Dining Services Receives National Awards
Northern has received two Loyal E. Horton Dining Awards. The nationwide competition honors the most successful ideas in menus, presentations, special-event planning and new dining concepts. It is sponsored by the National Association of College and University Food Services.
Among medium-sized schools, Northern won silver in the category of stand-alone, single-concept retail outlet for Temaki & Tea (pictured). The venue is located on the upper floor of C.B. Hedgcock and serves sushi and noodle dishes, along with other organic and fair trade food and beverages.
In the residence hall theme dinner category, NMU earned bronze for “Northern Lights” at the Marketplace. The event was held on the Sunday night students returned from spring break. In addition to themed décor and food, students could enjoy roasted marshmallows, hay rides and games.
“The staff had a great time putting it together,” said Andre Mallie (Dining Services). “But it involved a lot of hard work, so it’s nice to see the staff recognized for their efforts and professionalism. These awards not only boost morale; they put Northern in the same league as some of the big-name universities known for their great dining services operations. It’s also good for the students because it enhances their total experience.”
Mallie said some Dining Services staff members will accept the awards on behalf of NMU when they attend the association's national conference in Seattle next month.