COVID-19 Update: the Art Nichols Cafe breakfast and lunch service and dinner self-service stations are now open and seniors from the community are welcome to purchase meals as part of the Senior Passport program and eat in the cafe.
The Art Nichols Cafe at Cheshire Medical Center is open to visitors and staff from 6:30 am to 6:30 pm. It is located on the lower level of the main building. Beyond open hours, a vending machine in the dining area is stocked with fresh-made healthy snacks and sandwiches.
The cafe offers wholesome, affordable, and healthy food in a casual, cafeteria-style food court. Diners can sit and enjoy each other’s company or get in and out with a quick, hearty meal to go.
Cafe seating area now open
Visitors may stay to eat at our cafe tables provided all maintain 3 feet of physical distancing and wear masks before and after eating or drinking.
What’s on the menu?
The breakfast menu includes made-to-order omelets, a hot breakfast bar, coffee, and tea. Diners can also enjoy a yogurt and fruit bar, along with a variety of breads, muffins, and bagels.
For lunch, the cafe offers a salad bar with fresh greens, vegetables, and whole grains. There is also a soup bar, pizza and pasta, hot and cold sandwiches, and a variety of drinks and desserts.
For dinner, diners can purchase a range of grab-and-go meals which can be heated in the microwaves provided and eaten on site or taken home.
- To hear today’s menu: call 603-354-5454 ext. 6368.
Who prepares the food?
Professional and talented cooks prepare the food in the Art Nichols Cafe. All hold certification in food safety. The staff also makes meals for the hospital’s inpatients and their guests.
How do inpatients receive their meals?
Patients staying in our hospital order their meals using a room-service model. First, patients may need to work with Nutrition Services to design meals for their individual health needs. Then patients select food from a restaurant-style menu. Meals are delivered between 7:00 am and 6:30 pm.
Guests can also order using in-room meals for a $7 charge plus a cafeteria voucher. Cash, check, and credit cards are accepted.
Does Dining Services serve local food?
Dining Services prides itself on supporting local food. We source regional produce, seafood, meat, yogurt, bread and bagels, dairy, baked pastry, and fresh eggs for inpatient meals and the cafeteria. During the spring, summer, and fall seasons, our cafe hosts a local farmers’ market available for both staff and visitors.
Senior Passport: a discount program for seniors
Seniors are special guests at Cheshire Medical Center. Those older than 60 qualify for the Senior Passport Program. Passport holders receive discounted meals at the Art Nichols Cafe. This includes a dinner entree, two sides, and a small beverage for $4.95.
The cafe accepts the Passport between 4:30 pm and 630 pm, Monday through Friday. It is also accepted on Saturday and Sunday, from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm and 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm.
For more information call the Senior Passport Program. Ask for Cheshire Medical’s Community Health program coordinator. For a complete recording of the daily menu call our Dining Services Menu Line (the menu is updated by 10:30 am daily). See the Contact us button at the upper right of this page for both phone numbers.
Contacts for Cheshire’s Dining Services
- Director of Nutritional Services: 603-354-5454 ext. 2235
- Production Manager: 603-354-5454 ext. 2126
- Nutrition Services Coordinator: 603-354-5454 ext. 6685
- Outpatient Dietitian: 603-354-5454 ext.6683
- Inpatient Dietitian: 603-354-5454 x3234 or ext. 3237
- Room Service Supervisor: 603-354-5454 ext. 2248