UMass Amherst Dining Services to Host Six Schools Honored with Princeton Review’s ‘Best Campus Food’ Nomination

AMHERST, Mass. – Six schools that earned “Best Campus Food” honors in the 2015 edition of The Princeton Review will be represented at a special Princeton Review Dinner on Tuesday, March 3 from 5-9 p.m. at Hampshire Dining Commons at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Chefs from UMass Dining Services (#2 for Best Campus Food) and their colleagues fromVirginia Tech (#1), Cornell University (#3),St. Olaf College (#5), James Madison University (#6) and Bryn Mawr College (#8) will be preparing and serving their most popular menu items that helped them win the recognition.  

In addition to good food, there will be a short presentation from each school about their dining program.

According to The Princeton Review website, the rankings are based on yearly surveys of 130,000 students attending colleges across the country. For the past three years, UMass Amherst Dining Services has placed in the top three dining programs in the country for “Best Campus Food,” according to rankings.

Robert Franek, senior vice president of publishing at The Princeton Review, will be helping kick off the celebration of the country’s best collegiate dining programs. “UMass Amherst’s annual Best Campus Food event is one of the most enjoyable, spirited and tasty campus visits of the year for me, and for all of us at The Princeton Review who attend it,” said Franek. “We applaud the university for hosting it and saluting the outstanding work of the chefs on our ‘Best Campus Food’ list for 2015. What a treat for the 4,000 students here who, at this event and throughout the year, get to savor some of the most delicious, healthy, and diverse campus food in the land.”

“We are honored to host this prestigious event and work with our colleagues from five other outstanding schools, representing some of the ‘best of the best’ food service operations in the nation,” said Ken Toong, executive director of UMass Auxiliary Enterprises. “We can all learn from one other, as we strive to provide memorable dining experiences, one meal at a time.”

The dinner is open to the public for $13 per person. Students, faculty and staff on a meal plan can attend the dinner and festivities by using their meal swipes.


A glance at the visiting dining programs:

University of Massachusetts Amherst

  • Total annual purchases - $25 million
  • Students on board plan -  18,000

Virginia Tech

  • Total annual purchases - $16.5 million
  • Students on board plan – 20,050

Cornell University

  • Total annual purchases - $17,393,826
  • Students on board plan - 9,398

St. Olaf College

  • Total annual purchases - $4 million
  • Students on board plan -  3,000

James Madison University

  • Total annual purchases - $10 million
  • Students on board plan -  15,000

Bryn Mawr College

  • Total annual purchases - $5.7 million
  • Students on board plan -  1,216

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