Cancer Treatment Centers of America

Culinary services

culinary services

We understand the importance of maintaining a healthy, well-balanced diet during the healing process. We also understand that your appetite and tastes may change during cancer treatment.

The culinary team at Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) at Eastern Regional Medical Center (Eastern) provides healthful, specially prepared meals to suit your culinary desires and selective tastes.

Nutritious meals

You won’t find typical hospital food at Eastern. With each meal, you will find a selection of delicious choices, including a variety of meat and fish dishes, whole grains and seasonal fruits and vegetables. We also offer soup choices daily, a salad bar and a fresh juice bar.

Some of the unique cuisine stations available in our dining room include:

  • Soothing selections: Cancer treatments may cause patients to be more sensitive to spices. You can add your own spices to suit your tastes. This may make a big difference if you have experienced taste changes or have difficulty eating.
  • Gluten free: Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye and barley. If you are sensitive to gluten, it may cause indigestion, pain and/or diarrhea. We offer gluten-free options daily.

A sample lunch menu includes:

  • Seared salmon with basil pesto
  • Curried quinoa
  • Balsamic glazed mushrooms


We offer menu items at a competitive price for you and your caregivers. Additional, affordable options are available in Ricardo’s Cafe & Bistro.

Café hours

Our dining room is open five days a week. Meals are served during the hours listed below, but accommodations may be made during off-peak times.

Monday through Friday

Breakfast    7 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Lunch         11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Dinner        4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday

The cafeteria is closed to outpatient visitors on weekends. All inpatients should ask their nurse about access to our dining services.

Ricardo’s Cafe & Bistro hours

Monday through Friday
7 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday
7 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
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