Award-winning Dining Services

The University of Richmond Dining Services is a proud member of the National Association of College and University Food Services (NACUFS) and participates annually in NACUFS competitions. Each Dining Services location is constantly challenging itself to do more and our awards are a reflection of a dedicated staff whose daily goal is to offer high-quality food, excellent customer service, and thoughtful practices around sustainability. 

Named after NACUFS’ founder, Loyal E. Horton Dining Awards celebrate exemplary menus, presentations, special event planning and new dining concepts. NACUFS provides an avenue for sharing ideas and creative presentations in campus dining services, and award winners are considered models for other institutions to follow.

Ranked #11 for best campus food by the Princeton Review. 

Chef Culinary Conference Team Competition 2024
American Culinary Federation Silver Medal Winner
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NACUFS Loyal E. Horton Dining Award 2024
Silver Winner for Residential Special Event, International Education Week Dinner
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NACUFS Nutrition Award 2024
Silver Winner for Wellness and Nutrition Program of the Year, Demonstration Kitchen
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  • 2023

    Chef Culinary Conference Team Competition 2023
    American Culinary Federation Silver Medal Winner
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    NACUFS Regional Culinary Challenge 2023
    Bronze Medal - Chris White, HDC Sous Chef
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    NACUFS Loyal E. Horton Dining Award 2023
    Gold Winner for Catering Special Event, The Inauguration of Kevin F. Hallock
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    NACUFS Loyal E. Horton Dining Award 2023
    Gold Winner for Residential Dining Facility, Heilman Dining Center
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  • 2022

    Ranked #9 for best campus food by the Princeton Review. 

    NACUFS Loyal E. Horton Dining Award 2022
    Gold Winner for Retail Sales - Single Concept - Organic Krush

    Grand Prize Winner for Retail Sales - Single Concept - Organic Krush
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    Chef Culinary Conference Team Competition 2022
    American Culinary Federation Silver Medal Winner
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    NACUFS Distinguished Service Award 2022
    Regional Ambassador - Terry Baker

  • 2021
    Ranked #14 for best campus food by the Princeton Review.
  • 2020

    NACUFS Loyal E. Horton Dining Award 2020

    Silver Prize Winner for Residential Dining Special Event: Pan-Asian Dinner
  • 2019

    Taste of the World 2019-UR Team Wins Bronze

    University of Richmond Chefs Matt Grosse, Sharitka Giles, Amanda Boyd and Earl Lee III, won the bronze medal during the 25th Annual Tastes of the World Chef Culinary Conference, an American Culinary Federation-sanctioned competition.

  • 2017

    Taste of the World 2017- UR Team Wins Silver

    University of Richmond Chefs Matt Salsberry, Kayla O’Quinn, Mike Scampoli, and Amy Wingfield won the silver medal in the team competition at the University of Massachusetts’ Taste of World Culinary Conference Competition, an American Culinary Federation endorsed event.

    2017 Loyal E. Horton Dining Awards

    Silver award in Catering Special Event for the Queally Admissions Opening Reception

    Bronze award in Catering Special Event for the 90th Birthday Celebration for Bettie Gustafson.

    Honorable Mention, Retail Dining, Tyler’s.

  • 2016

    2016 Loyal E. Horton Dining Awards

    Silver award, Residential Dining Concepts, Heilman Dining Center

    Silver award, Retail Dining, Passport Cafe

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