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Our Philosophy

Skillet & Embers is operated by the Inns of Aurora, LLC., a local management company which also operates The Aurora Inn, E.B. Morgan House, Rowland House, Village Market, Fargo Bar & Grill and Dorie's. The Inns of Aurora, LLC. is wholly committed to the highest standards of service and food quality. The Inns of Aurora, LLC. has brought some of the finest chefs in Central New York to the dining program here at Wells College to create a unique dining experience on par with some of the finest restaurants in our area. 
Skillet & Embers is committed to ecological sustainability and is a willing participant in the global initiative to create less waste and consume fewer resources with great emphasis placed on fresh local ingredients and “from scratch” cooking. We also serve tastes and flavors from around the world. 


Enjoy our offerings in the Main Dining Hall, centrally located and within easy walking distance from any point on campus. Wells Dining is committed to a quick response to any and all feedback from faculty, staff and most importantly, our students. Please share all comments with the Dining Hall Manager or email , or you can like us on Facebook.

The main dining hall, located in the center of Wells College campus, is part of the meal plan for all on- campus students. Off-campus students, faculty, staff, and any and all community members can enjoy our service for reasonable prices.

Come in and enjoy our family buffet style service featuring both comfort food and varied entrees . We feature an extensive salad bar along with homemade soups, from scratch pizza, and an array of desserts. Skillet & Embers is wholeheartedly committed to meet all necessary needs, whether it be vegan, vegetarian, or gluten-free; we also offer healthy options daily under our Bite Right program. Why not come in and enjoy a meal with us today?


Want to know what we'll be serving each day? Check out our weekly email the Dining Dish! If you're not on one of our list serves, send us a request to be sent the Dining Dish directly.

Rules & Policies

  • Students must present & swipe their Wells ID card to the door attendant upon entrance. If a student’s ID card is stolen she or he may obtain a new ID card from Campus Safety. Student ID cards are non-transferable. 
  • Guests, Wells staff and faculty and members of our local community are welcome in all Wells Dining facilities. If not the current holder of a meal plan, anyone may enter the main Dining Hall by paying the posted door price using Wells Express Card, cash or credit card.
  • No food or beverages are allowed to be removed from the Main Dining Hall with these exceptions: One ice cream cone, one piece of fruit, one dessert item and/or a beverage in a permissible container.  Abuses of this policy may result in the revocation of dining privileges.
  • No plates, glassware or silverware will be permitted to leave the Main Dining Hall.
  • Bagged meals to go will be permitted if arranged through Wells Dining 48 hours prior to the necessary pick up time. Medical requests will be honored immediately.
  • No animals will be permitted in the Main Dining Hall.
  • Shoes and shirts must be worn at all times in all Wells Dining facilities.
  • The Main Dining Hall is a self-service facility. You plate your own meals and clear your own dishes and other meal items prior to leaving the dining hall.
  • Throwing of food and/or other dining items is prohibited in all Wells dining facilities.
  • Special request for holidays and religious observances will be gladly honored with a one week advance notice in writing submitted to the Operations Manager at Skillet & Embers.

Dining Dollars Program

If you are a student on the meal plan (aka a residential student) you will receive a Dining Dollars card as part of your meal plan package. Each semester $100 will be added.
Your  Dining Dollars card is good at any of these locations: Backstage Grille , the Express Café , Dorie's , Fargo Bar & Grill , Village Market , Aurora Inn  dining room and for guests at the Wells College Main Dining Hall .
The Dining Dollars card can be used to purchase food and non-alcoholic beverages at any of the above locations. A 15% gratuity will be automatically added to your bill at Fargo Bar & Grill and Aurora Inn dining rooms when you pay with your card. Please alert your server prior to ordering if you will be paying with your Wells Dining Dollars card. All meals purchased will be subject to tax.
You may purchase a Dining Dollars card and/or add money to it by visiting the Dining Hall. The cashier on duty can take cash, check, or a credit/debit card. You can also add money with a credit card over the phone by calling Nancie Arquette, Director of Special Events, at 315.364.3378. You can also contact Jessica Stanton, Dining Hall Manager, at 315.364.3376. Both Nancie and Jess may be reached between the hours of 7am and 7:30pm.
For every dollar you add onto the card, you will receive a 10% bonus. For example, a payment of $100 dollars will result in $110 of credit added to your Dining Dollars card.
If your card is lost, simply see Jessica Stanton or Nancie Arquette to have your funds transferred and a new card issued. A three dollar fee with be applied to any cards that have to be re-issued.
For Spring Semester, students must have their Dining Dollars cards checked so that an additional $100 can be loaded onto them. Remaining balances will roll over to the next semester. 

Catering Info
Please check back often for catering information and menus as the kitchen is always creating new offerings to add to the menu!  In the meantime, email for all your event needs. 
Beverage Menu (.pdf, 233K)
Posted 5.6.2011
On Campus Catering Menu and Guidelines Fall 2012.doc (.doc, 703K)
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The Express Café

Located in the South Wing of the Main Dining Hall
The Express Café was created to fill a specific niche for both students and faculty/staff. Recent bronze award winners of the NACUFS awards, the Express Café boasts a variety of options for its customers. Whether you come in to get your caffeine fix or a late night snack, or a full meal to go, we’re there for you.
 Monday - Thursday:  7:00am to Midnight
Friday: 7:00am to Midnight
Saturday:  1:00pm to 8:00pm
Sunday:  1:00pm to Midnight

 So stop by, we’ll be here with a smile.

The Backstage Grille
Located in the Sommer Center
Wednesday - Sunday: 9:00pm to Midnight
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Rupert Robbins
Executive Chef
Jeff Toaspern
Assistant Executive Chef
Nancie Arquette
Director of Special Events

Jessica Stanton
Dining Hall Manager
Express Café- 315.364.3376
Backstage Grille- 315.364.3384