining hall.
    • This conserves energy and water that would be used to clean.
    • Reduces cleaning products and food waste
  • Sutter dining recycles 800 gallons of used fryer oil every year
  • All pre and post-consumer waste is composted, all cans, cardboard and plastic is recycled and diverted from landfill
  • Food left overs at school closures are donated to a local food bank
  • Partnership with the UCSC Real Food Calculator Program for a biannual assessment of our Real Food purchases within our dining halls.
  • Sutter Dining employees 175 part time student employees
  • Sutter Dining is committed to the Real Food Challenge which means we strive to purchase food that is Local & Community Based, Fair, Ecologically Sound, and Humanely Raised
  • Sutter Dining creates all meals using real ingredients made from scratch with attention to detail by a talented culinary team

Need a take-out option?

Ask about our breakfast box and sack lunch program at the front desk.


We love to hear from people who want to share their love of food. Have a question regarding an allergy? Need help with developing a dietary guideline? We even accept ideas for menu items. Feel free to contact us at 530-898-5962 and we will do our very best to answer it in a timely manner.

Campus Residential Dining Program Wins Coveted National Award

The National Association of College and University Food Service [NACUFS] has honored the Sutter Residential Dining Center with the coveted 2013  “Silver Plate Award” for its institutional category – “Residential Dining Concepts – Medium-sized Institution”. It is noteworthy that this was Chico State’s first attempt to gain recognition on a national stage.

Awards are determined by a national panel of college/university food service experts. Each campus program is judged in five (5) categories: menus; merchandising & presentation; marketing; nutrition; other program/services. The Residential Dining Concepts category is the most rigorous due to the complexities and demands associated with operating a residential dining program.

On average–the Sutter Residential Dining Center and Café serves more than 15,000 meals each week.

About Sutter Hall

Sutter Hall (student housing, residential dining center, and programming center) has received LEED Gold certification by the US Green Building Council. The Sutter Hall complex, approximately 111,000 square feet, opened fall 2010. The residential facility accommodates 232 undergraduate students. The dining center–comprised of five unique food service platforms including the Sutter Café–seats 635 patrons. The programming center (The HUB) is a multi-purpose facility with large meeting rooms, a smart classroom, RHA offices, and resource center.

LEED Gold certification [Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design] is a rating system designed to guide and distinguish high-performance buildings that have less of an impact on the environment, are healthier for those who work and live in the building, and are more profitable than their conventional counterparts. LEED for New Construction (like the Sutter Hall) is a performance-oriented rating system where building projects earn points for satisfying criteria designed to address specific environmental impacts inherent in the design, construction, operations, and management of a building.

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