Meal Services Available on Pachón

LSST Dining Facility

  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner available on a set schedule.
  • Has an upper maximum capacity.

Pachón Dining Facility

  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner available on a set schedule.
  • Has an upper maximum capacity.

Contractor meal service on Pachón requires 2 weeks of advance notice to LSST and Service Provider.  Once service is established, daily variation in the quantity of meals requires 24 hours notice to the kitchen staff 

Definition of Provided Meals (1)

  • All labor, materials, equipment, utilities and facilities required to prepare and serve 4 meals every day are provided by the Service Provider. 
  • There are four types of meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner and night lunch. A description of each meal is given below, including information on schedule, menu, and quantity of users accommodated.
  • The breakfast, lunch and dinner service are cafeteria style self-service at the LSST, Cerro Tololo and Cerro Pachon dining facilities. Sufficient space and furnishings are provided to accommodate the anticipated number of customers.
  • The quantity of persons served that is listed for each meal service is based on current demand. Any significant change in demand would impact the schedule – a significant increase would potentially require two shifts and would impact the resources required.
  • The schedules and menus for the meals may be subject to minor variation based on varying seasonal or logistical conditions and requirements.

Definition of Provided Meals (2)  


Served from 8:00 to 9:30 Buffet-style 

Available Standard Menu Items: 

  • Scrambled or fried eggs
  • Toast with butter, marmalade, jam
  • Sliced cheese and cold cuts
  • Pastries, pancakes or other sides
  • Cereal
  • Yogurt
  • Fresh fruit
  • Assortment of juices
  • Assortment of milk options
  • Coffee and tea

Approximate Capacity of Persons Served: 40 at CT, 30 at CP Verify by Mountain Ops 


Served from 13:00 to 14:30 Buffet-style 


  • Main dishes (2 options provided) – beef, fish, casserole, pasta, pizza, hamburgers or other main courses
  • Side dish – vegetables, French fries, empanadas, or other sides
  • Bread
  • Salad bar – with an assortment of vegetables and fruits that are in season
  • Soup – chicken or beef soup, vegetable cream soup, consommé or other
  • Dessert – cake, pie, pudding, flan, or other
  • Drinks – Juice (min 2 types), milk, soft drinks, coffee, tea, water

Approximate Capacity of Persons Served: 40 at CT, 30 at CP Verify by Mountain Ops 


Served from 17:00 to 19:00 Business-type dinner with multiple menu options


Same extent and variety as lunch, with different main dishes offered. One of the main dishes is usually the same for dinner and lunch on a given day, but it is prepared fresh for dinner, not leftover from lunch and warmed up.

Approximate Capacity of Persons Served: 15 at CT, 10 at CP Verify by Mountain Ops 


Late meal

If pre-ordered can be collected at dinner time and eaten later.


Financial support for Rubin Observatory comes from the National Science Foundation (NSF) through Cooperative Support Agreement No. 1202910, the Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science under Contract No. DE-AC02-76SF00515, and private funding raised by the LSST Corporation. The NSF-funded Rubin Observatory Project Office for construction was established as an operating center under management of the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA).  The DOE-funded effort to build the the Rubin Observatory LSST Camera (LSSTCam) is managed by the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory (SLAC).
The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1950 to promote the progress of science. NSF supports basic research and people to create knowledge that transforms the future.
NSF and DOE will continue to support Rubin Observatory in its Operations phase. They will also provide support for scientific research with LSST data.   

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