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Loyal E. Horton Dining Awards

The Loyal E. Horton Dining Awards is the ultimate professional tribute in college and university culinary arts. The award, named after a National Association of College & University Food Services (NACUFS) founder, past president, and highly regarded innovator, celebrates exemplary menus, presentations, special event planning and new dining concepts. NACUFS celebrates the innovative ideas and successful implementation of these programs. The winners, broken down into small, medium, and large institutions, will have their entries displayed at the National Conference and award winners are recognized and celebrated during a luncheon, with an announcement of the Grand Prize winners. Grand Prize winners will also receive recognition in Campus Dining Today®, the official magazine of NACUFS. 

 

The 2024 Loyal E. Horton Dining Awards entry period is closed. 

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The Loyal E. Horton Dining Awards is open to Institutional members only. In 2024, the categories are: 

Retail Sales: Single Concept of the Year
Retail Sales: Multiple Concepts of the Year
Retail Sales: Marketplace of the Year
Catering Special Event of the Year
Residential Special Event of the Year
Catering Program of the Year
Renovation of the Year
New Facility of the Year (even years only)
Innovative Dining Program of the Year
Employee Development Program of the Year
Residential Dining Facility of the Year
Outreach & Education Program of the Year

2024 Winners

 
Retail Sales: Single Concept of the Year
 

Awarded to outstanding single concept retail facilities.

The winners in the Retail Sales: Single Concept of the Year for 2024 are:
 

Gold:   

SUNY at Buffalo, Campus Dining and Shops

SUNY Geneseo, Campus Auxiliary Services

Silver: 

Cal Poly - Pomona

Cal Poly - San Luis Obispo

Bronze: 

Carleton University

Stevens Institute of Technology

University of Arizona

University of Maryland

 

 

 
Retail Sales: Multiple Concepts of the Year
 

Awarded to outstanding multi-concept retail facilities.

The winners in the Retail Sales: Multiple Concepts of the Year category for 2024 are:

 

Bronze:

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill

         

 

 
Retail Sales: Marketplace of the Year
 

Awarded to outstanding marketplace concepts.

The winners in the Retail Sales: Marketplace of the Year category for 2024 are:

 

Silver:   

Florida Institute of Technology

University of North Texas

 

 

 
Catering Special Event of the Year
 

Awarded to a special event put on by the catering department of the university.

The winners in the Catering Special Event of the Year category for 2024 are:

 

Gold: 

Marywood University

Texas Tech University

Silver: 

Babson College

Michigan State University

Texas Christian University

Bronze: 

Catawba College

Marist College

Honorable Mention:

Carleton University

Montclair State University

University of Arkansas - Fayetteville

 

 

 
Residential Special Event of the Year
 

Awarded to an outstanding event taking place in residential dining for its strong focus on the student experience.

The winners in the Residential Special Event of the Year category for 2024 are:
 

Gold:

University of Montana

University of North Texas

Silver: 

Gettysburg College

Hendrix College

Monmouth University

Tufts University

University of Houston

University of Pennsylvania

University of Richmond

Bronze:

Carleton University

Pennsylvania State University

SUNY at Cortland

University of California – Davis

 

 
Catering Program of the Year
 

Awarded to outstanding catering programs who show value to their campus in everyday ways.

The winners in the Catering Program of the Year category for 2024 are:
 

Gold:

University of North Texas

Silver: 

Johns Hopkins University

 

 

 
Renovation of the Year
 

Awarded to an outstanding renovation that opened in the calendar year of the awards.

The winners in the Renovation of the Year category for 2024 are:
 

Gold:

University of California - San Diego

Silver: 

Southwestern University - Georgetown

University of Arizona

Virginia Tech

Washington University in St. Louis

Bronze: 

Rochester Institute of Technology

 

 

 
New Facility of the Year
 

Awarded every other year to an outstanding new facility that opened within the previous two years (i.e., 2024 awards will be for new facilities in 2022 and 2023, 2026 awards for 2024 and 2025).

The winner in the New Facility of the Year category for 2024 is:
 

Gold:

Liberty University

 

 
Innovative Dining Program of the Year
 

Awarded to dining programs who were forward thinking in all aspects of their operation, including, but not limited to, technology, menu, guest experience, student affordability, staffing, and employee development.

The winners in the Innovative Dining Program of the Year category for 2024 are:
 

Gold: 

University of Massachusetts

University of North Texas

Silver: 

Montclair State University

Simon Fraser University

University of Arizona

Bronze:

Loyola University - New Orleans

Samford University

University of North Dakota

 

 

 
Employee Development Program of the Year
 

Awarded to dining programs who place an emphasis on growing and developing their team at all levels.

The winners in the Employee Development Program of the Year category for 2024 are:
 

Gold: 

United States Naval Academy

University of California - Davis

Silver: 

Boston University

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill

University of North Dakota

Bronze: 

Texas Tech University

 

 

 
Residential Dining Facility of the Year
 

Awarded to an outstanding dining facility that encapsulates the spirit of enhancing the student experience. The facility does not need to be new to enter and can be entered in multiple years. Second entries and onward must highlight new aspects of the operation that were created to enhance the student/guest experience in the facility (i.e., staffing improvements, technology improvements, menu changes, educational programming).

The winners in the Residential Dining Facility of the Year category for 2024 are:
 

Gold:

Liberty University

Silver: 

Montclair State University

Rider University

Stevens Institute of Technology

The University of Alabama

University of Arizona

University of Florida

University of Lynchburg

Bronze: 

Carleton University

 

 

 
Outreach & Education Program of the Year
 

Awarded to outstanding programs who place an emphasis on teaching their guests new skills. These skills could be culinary and based in a teaching kitchen, cultural experiences, nutritional experiences, or otherwise.

The winners in the Outreach & Education Program of the Year category for 2024 are:
 

Gold: 

Duke University

Pennsylvania State University

Texas Christian University

Silver: 

Northeastern University

University of California - Merced

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill

Bronze:

Marist College

Montclair State University