New health-focused dining hall opens at UCLA

New menu items include quinoa, local produce, greens and more.

Sept. 26—Students will be learning a slew of new vocabulary words outside the classroom this year with the opening of UCLA's new healthy dining hall. Quinoa, kohlrabi, mizuna and chayote, anybody?

Those are among the novel ingredients starring at Bruin Plate, the campus's newest and largest dining hall. B-Plate is among the first health-themed dining halls in the country and the first west of the Mississippi.

In support of UCLA's Healthy Campus Initiative, UCLA Dining Services focused more than ever on locally sourced produce and meats, sustainable seafood, unprocessed and preservative-free items, organic foods, nutrient-packed superfoods, and expanded vegetarian and vegan options, said Daryl Ansel, director of Dining Services.