Freeman Center Café

Kosher deli classics, Mediterranean-inspired meals, and Freeman Favorites

The Freeman Center Cafe is a Kosher establishment located in the Freeman Center for Jewish Life, which also houses Jewish Life at Duke. Serving Duke students, faculty, staff, and the public. The Cafe is under the rabbinical supervision of Duke's Campus Rabbi, Rabbi Elana Friedman, and operated in partnership by Duke Dining and Jewish Life at Duke. All items are prepared in our Kosher kitchens.

Chef Sebastian Marcet serves up made-to-order kosher deli classics, Mediterranean-inspired meals, non-dairy coffee beverages, desserts, and more, catering to a wide range of dietary restrictions including vegan, gluten-free, and dairy-free.

Hours

Monday 12:00pm - 7:30pm

Tuesday 12:00pm - 7:30pm

Wednesday 12:00pm - 7:30pm

Thursday 12:00pm - 7:30pm

Friday 12:00pm - 2:00pm

The Cafe operates on Duke's academic calendar and is closed on University holidays, Jewish Yom Tov Holidays, and Duke's summer break.

Location

Located on the first floor of the Freeman Center for Jewish Life on Duke University's campus.

1415 Faber St. Durham, NC 22705 

Phone

919-684-1331

2 Ways to Order

  1. Order using the Duke Dine-Out Mobile Ordering app 
  2. Order in-person at the Freeman Center Cafe window 

Free Delivery to West Campus Pick-Up Spot

Want your meal delivered to West Campus? You can choose to have your order delivered to the Express Pick-Up Spot on West Campus (outside the ground floor of the Brodhead Center, by Panera Bread). 

    • For the West Campus Express Pick-Up Spot delivery option, tap the "Pick Up" icon on the top right of the screen in the Duke Dine-Out Mobile Ordering app and select "Pickup Spot" type (instead of "Pick Up" type).

We Accept

Credit Cards

Duke Dining Food Points/Flex

Duke Dining Meal Plan Equivalency for Duke students

Click here for a PDF of the Freeman Center Cafe Menu

Soups

Freeman's Famous Matzo Ball Soup (Chicken or Vegetarian)

Soup of the Week (Rotating Special): Classic Chicken Noodle, Hearty Tomato & Vegetable, Spanish Pardina Lentil, Moroccan Vegetable & Couscous Stew

Salads

Garden Salad (Large or Small)

Spinach Salad

Baba Ganoush

Fattoush Salad

Cobb Salad

Turkey Chef Salad

Israeli Salad

Fresh Fruit Cup

Hummus Plate

Pasta Salad

Israeli Couscous Salad

Quinoa & Roasted Veggies

Potato Salad

Hot Fare

Chef's Weekly Special (Meat or Vegetarian)

Bourekas: Potato, Mushroom, or Spinach

Crispy Chicken Schnitzel & Fries

House-Made Latkes

House Cut French Fries

The Bubbe Special: Soup & Half Sandwich

Sandwiches

The Bubbe Special: Soup & Half Sandwich

Braised BBQ Brisket Sandwich

Marinated Grilled Portabella

Pastrami on Rye

Sabich Pita Sandwich

Impossible Burger

Corned Beef on Rye

Turkey & Avocado Wrap

Coffee

Caffe Americano

Caffe Latte

Caffe Mocha

Caffee Macchiato

Caffe Cortado

Cappuccino

Espresso (Single or Double Shot)

Add-Ins

Single Espresso Shot

Flavor Shot (Caramel, Vanilla, Sugar-Free Vanilla, Warm Spice, Chocolate Sauce)

Specialty

Vanilla Latte

Caramel Latte

Turtle Latte

Warm Spice Latte

Spiced Macchiato

Hot Chocolate

Beverages

Hot Tea

Dr. Brown's Soda

Ms. Saundra's Frozenade

Dessert

Babka (Chocolate or Cinnamon)

Jumbo Black & White Cookies

Freeman's Famous Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate Rugelach

Coconut Macaroons

Did you know the Freeman Center Cafe is on the Duke Dining meal plan?

Students, use your Food Points/Flex to pay for your made-to-order lunch and dinners!

You can also use your Duke meal plan dinner equivalency from 4:30-7:30pm ($9.95 dinner equivalency).

Kashrut Policy

The Freeman Center Cafe operates under rabbinical supervision by Duke's Campus Rabbi, who serves as the Rav HaMachshir and mashgiach/mashgicha. The rabbi’s office is located in the same building as the dining facility. 

The following policies are adhered to at the Freeman Center Cafe to ensure kosher standards:

  • All meat is all Glatt Kosher.
  • All challah is Pas Yisroel. 
  • The facility has separate meat and dairy kitchens with clear markings, and only one kitchen at a time is permitted to be in operation.
  • All Duke Dining staff who enter or work in the Freeman Center kitchen undergo a three-hour Kashrut Training followed by a test on kosher policies and procedures. Staff then undergo a yearly one-hour refresher training followed by a test in order to re-certify.
  • All food items brought into the kitchen are hechshered. The rabbinic certification from the distributor of foods is kept on file in the kitchen office. 
  • The rabbi is the sole person who may light the pilot light for the stove/oven burners.
  • Dining staff check produce for bugs and insects.
  • The rabbi performs regular checks in the kitchen to ensure policies are followed. 
  • The rabbi is available for questions from dining staff regarding kosher dining procedures and policies.
  • Cooking is not permitted during Shabbat or yom tov holidays.
  • All prepared food that leaves the kitchen in to-go containers for sale elsewhere on campus is sealed with special tape indicating kosher status. 
  • In the dining hall, all dishes, utensils and food are kept on a tray or tablecloth, not directly on the table. Dairy and meat dishes (including trays) are not served or brought onto the tables at the same time.
  • Outside food is not permitted into the downstairs dining hall area while the dining facility is operating.
  • During the preparation and serving of meals from the kitchens, and for one hour afterward, outside foods are not permitted to be introduced into the dining room. Dairy foods are not permitted to be introduced into the dining room until three hours after the completion of a meat meal.
  • During the eight days of Passover, additional kosher guidelines are adhered to in order to meet the highest standards of Passover kashrut.

Students eat at the Freeman Center for Jewish Life both by purchasing meals using their Duke meal plans for weekday dining and enjoying Shabbat and festive holiday meals at no cost to them. 

Questions about kashrut can be directed to jewishlife@duke.edu.

Interested in ordering kosher meals to offer at your Duke University campus event?

Contact freemandining@duke.edu