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Dining Services

A place for great food, honest values, and a comfortable atmosphere.

a cashier hands a woman a plate of food

We are proud to offer a dining program complete with signature brands and menu selections that include just about every item you can imagine. We feature a wide variety of fresh food designed to satisfy everyone's appetite with food choices to rival your favorite restaurants:

  • Fresh fruit and salads
  • Freshly baked pizza and pasta
  • Deli choices served on freshly baked breads
  • New creations by our chef just for you
  • Ice cream and freshly baked desserts
  • Homemade soups
  • And you can enjoy "all you care to eat!"

students in the Rattlers Den Food Court

Rattlers' Den Food Court

The Rattlers’ Den is all about the students.

  • All you can eat from one of five dining selections-International Station, Deli, Pizza, Burgers, Three Square and Salad Bar
  • Bluetooth into the sound system
  • Watch a game or play a movie on the 8 screen video wall

Meal Plans

Board Meal Plans

All residence hall students will be automatically registered for a 19 meal per week plan in the Rattlers’ Den as part of their room and board. Residence hall students must have their student ID to eat in the Rattlers’ Den or pay cash. Students or Faculty can purchase “flex money” that is loaded on to your ID and can be used in the Venom Pit Coffee Shop. Students wishing to change their meal plan must do so in writing within the first two weeks of the semester. Current Room and Board Rates

Commuter Meal Plans

Students not living on campus can purchase blocks of meals to be used in the Rattlers’ Den all you can eat food court at a discount rate by visiting the Otero Cashier’s office located in Student Service (McBride Hall). The meal plan will be loaded onto your student ID card and can be used anytime the food court is open.

  • 60 Meal Block — $451 ($7.52 per meal)
  • 30 Meal Block — $242 ($8.07 per meal)

Pay at the Register

students choose food in the Rattlers Den Food Court

Of course you can always eat at the Rattlers’ Den without a meal plan. Prices for the all-you-can-eat buffet at the register are:

  • Breakfast $6.95 plus tax
  • Lunch $7.95 plus tax
  • Dinner $8.75 plus tax

Visitors welcome

A student carries coffee from the Venom Pit Coffee Shop

Starbucks Coffee Shop

The Venom Pit Coffee Shop is located inside the Learning Commons. We offer Starbucks beverages, FANS smoothies, bottled and canned beverages, freshly baked muffins and cookies, and a variety of salads and sandwiches.

Venom Pit Hours of Operation
Days Hours
Monday–Friday 7:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
1:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Closed for Lunch Daily 1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Saturday–Sunday Closed

a close up of a checkout area with a Starbucks logo

Flex Money

Flex money is cash that is loaded on to your student ID card that can be used much like a debit card in the Venom Pit Coffee Shop. O-Stop or the Rattlers’ Den Food Court.

Any Otero student or staff can put flex money on their account by visiting the Otero cashier located in Student Service in McBride Hall.

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Campus and Community Catering

Sodexo Campus Catering services are in operation year-round

Guest Services Available:

  • Beverage Service
  • Continental and Full Breakfast Service
  • Lunch and Dinner Buffets
  • Plated Lunch and Dinner Service
  • Hors d'oeuvres
  • Desserts
  • Cakes and Cookies
  • Daytime Snacks and Business Breaks

Sodexo can customize menus to include special needs or make modifications for special requests.

For community groups who wish to enjoy Sodexo's catering services, reservations need to be made in advance by visiting Otero Online Events Form and require a guarantee count of guests one week prior to the event, unless other arrangements have been made. Quotes for food service do not include sales tax or facility fee by the college.

From basic coffee services to outdoor events of unlimited number, our goal is to provide you with a full range of quality and innovative catering services backed by a diverse, service-oriented staff and a wide range of resources.

Our talented Catering Coordinator is available to customize and create the perfect menu to compliment your event and budget.

For your convenience, you may place your order online at, schedule or repeat an event, or request a menu consultation with our Catering coordinator.

To begin the reservation procedure, complete the Otero Online Events Form or call the Sodexo office at: 719-384-6895.