Food at Arisia
Arisia attendees have many options for food both on- and off-site. Although we try to keep the information on this website and in our guides up to date, prices, menus, and hours for things not run by Arisia may change.
Food Inside Hotels
The Westin has a variety of options on its premises. We have a Food in the Westin guide for most of them. In addition, the Westin allows personal delivery of food from some services. See the Concierge Desk for menus of these restaurants. All guest rooms in the Westin come with refrigerators and guests may bring personal food to eat in their rooms; please do not take personal food into the Westin public areas.
The Aloft does not have a kitchen or restaurant; some snacks are sold there.
Food Outside Hotels
Arisia publishes a Restaurant Guide, which has information on, and maps for, many of the restaurants around and near the Westin, as well as in adjacent districts of Boston. The Guide is available online and in hardcopy near the Registration desk. If there are no copies available stop by Ops and let them know. A shared copy of the Restaurant Guide is always available at the Info desk; please help it stay there for everyone to use.
Food Organized by Arisia
Arisia provides attendees with the options described below. If you have questions about food organized by Arisia please check with the person in charge of the area. Of the options organized by Arisia, Con Suite and the Food Trucks are open to all attendees. See below for specific restrictions.
Arisia attendees who are participating in the program, on staff, or accredited members of the Press, may get food in the Green Room. Please display your badge and relevant ribbon prominently so we can let you in.
Green Room food will be appropriate to the time of day: breakfast-like foods in the morning, lunch-like foods mid-day, and some more substantial foods at dinnertime. The Green Room is not intended to be a substitute for regular meals; rather, it is a service for those who make the convention happen and so cannot always take time to get meals that require waiting in line or outside travel.
The Green Room is also a place for program participants to socialize, relax, and organize. Please keep your conversation appropriate and help the staff by cleaning up your area before you leave. Please do not take food out of the Green Room.
There is a separate Green Room for Masquerade participants and crew on Sunday night.
The Arisia Convention Suite is a relaxation and conversation area adjacent to the Dealer’s Room. Con Suite is open 24 hours and serves light snacks and drinks throughout. The Con Suite is open to all attendees - your badge must be visibly worn in order to enter.
Con Suite food is not intended to be meal-like, though we do strive to provide healthy alternatives alongside candy and soda. Please do not take any food or drink out of the Con Suite area.
Arisia’s Staff Den is a backstage area open only to members of the convention staff. Hours and location are provided to staff members on arrival at the convention. A badge with a Staff ribbon (or equivalent) is required for entry.
Because the Staff Den operates from a Westin room, we are limited in what can be done and served there. We do our best to meet the needs of staff who are short on time or whose shifts at the con require them to work during regular meal hours. If your job is making mealtimes difficult please speak to your Division Head about the options available.
Arisia is pleased once again to host food trucks for mid-day meals. Saturday through Monday you can find trucks parked in the designated areas outside the lower lobby of the Westin (down the hall from Registration). Boston in January can be chilly so please wear appropriate clothing for standing in line outside. The food trucks set their own menus and availability and may not take all forms of payment.
Food truck coverage hours will be 11am-4:30pm Saturday, Sunday, and Monday.
This year we are welcoming back three veterans of past Arisias, two per day:
Saturday: Baja Taco Truck and Boston Burger
Sunday: Bon Me and Roxy's Grilled Cheese
Monday: Baja Taco Truck and Bon Me
Additional details on this year's trucks will be posted as soon as we get them.