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.
Due to COVID-19, the Loyal E. Horton Dining Awards have been canceled for 2021.
Frequently Asked Questions
Rules & Judging Guidelines
The Loyal E. Horton Dining Awards is open to Institutional members and has six different categories including:
This award celebrates any residential dining concept housed with an all-you-care-to-eat facility, regardless of meal plan type.
**Note: If you enter this category, you cannot enter the dining facility category. **
Submission Requirements & Judging Criteria
This award celebrates any all-you-care-to-eat residential dining facility, regardless of meal plan type. **Note: If you enter this category, you cannot enter the dining concepts category. **
A unique event that took place outside of your typical dining program, such as a festival, holiday celebration, or recognition.
A retail location on campus that has innovative features and techniques.
A campus event that was executed with notable touches and had an original feel to it.
A distinct, special menu that is used for catered occasions on campus.