Food Management® magazine has awarded its top honor, “Best of Show,” to Brigham Young University and its director of dining services Dean Wright. The annual program recognizes exceptional achievement and innovation in key areas of noncommercial foodservice, as judged by the editorial staff.
The “Best of Show” award, part of the magazine’s 2009 Best Concept Awards program, honored “the premier dining program offered by BYU and the decade-long overhaul Wright and his team have achieved in transforming what was a solid, traditional campus dining program into a trendsetting operation that offers students a dynamic mix of retail and residential dining choices,” according to a release from editor-in-chief John Lawn.
The citation praised the university’s “overall excellence in a campus dining program and its retail and residential dining facilities and its trend-setting achievements in campus retail store operations, board dining options, cost management, intercept marketing and sustainability.”
Other categories in the Best Concept Awards program range from initiatives in foodservice facility design to menu innovation, wellness initiatives, special event planning and convenience retailing.
The awards will be featured in a special editorial section of the August issue of Food Management® and will be presented at the magazine’s annual IDEAS Conference Sept.15-17 in San Francisco.
Food Management® magazine, published by Penton Media, Inc., is the leading business publication for foodservice directors, managers, contract management executives and others in the noncommercial or “onsite” sector of the foodservice industry.
Its readers oversee foodservice operations in colleges and universities, business dining, healthcare, K-12 schools, museums, sports and entertainment venues.
For more information, visit food-management.com or call Dean Wright at (801) 422-4935.
Writer: John Law