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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 now open through March 31, 2024. All entries must be received through the online platform. 

 

 

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

2023 Winners

 
Residential Dining Concepts
 

This award celebrates any residential dining concept housed with an all-you-care-to-eat facility, regardless of meal plan type. 

The winners in the Residential Dining Concepts category for 2023 are:

Gold: Tufts University

Bronze: The University of Alabama

 

 
Residential Dining Facility
 

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. **

 

The winners in the Residential Dining Facility category for 2023 are:

 

Gold:      Cornell University

               University of Richmond

Silver:    Stevens Institute of Technology

               University of Maryland

Bronze: University of Arizona

               Xavier University


 
Residential Dining – Special Event
 

A unique event that took place outside of your typical dining program, such as a festival, holiday celebration, or recognition.


The winners in the Residential Dining - Special Event category for 2023 are:


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
 

A retail location on campus that has innovative features and techniques.


The winners in the Retail Sales - Single Concept/Multiple Concepts/Marketplace category for 2023 are:


Gold: 

SUNY at Buffalo, Campus Dining and Shops

Silver: 

University of North Texas

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill

Bronze: 

California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Stevens Institute of Technology

Rollins College


 
Catering – Special Event
 

A campus event that was executed with notable touches and had an original feel to it.

 

The winners in the Catering - Special Event category for 2023.

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
 

A distinct, special menu that is used for catered occasions on campus.

 

The winners in the Catering - Online Menu category for 2023 are:

Silver: Montana State University

Bronze: University of North Dakota