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Loyal E. Horton Dining Awards

Collegiate foodservice is a demanding profession worthy of recognition. In college and university culinary arts, the ultimate professional tribute is a NACUFS Loyal E. Horton Dining Award.

Named for a NACUFS founder, past president and highly regarded innovator, the Loyal E. Horton Dining Awards celebrate exemplary menus, presentations, special event planning, and new dining concepts, and provide an avenue for sharing ideas and creative presentations in campus dining services.

Congratulations to the 2014 winners! View list.


Why Enter?

Competing for this prestigious award will help instill a sense of pride and team spirit with your dining staff. You will gain national recognition from your peers and be able to market an award-winning dining program to your customers. And you will share your creativity and knowledge with other foodservice professionals with your entry.

Each year’s contest entries are displayed at the NACUFS national conference and award winners are publically recognized at a luncheon culminating with the announcement of the Grand Prize winners. Grand Prize winners also receive recognition with a feature article in NACUFS’ magazine, Campus Dining Today.

With classifications for every size program and multiple categories covering residential dining, catering, and retail sales, there is sure to be an opportunity for you to compete in this highly regarded dining contest. Enter this prestigious competition and gain acclaim for your program.

Categories | Rules

Because there are many facets to collegiate dining (and institutions vary in size and budget), the Loyal E. Horton Dining Awards Contest offers six major categories, each with awards for small, medium, and large institutions. 

The categories for the contest are:

  1. Residential Dining Concepts
  2. Residential Dining—Special Event
  3. Retail Sales—Single Concept
  4. Retail Sales—Multiple Concepts/Marketplace
  5. Catering—Special Event
  6. Catering—Online Menu (Electronic Entries Only)

If you have questions, contact Karen Lance at (517) 332-2494.