NACUFS names 2023 award recipients

Grand prize winners of the association’s Loyal E. Horton, nutrition and sustainability awards will be revealed in July.
Morrison Dining at Cornell
An eatery at Cornell University, which was named a winner for Residential Dining Facility. / Photo by Melissa Hom

The National Association of College & University Food Services (NACUFS) has named the winners of its 2023 Loyal E. Horton, nutrition and sustainability awards.

Grand prize winners of these awards will be announced at NACUFS' national conference in Baltimore this July. 

“In honoring recipients of the NACUFS 2023 Loyal E. Horton Dining Awards, Nutrition Awards and Sustainability Awards, we acknowledge the tireless efforts and unwavering dedication of the exceptional individuals and teams who elevate the standard of campus dining across North America,” NACUFS CEO Robert Nelson said in a press release. “Their innovative approaches and unparalleled passion for culinary excellence demonstrate the unequivocal value of campus dining, and the community, health and well-being it fosters among college students.”

This year’s Loyal E. Horton winners, which were chosen in six categories, are:

Residential Dining Concepts
Gold: Tufts University
Bronze: The University of Alabama

Residential Dining Facility
Gold:Cornell University; University of Richmond
Silver: Stevens Institute of Technology; University of Maryland
Bronze: University of Arizona; Xavier University

Residential Dining: Special Event
Gold:University of North Texas; Texas Tech University
Silver:University of Massachusetts; Hendrix College

Bronze: University of Ottawa, Florida Institute of Technology

Retail Sales: Single Concept/Multiple Concepts/Marketplace
Gold: SUNY at Buffalo, Campus Dining and Shops; University of North Texas
Silver: University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
Bronze: California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo; Stevens Institute of Technology; Rollins College

Catering: Special Event
Gold:Yale University; University of North Texas; University of Richmond
Silver: Seton Hall University
Bronze: University of Michigan; Pennsylvania State University; United States Naval Academy

Catering: Online Menu
Silver: Montana State University
Bronze: University of North Dakota

NACUFS also recognized campuses for achievements in two categories under the nutrition umbrella:

Most Innovative Wellness and Nutrition Program
Gold: Duke University
Silver: Washington University in St. Louis
Bronze:University of Maryland

Best Local Foods Recipe
Gold: University of Connecticut
Silver: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Bronze: Boston College

As well as winners in three areas related to sustainability:

Outreach and Education
Gold: University of Michigan
Silver: University of California at Irvine
Bronze: University of Chicago

Procurement Practices
Silver: Boston College
Bronze: University of Montana

Waste Management
Gold: Boston University



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