CANTON — One facet of college life that is often overlooked when choosing a school is the food students are served on campus, so St. Lawrence University is proud of a food magazine’s ranking putting them among the best in the country.
The Daily Meal – a New York City-based food magazine that covers restaurants, food trends, healthy dining and cooking – considered more than 2,000 American colleges and narrowed its final list down to just 75 schools, and SLU is among the Best Colleges for Food in America.
“Our mission is to provide high-quality food and service in a safe, friendly, comfortable environment,” said Cynthia Atkins, director of Dining and Conference Services at St. Lawrence. “It is good to know that the students feel that we are doing that.”
The Canton college is one of only six schools in New York state picked to be on the list.
Several factors were considered in The Daily Meal’s ranking, including healthy food, sustainability, accessibility and service, and nutrition education. There’s also the "X-factor,” which looks for the fun side of the food scene on campus.
The publication also looked at specific efforts each college was making toward improving taste, nutrition, and community and deciding what was really exceptional.
This fall, Dining Services will begin operating a café in the university's new residence hall, which opens to students later this month. The café will serve simple breakfast and lunch items from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. Dining Services is also expanding its gluten-free meal options and will serve several new varieties of coffee at Northstar Café, Dana Dining Center and the new residence hall café.
“Thelmo (Thelomathesian Society) and Dining Services hosted a coffee tasting last spring semester,” said Dining Services Manager Killy Bobela. “From that, we chose a variety of blends based on the survey results.”
The publication highlighted St. Lawrence’s “Recipes from Home program,” which has been in place since 1987. The program encourages students to share their family recipes to be served in the dining halls. Themed events – like the Canadian Thanksgiving feast – are also popular with students.
The magazine article can be seen online at http://www.thedailymeal.com/75-best-colleges-food-america-2014.