UM Dining Wins National Bronze Medal for ‘Beatlemania’ Event

May 21, 2015

MISSOULA – The National Association of College & University Food Services recently announced that UM Dining at the University of Montana received a bronze medal at its annual Loyal E. Horton Dining Awards.

UM Dining received the accolade in the 2015 Residential Dining Special Event category for “Beatlemania,” held in December 2014. The UM Dining staff at the Food Zoo paid homage to The Beatles in an event that featured a British-inspired menu, a dining room decorated in the style of various Beatles albums, staff members dressed as members of the band and Beatles karaoke.

UM Dining holds special dining events throughout the school year to add interesting and educational experiences to the regular dining schedule. UM Dining has earned 22 Loyal E. Horton Awards since 1995, five Loyal E. Horton Grand Prizes and awards from various industry organizations for programs, facilities, menus and sales.

In college and university culinary arts, the ultimate professional tribute is a NACUFS Loyal E. Horton Award. The award celebrates exemplary menus, presentations, special event planning and new dining concepts. It also provides an avenue for sharing creative and cutting-edge ideas in campus dining programs.

For more information call Sam Belanger, UM Dining director of marketing, at 406-243-5089 or email

Contact: Sam Belanger, UM Dining director of marketing, 406-243-5089,