UM Dining Receives National Award for ‘Star Wars’ Event

May 26, 2016

MISSOULA – UM Dining at the University of Montana recently was recognized with the bronze award in a National Association of College and University Food Services competition.

UM Dining received the bronze for a residential dining special event in the large-size university category.

On Dec. 5, staff at the Food Zoo dining center paid homage to the “Star Wars” movies with the award-winning Star Wars Omelet Bar. The event featured a “Star Wars” inspired menu, elaborate settings, staff members dressed as characters from the movies, karaoke and games. UM Dining’s marketing team created the requisite book-style submission that garnered the recognition.

UM Dining also was awarded the gold and silver awards in the single-retail category for The Iron Griz Bistro and the Galloping Griz food truck.

The annual NACUFS Loyal E. Horton Dining Awards are named in honor of a past organization president and recognized innovator in college and university culinary arts. The awards celebrate exemplary menus, presentations, special event planning and new concepts in campus dining services.

For more information about the award and to see a complete list of winners, visit


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