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Dining & Catering

Touro California is a Jewish sponsored university and nowhere is that more evident than in the food you will find on our campus.

Our Chef creatively adapts favorite recipes and menu items in his kosher kitchen that appeal to a wide variety of Touro guests. For personal assistance and information, please contact us at 707-638-5506.

More about our Dining Options & Menus and Events & Catering.

Our Chef

Chef Raymond Nottie in TUC kitchen

Chef Raymond Nottie grew up watching his mother and grandmother cook in their Mississippi kitchen. There he learned his first culinary lesson: that cooking comes from the heart. Chef Nottie later graduated from the Laney College Culinary Arts program and has spent the last 25 years cooking from the heart and infusing passion into his down-home style of cooking.

Prior to leading the dining team at Touro, Chef Nottie was a highly sought-after asset in B&I (business & industry dining). He spent time as chef and manager at well-known businesses as Google, Facebook, Hewlett-Packard and the International House at UC Berkeley. Chef Nottie has led our kosher kitchen and culinary staff since 2013.

Our Kosher Kitchen

Touro California operates a kosher kitchen under the supervision of Rabbi Aharon Simkin.

The meats Chef Nottie serves are Glatt kosher. For meat to be Glatt kosher, it must come from a kosher animal with adhesion-free or smooth lungs and slaughtered in a kosher way. 

Our dairy meals are stamchalav. Milk and dairy products are ChalavYisrael (Israel Milk) if they undergo constant rabbinical supervision; from milking to packaging.

Separating Milk & Dairy

Kosher foods include three categories:

  • Meat includes the meat or bones of mammals and fowl, soups or gravies made with them, and any food containing even a small quantity of the above.
  • Dairy includes the milk of any kosher animal, all milk products made with it (cream, butter, cheese, etc.), and any food containing even a small quantity of these things.
  • Pareve foods are neither "meat" nor "dairy." Eggs are pareve, as are all fruits, vegetables and grains. Pareve foods can be mixed with and eaten together with either meat or dairy.

Meat and dairy are never combined. Separate utensils are used for each, and a waiting period  is observed between eating them. Depending on what is eaten, waiting periods may last from 30-minutes to six-hours.

Service between dairy and meat meals must be at least one hour. For instance, when breakfasts include dairy items, any unused food, utensils, and tablecloths must be picked up at least one hour before the start of a lunch where meat is served.

Meat and dairy foods may not be eaten at the same meal, even if they are in separate dishes and even if a waiting time elapses.

What are Jewish Dietary Laws?

A person keeps kosher if he or she follows Jewish Dietary Laws. Jewish Dietary Laws are derived from Biblical laws and rabbinical extensions.

Jewish Dietary Laws say:

  • Certain animals are never eaten. Only animals that are ruminant (chew its cud) and have split hooves are eaten.
  • Birds and mammals approved for human consumption must be slaughtered according to Jewish law.
  • Certain parts of permitted animals may not be eaten.
  • All blood must be drained from the meat or broiled out of it before it is eaten.
  • Meat (the flesh of birds and mammals) cannot be eaten with dairy.
  • Eggs, fruits, vegetables and grains are considered pareve, and can be eaten with either meat or dairy. Fish is also considered pareve, but some kosher-observant Jews do not eat fish with meat.
  • Utensils that have come into contact with meat (while hot) may not be used with dairy, and vice versa. Utensils that have come into contact with non-kosher food (while hot) may not be used with kosher food.
  • Grape products made by non-Jews are not to be eaten. 

Guide to Kosher Symbols:

The "kosherness" of any given food is indicated by a symbol printed on its packaging. Each symbol represents a particular agency's certification that the food has been processed in accordance with Jewish Dietary Laws. 

Common Kosher Symbols Found on our kosher food products and in our vending machines:

OU logo

Founded in 1898, The Orthodox Union (OU) is one of the oldest and largest Orthodox Jewish organizations in America. Its simple logo of an “O” surrounding a "U" is the most recognizable kosher symbol in the world. According to the OU, the symbol appears on more than 800,000 products, produced in more than 6,000 plants located in 92 countries. The OU employs some 600 Rabbinic Field Representatives who travel to food production facilities around the world, inspect equipment and ingredients, and supervise manufacturing processes to ensure adherence to strict kosher standards.

Dining Options

Your highest quality dining experience is at the heart of all we do. Chef Nottie and the Touro California culinary team strive to bring you an abundance of kosher dining options that are both diverse and delicious. Serving you is always our pleasure!

Touro Kafe

Monday - Thursday, 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Friday, 11:00 am - 1:20 pm

Farragut Inn

The Touro Kafe occupies what was once the Officer's Club of the Mare Island naval base. The Kafe is a full-service restaurant offering chef-prepared lunch service to students, faculty, and visitors. Tasty, new dining choices using only the freshest kosher-certified ingredients are available each week. Vegetarian options are also available daily.

Touro Bistro

Monday - Thursday, 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Friday, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Lander Hall

The Touro Bistro serves chef-prepared kosher lunches. The Bistro fare includes a choice of two soups daily (one vegetarian), hot entrees, freshly made sandwiches to go, snacks, beverages and assorted desserts. The Bistro also boasts a variety of grab and go salads.

Vending Options

The Library, Wilderman Hall, Lander Hall & Farragut Inn

Vending machines are accessible whenever campus is open. Additional vending machines stock premade food and snack items. These vending machine items are regularly refreshed.

Our quick-dispense coffee machines serve Peet's Fresh Ground Coffee. Peet's is one of Northern California's top selling coffee brands. Campus machines offer a variety of hot beverage options including espresso, hot chocolate, cafe mocha, cappuccino, latte, along with regular and decaf coffee.

Events & Catering

No matter the size of your event, Chef Nottie and the Touro California Culinary team are ready and eager to provide you with delicious food and exceptional service. Several menu options are available and our skilled chefs are happy to work with you to create a customized menu sure to please.