MU’s Campus Dining Services was one of six food service operations around the nation to be named the best by Restaurants & Institutions magazine when it received the 2005 Ivy Award. It was honored as part of a May reception and dinner at The Field Museum in Chicago.
Andrew Lough, assistant manager of marketing for CDS, said the award represents an effort of the entire team, for it ranks CDS with some of the best restaurants in the world.
Plaza 900, one of five all-you-care-to-eat residential locations on campus, opened in 2004.
A special feature is the On Stage area where cooks and chefs prepare food in front of the customer. CDS employs four professionally trained chefs and plans to bring another one to the staff sometime early next year. The chefs, along with quality product offerings and providing a variety of dining services, are some of the things that set MU apart from other universities, Lough said.
“We’re bringing a quality of food beyond what people expect for a college or university,” he said. “With the chefs we’ve been able to tap into their talent in cuisine and culinary arts.”
Students can use their meal plans at the residential dining halls and six take-out locations, but CDS also offers four convenience stores, two food courts and a couple of coffee shop cafes where students can use a student ID charge service.
“That’s something that offers a lot of flexibility and variety that not all college students around the country get to take advantage of,” Lough said.