Food, Glorious Food

ivyWashington and Lee’s award-winning dining program has received more national recognition with a nomination for the 2009 Ivy Award by Restaurants & Institutions (R&I) magazine. Each year past Ivy Award winners nominate commercial and non-commercial  food-service organizations for this award—one of the most highly esteemed and coveted awards in the industry. So just getting a nomination is a major coup, and W&L was on the ballot that appeared in R&I magazine in February. Winners will be honored at a banquet at the Field Museum in Chicago. This is the second year in a row that W&L has received the nomination. In 2008, the National Association of College and University Food Services awarded W&L a gold award in the 2008 Loyal E. Horton Dining Contest for “Best Theme Event”  among similar size institutions. (If you want to see how they won, take a look at the menu for the upcoming Calypso dinner — Callaloo Voodoo?) On another food subject, W&L’s decision to buy local got some attention in area media last week in a story about the Good Food Movement in the Harrisonburg Daily Record. The story quoted Christopher Carpenter, special projects coordinator, who cited a number of reasons why Dining Service is buying more local product, including issues of food safety.

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