Designation Level: Gold

Duquesne University’s Reverend Sean Hogan Dining Center is named in honor of the campus’ long-serving former executive vice president for student life, paying well-earned tribute to his three decades of commitment to the health and welfare of the student body. Expanding upon Reverend Hogan’s compassion, this dining hall aims to build vibrant communities and healthy environment in the Pittsburgh region. This commitment led to this university dining hall earning a Gold designation with the Sustainable Pittsburgh Restaurant program in 2016.

This is a far cry from the college cafeterias of the past. Students, faculty, and staff at Duquesne University stop at The Egg Bar for made to order egg dishes, V2 for vegetarian fare, River City Grille for fresh ground-beef burgers and hand-cut fries, and the Daily Dish for local and international cuisine options all under one roof.

A partnership with Parkhurst Dining Services, the dining center sources humanely raised meats from Hatfield Farms, buys its dairy, bread, beer, beef, and produce from local businesses such as Monteverde’s Produce and Turner Dairy Farms, and its eggs from a local farmer.

Beyond responsible sourcing and healthy homemade options galore—like the made-from-scratch salad dressings, sauces, soups, stocks, chutneys and syrups—the dining center is committed to clean energy, community commitment, and the elimination of wasteful practices.

This campus eatery is completely powered by a combination of Duquesne’s co-generation plant and purchased renewable power, the staff composts all food waste through AgRecycle, donates used cooking oil to ProFry, and whenever possible donates used cookware, furniture, and equipment to local nonprofits like Construction Junction.

The facility also works with Duquesne’s office of Spiritan Campus Ministry and Troy Hill’s Saint Anthony’s chapel to provide weekly food donations to those in need. The leadership team regularly teaches at Pittsburgh’s Edible Schoolyard and is active with its parent organization, Grow Pittsburgh. For more information about their sustainable efforts, you can view their profile and read the complete sustainability report for the Reverend Sean Hogan Dining Center.

The next time you’re Uptown, see what members of the Duquesne community enjoy day in and day out. You can find the facility in the Tower’s Residence Hall next to Art Rooney Field. During the academic year it is open for breakfast lunch and dinner from 7am to 7:30pm during the week and serves weekend brunch from 10:30am to 1:30pm and dinner from 4pm to 6:30pm.

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