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  POSTED ON: Thursday, June 15, 2023 9:55 AM by

ANNAPOLIS, Md – U.S. Naval Academy Catering, a part of the Naval Academy Business Services Division, was recently announced by the National Association of College & University Food Services (NACUFS) as the recipient of a NACUFS 2023 Loyal E. Horton Dining Award. USNA Catering received a bronze-level award in the category of “Catering - Special Event.”

Dining room setup in Dahlgren Hall

Named after a NACUFS founder, past president, and highly regarded innovator, the dining awards celebrate exemplary menus, presentations, special event planning, and new dining concepts, while providing an avenue for sharing ideas and creative presentations in collegiate dining.

“This recognition from NACUFS of the Loyal E. Horton Bronze Award for Catering Special Events is a testament to the commitment and dedication the Naval Academy Business Services Division’s Catering Team has to the mission of the United States Naval Academy,” said Phillip R. Allison, deputy director, Naval Academy Business Services Division. “They have worked tirelessly to develop a first-class catering operation in support of our campus community. It is so rewarding to see their efforts recognized by our peers within NACUFS and we look forward to seeing them continue to grow and excel in support of USNA.” 

NABSD employees

Member institutions across North America submitted entries in six categories, including residential dining concepts, residential dining facility, residential dining—special event, retail sales—single concept/multiple concepts/marketplace, catering—special event, and catering—online menu.

NACUFS Chief Executive Officer Robert Nelson noted the exemplary quality of award submissions this year, saying, “In honoring recipients of the NACUFS 2023 Loyal E. Horton Dining Awards, we acknowledge the tireless efforts and unwavering dedication of the exceptional individuals and teams who elevate the standard of campus dining across North America. Their innovative approaches and unparalleled passion for culinary excellence demonstrate the unequivocal value of campus dining, along with the community, health and well-being it fosters among college students. We proudly congratulate our winners on their outstanding achievements.”

NABSD meal

 The National Association of College & University Food Services was founded in 1958 by a group of college and university foodservice professionals from across the United States. Since its inception, NACUFS has focused on its mission to support and promote excellence in collegiate dining by providing members with the programs and resources they need to excel, from benchmarking and best practices to educational programming and professional networking. Members range from private colleges to large public universities, including two-year and four-year institutions, spanning the United States, Canada, United Kingdom and beyond. Industry members include food and equipment manufacturers, distributors, brokers, foodservice support companies, councils, boards, trade associations, advisory commissions, and other professional groups.

Founded in 1845, the U.S. Naval Academy today is a prestigious four-year service academy that prepares midshipmen morally, mentally and physically to be professional officers in the naval service. More than 4,400 men and women representing every state in the U.S. and several foreign countries make up the student body, known as the Brigade of Midshipmen. U.S. News and World Report has recognized the Naval Academy as  the #1 top public school, #4 undergraduate engineering school, and #6 best liberal arts college. Midshipmen learn from military and civilian instructors and participate in intercollegiate varsity sports and extracurricular activities. They also study subjects such as leadership, ethics, small arms, drill, cyber security, seamanship and navigation, tactics, naval engineering and weapons, and military law. Upon graduation, midshipmen earn a Bachelor of Science degree in a choice of 26 different subject majors and go on to serve at least five years of exciting and rewarding service as commissioned officers in the U.S. Navy or U.S. Marine Corps.

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