UMass Amherst Dining Services Hosts Five Schools for Annual ‘Best Campus Food’ Celebration

Princeton Review Best Campus Food

AMHERST, Mass. – Sixteen chefs from six colleges and universities that earned “Best Campus Food” recognition in the 2017 edition of The Princeton Review will be on hand at the Princeton Review Dinner Celebration on Thursday, March 23 from 5-9 p.m. at Hampshire Dining Commons at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

In what has become an annual event on the campus of UMass Amherst, the celebratory dinner is one of the most anticipated specials held each year in the campus dining halls. Ken Toong, executive director of Auxiliary Enterprises, calls it “a celebration of collegiate dining and is a true reflection of the top-notch dining experience available at the schools represented in Princeton Review's list of ‘Best Campus Food.’”

Chefs from UMass Dining Services and their colleagues from Bryn Mawr College, Cornell University, James Madison University, St. Olaf College and Virginia Tech, will be showcasing some of their most popular menu items that helped place them in the Princeton Review ranking of Best Campus Food 2017.

The Princeton Review’s rankings are based on yearly surveys of 143,000 students attending colleges across the country. For the past six years, UMass Dining has been among the top dining programs in the country for “Best Campus Food,” most recently achieving the number one spot.

Robert Franek, editor in chief and senior vice president of publishing at The Princeton Review, will be present at the celebration and give a brief overview of the ranking process. “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,” says Franek.

“We are honored to host this prestigious event and share our kitchens with our peers from five other outstanding schools representing some of the best food service operations in the nation,” says Toong. “Our chefs, our students and everyone at UMass Dining deserves the recognition of this prestigious award, being number one in the nation inspires us to keep innovating while continuing to offer ‘Healthy, Sustainable and Delicious’ food to our campus community. We expect about 3,000 students and staff will dine with us for this special event.”

The dinner is open to the public for $14 per person. Students, faculty and staff on a meal plan can attend the dinner with a meal plan swipe.