UM Dining Claims Three National Awards

September 11, 2019

MISSOULA – A national college food services organization has presented three prestigious awards to the University of Montana.

Trail Bundy, UM Dining marketing and communications manager, accepts three national food service awards on behalf of UM.The National Association of College and University Food Services (NACUFS) announced UM as a recipient of multiple NACUFS 2019 Loyal E. Horton Dining Awards. UM Dining submitted entries and received three significant collegiate dining awards in the medium-sized schools bracket:

  • A Gold Award in the Retail Sales–Single Concept category for UM Dining’s self-branded burger concept, Big Sky Burgers n’ Fries
  • A Silver Award in the Catering–Special Event category for the UM Chefs Garden Dinner Series held in the South Avenue Garden near the UM Golf Course
  • A Bronze Award in the Residential Dining–Special Event category for “The Meal,” UM’s festive welcome event for incoming freshmen and their families.

Named for a NACUFS founder and highly regarded innovator in the collegiate dining industry, the Loyal E. Horton Awards celebrate exemplary menus, presentations, special event planning and new dining concepts. 

Seventy-seven colleges and universities across North America submitted entries in six categories.  

A team of six judges and committee chair examined each entry carefully and selected top candidates in each category for small, medium and large schools.

UM Dining won a national award for their special event "The Meal" during UM's Griz Welcome event this fall.Contest entries were displayed at the NACUFS 2019 National Conference in Denver, Colorado, and award winners were publicly recognized at a luncheon on July 13, culminating with the announcement of the grand prize winners.

While garnering national recognition for excellence and innovation in campus foodservice is wonderful in and of itself, it’s certainly not new for the department, said UM Dining Director Camp Howard.

“It’s great to be recognized for the team’s ideas and the hard work that goes into these events, and to bring attention to how great UM is,” he said. “But the reason we do these things boils down to taking care of our students and making sure they have the best possible experience during their years on campus.”


Contact: Trail Bundy, marketing and communications manager, UM Dining, 406-243-5089,