The National Association of College & University Food Services (NACUFS) has announced the gold, silver, and bronze winners of the 2022 Loyal E. Horton Dining, Nutrition, and Sustainability Awards. The Grand Prize winners will be announced on Saturday, July 16, during the NACUFS 2022 National Conference in Spokane, Wash.
The Loyal E. Horton Dining Awards, named after a NACUFS founder, past president, and highly regarded innovator, celebrate innovative ideas and program implementation of NACUFS members. This year, 37 member institutions across North America submitted entries in six categories: Residential Dining Concepts, Residential Dining Facility, Residential Dining-Special Event, Retail Sales-Single Concept/Multiple Concepts/Marketplace, Catering-Special Event, and Catering-Online Menu.
A team of six judges and a committee chair examined each entry and awarded gold, silver, and bronze in each category with multiple winners were recognized in some categories. The winners of the 2022 Loyal E. Horton Dining Awards are...
Residential Dining Facility
Gold: Tufts University and Rider University
Silver: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Bronze: California Polytechnic State University
Residential Dining-Special Event
Gold: Virginia Tech and North Dakota State University
Silver: University of North Texas
Bronze: University of Arizona
Retail Sales – Single Concept/Multiple Concepts/Marketplace
Gold: University of California San Diego, University of Richmond and Schoolcraft College
Silver: Cal Poly Corporation, Central Washington University and SUNY at Cortland
Bronze: Texas Christian University and University of Arizona
Gold: University of North Texas, University of North Dakota and Rollins College
Silver: Hope College
There were no entries that met the minimum requirements for a medal in Residential Dining Concepts and Catering-Special Event.
The nutrition awards recognize the outstanding nutrition and wellness programs implemented within collegiate foodservice programs to meet the needs of a dynamic student population. Fourteen member institutions across North America submitted entries in two categories: Most Innovative Wellness & Nutrition Program and Best Vegan Recipe. A team of four judges examined each entry and awarded gold, silver, and bronze.
The winners of the 2022 Nutrition Awards are:
Most Innovative Wellness & Nutrition Program
Gold: University of Maryland
Silver: University of Massachusetts
Bronze: Washington University in St. Louis
Best Vegan Recipe
Gold: University of Connecticut
Silver: Buffalo State College
Bronze: Marist College
The sustainability awards recognize the pivotal role dining services has in the overall environmental sustainability and social responsibility of a campus: people/planet/profit. Six member institutions across North America submitted entries in the Procurement Practices, Waste Management, and Outreach and Education categories. A team of four judges examined each entry carefully and awarded gold and silver.
The winners of the 2022 Sustainability Awards are:
Gold: University of Michigan
Silver: University of California Davis
Gold: Boston College
Silver: University of Michigan
Outreach and Education
Gold: University of Rhode Island
Silver: Virginia Tech