FoodService Director selects finalists for Goldies Awards

Winners to be announced Feb. 28.

The University of Massachusetts, with two entries, leads the finalists for the 2012 Goldies Awards, sponsored by FoodService Director and The Culinary Institute of America. The awards will be presented Feb. 28 at MenuDirections 2012, to be held in Charleston, S.C.

"We received a lot of high quality entries this year, from a broader cross-section of the industry than we did last year," said FSD Editor Paul King. "These finalists truly represent the best of the best, and the judges at the CIA will have a hard time choosing from among them."

In the category Going Green, the finalists are Legg Mason, Baltimore (a Restaurant Associates account); the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and the University of Washington, Seattle. In Health & Wellness, the finalists are The College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, Mass.; the El Monte (Calif.) City School District, and the University of New Hampshire, Durham, N.H..

In Food Democracy, the finalists are the University of North Texas, Denton, Texas;  Sodexo, Gaithersburg, Md., and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. In Focusing on the Guest, the finalists are Compass Group, Charlotte, N.C.; Yale University, New Haven, Conn.; Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, New Brunswick, N.J., and the Orlando Health & Rehabilitation Center, Orlano, Fla.

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