Cal Poly Campus Dining Wins Grand Prize in National Competition

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly recently won a grand prize in the 2018 Loyal E. Horton Dining Award competition, sponsored by the National Association of College and University Food Services (NACUFS). University Catering received this honor in the Catering-Online Menu category.
“Each day we work to create a better dining experience on campus and to support the success of each student who walks through our doors,” Catering Manager Cynthia Stocker said. “This is great recognition for our entire team and really emphasizes the work and pride that we put into everything we do.”

The Catering-Online Menu category considers the creative design, style and the usage of images to create a “wow factor” in the menu and web design. The menus must showcase a variety of food selections and the various methods used in the preparation.
University Catering, a service of Campus Dining, also won a silver award in Catering Special Event for last year’s executive dinner.
This is the second time that University Catering has won gold for Online Catering Menu; the first was in 2014. Campus Dining also won silver for Catering Special Event in 2017.
The Loyal E. Horton dining awards are named for a NACUFS founder, past president and highly regarded innovator. They celebrate exemplary menus, presentations, special event planning and new dining concepts, and provide an avenue for sharing ideas and creative presentations in campus dining services.
A total of 116 colleges and universities from around North America submitted entries in five categories, including Residential Dining Concepts, Residential Dining-Special Event, Retail Sales-Single Concept/Multiple Concepts/Market-place, Catering-Special Event, and Catering-Online Menu. A team of six judges and a committee chair examined each entry and selected top candidates in each category.
This year’s contest entries were displayed at the NACUFS 2018 National Conference in Providence, Rhode Island, and award winners were recognized at a luncheon July 14, culminating with the announcement of the grand prize winners. All winners are listed online at:
About the National Association of College and University Food Services (NACUFS)
NACUFS was founded in 1958 by a group of 20 college and university food service professionals from across the U.S. Since its inception, NACUFS has focused on its mission to support and promote excellence in collegiate dining by providing members with educational and training opportunities, technical assistance, scholarships, industry information and research. NACUFS membership is composed of institutions of higher education from across the U.S., Canada and abroad; and industry members from the food, equipment and consulting market segments. For more information visit
About Cal Poly
Founded in 1901 and part of the renowned California State University system since 1960, Cal Poly is a nationally ranked, four-year, comprehensive polytechnic public university located in San Luis Obispo, California. Known for its Learn by Doing approach, small class sizes and open access to expert faculty, Cal Poly is a distinctive learning community whose 22,000 academically motivated students enjoy an unrivaled hands-on educational experience that prepares them to lead successful personal and professional lives. For more information, visit
About Cal Poly Corporation
Cal Poly Corporation is the nonprofit auxiliary organization to Cal Poly, providing self-supporting, innovative and high-quality services to the university and assisting the institution in achieving its educational mission. For additional information, visit or call 805-756-1451.

Contact: Aaron Lambert

August 9, 2018

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