Tuesday, March 3rd we welcomed the top six schools voted “Best Campus Food” by the Princeton Review 2015 Edition in Hampshire Dining Common. Each of the six schools, including UMass Amherst, Cornell University, Virginia Tech, Bryn Mawr College, St. Olaf College, and James Madison University, showcased their favorite cuisines that won them each this amazing honor! We also had famous Food Network television host, Kevin Brauch at the event interviewing each distinguished Executive Chef.
Princeton Review’s Senior Vice President and publisher of The Best 397 Colleges, Robert Franek helped host a vibrant event. Who better to award these schools with such high accolades than Franek, who has worked at The Princeton Review for fifteen and a half years. During an inside interview, Franek revealed he didn’t have a favorite school or specific dish, but his favorite part of the event was observing the care that goes into each school’s cuisines at their respective stations. Franek recommended that the students from UMass sampled foods from all of the other colleges.
Not only were the visiting Dining Services teams and their Executive Chefs happy about the event, but the clearest stamp of approval was from the students themselves. Walking around the concourse in Hampshire, there wasn’t a single student who hadn’t sampled dishes from other schools (and enjoyed them). After polling several tables, students agreed they enjoyed all of the food they tasted, but both Virginia Tech’s Award Winning Snickers Cupcakes and James Madison University’s Fried Pimiento Mac and Cheese Bites were clear favorites.
Later in the night, the six participating school’s Dining Services Associates gave a short presentation on their university’s dining programs. Each school presented images of their own special events and state of the art dining facilities. To conclude the night, Robert Franek presented each school with their “Best Campus Food” plaques, during a closing award ceremony held in the Hampshire Room. To say the night was a success, is an understatement. All six visiting schools expressed how impressed they were with the event, and not a student left hungry!