Starting with a list of around 2,000 colleges, The Daily Meal has released results of a three-month review process to determine which schools have the best food. UC Davis ranked 42nd on the list of 75 winners.
The Daily Meal chose its winners by looking at the following criteria: nutrition and sustainability — food is tasty and healthy for the students and the environment; accessibility and service — accommodates a variety of diets and meal times; education and events — teaches nutrition and holds food-centered happenings; surrounding area — are there good eats within five miles of the campus?; and the “X-Factor” — described as “little extras that made our jaws drop and set colleges ahead of the pack.”
“It seems that students across the country are becoming more mature in their tastes and demanding in what they expect of their college dining experience. Students want their food to taste great, to be fun, and to be sustainable, and colleges are responding,” said Sidney Harrison of The Daily Meal.
UCD’s particular strong points are mentioned in The Daily Meal’s write-up:
“If there’s anything wrong with UC Davis’ dining program, then we couldn’t find it. To start off, dining hall fare includes dishes like falafel lentil cakes, mandarin chicken salad, and white chocolate raspberry scones. But if you don’t like those options, you could participate in ‘Take a Taste,’ an event that lets students sample and critique certain dishes, or you could download the mobile dining app, which students can use to communicate directly with dining services. Theme nights at UCD include a Harry Potter dinner, a fondue night and a sushi night. And sustainability is very important to UCD. The Field-to-Table program teaches students and the community about healthy living, both with the environment and with our bodies.”
Other California schools that ranked among the top 75 best college cuisine are: Occidental College (8); UCLA (13); Mills College (14); UC San Diego (19); Pitzer College (27); UC Berkeley (28); University of San Diego (30); Harvey Mudd College (46); UC Santa Barbara (53); Stanford University (56); Chico State (65); California Baptist University (70); and UC Irvine (71).
For the complete story, visit www.thedailymeal.com/75-best-colleges-food-america-2014.
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