Food & Dining

At Maryville, we are dedicated to enriching every aspect of your campus life, and that includes an extraordinary dining experience. Whether you’re a food enthusiast or just looking to refuel between classes, our diverse food options have got you covered. Dive into a world of flavors at Gander Dining Hall, enjoy the comforting aroma of freshly brewed coffee at Starbucks, and indulge in comforting classics at Louie’s.

Gander Dining Hall

Gander Dining Hall offers an extremely varied menu to cater to as many tastes as possible, including traditional entrées served with a variety of fruits and vegetables, Italian cuisines such as pastas, sauces, and fresh-baked pizza, and Mexican fare like quesadillas, bowls, and burritos. We even have sushi and a salad bar! Our Chef creates fresh new items on a regular basis to keep the dining experience exciting and delicious!

Special Dietary Accommodations for Campus Meals-Dining Services is committed to providing quality meals for a variety of tastes and dietary needs. However, if our menu does not accommodate your dietary needs, you can contact us at 314-529-9511, or see the Food Service Director/Chef to set up a meeting to discuss menu options. Call 313-529-9308 for more information.

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Experience the fresh and modern ambiance of Louie’s, with its open-concept design and inviting open-air seating in the Donius University Center atrium. Louie’s menu features burgers, fries, and shakes and more. Treat yourself to the freedom of building your own burger or savor one of our signature creations. Sides are a delight with choices like curly fries, sweet potato waffle fries, and creamy macaroni and cheese.


Discover the perfect coffee spot at Starbucks, where you’ll find a variety of brewed coffees, espressos, and lattes to satisfy your caffeine cravings. In addition to our signature beverages, we offer a selection of “grab and go” drinks, delightful sweets, and savory snacks – ideal for those on-the-go moments between classes. Whether you’re in a hurry or looking to unwind, our inviting space welcomes you to pick up your coffee to enjoy on your way to your next class or settle in at our ample tables. Stay connected with free wireless Internet access and charge your devices with USB charging ports. At our Starbucks, it’s all about providing the comforts of home in a welcoming setting at Maryville University.

Maryville’s Freight Farm

Discover an exciting venture in sustainability right here at Maryville University! We take pride in hosting Missouri’s only Freight Farm and one of the nation’s rare gems, cultivating fresh produce in a self-contained 40-foot shipping container. Step between the DUC and the University Library to witness this innovative farm-in-a-box that thrives all year round. From leafy greens to abundant harvests, our Freight Farm is committed to greener living, every single day. For more information, reach out to Elizabeth Barger at or Linda Thacker at Let’s grow together towards a sustainable future!


Memorable catered events require the talent of seasoned professionals who understand the many facets that differentiate a good event from a great event. Fresh Ideas is continually searching for new ways to bring creativity to our catered events. Food should be interesting, and we believe food presentation is of paramount importance – a way to experience the excitement prior to tasting what you see. While in many cases you will find exactly what you are searching for in the Fresh Ideas Catering Guide, we are happy to create a menu tailored especially for your event.

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Contact Catering

Wendy Thacker
Director of Catering

Ali Zielinski
Director of Catering

Contact Us

Linda Thacker
Director of Dining Service

Carl Lovett
Corporate Executive Chef

Mary Gagliano
Administrative Assistant

Darryl Hatchett
Executive Chef

Jessica Burns
Starbucks Manager