Ariel leads him around to the entrance. "Lesson one about Whateley: This school has more money than it knows what to do with, and no extramural sports programs to waste it on. This means a very atypical budget, including the best-paid teachers in the continental US, and relevantly, the best-paid cafeteria staff as well. There are actual gourmet chefs in the kitchens of the Crystal Hall. They don't do most of the work, of course, but even the line cooks are much more competent than average. That's important, because most mutants tend to eat a lot, and have a heightened appreciation for food because of it. I'm one of those mutants, which is why the Crystal Hall is practically my home."
The dome, once entered, reveals itself to have three levels, the upper level containing a fountain with waterfalls down to the ground floor. There are several different food lines, each delineated with a unique legend. "The carrot," Ariel explains, "is for vegan fare. The cheese is for vegetarians. The steak is for meat-eaters, not to be confused with the cow, which is for obligate carnivores. The geode is for people who eat rocks and minerals, the baguette with a line through it is gluten free, the banana is various fruits, and the cake is for desserts. You must try the desserts. Also, there's the specialty kiosk, which is for people with specific dietary needs, like blood, insects, or live prey. If you have such needs, you can inform the administration and they will be provided. I am going to go to the obligate carnivore line to get an entire rack of lamb, then to the dessert line to get some pie, and I'll be available on the first floor when you're ready. Okay?"