Vegetarian Cuisine at Mount Madonna Center

At Mount Madonna Center, we make an effort to provide delicious and nourishing meals that accommodate our community and guests. All meals are 100% vegetarian and we provide a vegan and gluten-free option at every meal. We use organic ingredients as much as possible. We make an effort to label known allergens. We do not permit guests to bring food from outside.

Guests are welcome to set aside additional amounts of whatever does work for them, to eat later. There are shelves and refrigerators for this purpose near the Dining Room.

Reverse osmosis filtered water and tea are available 24/7 in the Community Building, Seminar House, Conference Center, and Orchard House.

Some people have extreme sensitivity to certain foods such that even the slightest trace amount of such foods can trigger life-threatening allergic reactions. Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee that no trace amount of any given food will ever appear in other dishes. Someone with an allergy of such severity should know this in considering whether they want to come to Mount Madonna Center.

Below you will find a sample of meals served daily.

Available during the day

  • Fresh fruit
  • Homemade bread (gluten free and regular)
  • Rice cakes (gluten free)
  • Peanut butter, tahini, jam, butter, vegan butter

Available at most meals, including breakfast

  • Simple soup (vegetables boiled in vegetable broth)
  • Brown rice (certified gluten-free)

Breakfast (8:15am)

  • Oatmeal (certified gluten-free)
  • Gluten-free cold cereal
  • Granola
  • Yogurt
  • Cottage cheese
  • Raisins
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Homemade chai (dairy and non-dairy)

Rotating breakfast items

  • Kitchari (an ayurvedic dish of mung dal, rice, and spices)
  • Pancakes
  • Rice pudding
  • Bagels with cream cheese, avocado, and tomatoes
  • Muffins

Lunch (12:30pm)

  • Soup (vegan and gluten-free)
  • Green salad
  • Nuts
  • Yogurt
  • Cottage cheese

Dinner (5:00 or 5:30pm)

  • Dinner is the largest meal of the day and offers the greatest variety. Dishes range from vegetable curry to lasagna to tofu scramble to tacos. When tofu or soy is used, we always offer a bean alternative (and vice versa). When vegetable medleys are offered, there is always an option that does not contain brassicas. Green salad is always available. Gluten-free pastas are available on pasta nights. We serve dessert on Wednesdays only.