St. Lawrence Among Best Colleges for Food

With the start of the fall semester just days away, St. Lawrence University’s Dining Services deserves a big pat on the back as it prepares to open a new café, expand its gluten-free meal options and earns national recognition for the third straight year.

The Daily Meal – a New York City-based food magazine that covers restaurants, food trends, healthy dining and cooking – has once again ranked St. Lawrence as one of the Best Colleges for Food in America.

The publication considered more than 2,000 American colleges and narrowed its final list down to just 75 schools. The Daily Meal looked at specific efforts each college was making toward improving taste, nutrition, and community and deciding what was really exceptional.

“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. “It is good to know that the students feel that we are doing that.”

This fall, Dining Services plans to open its new residence hall café, which 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 and Dining Services had 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.”

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 highlighted St. Lawrence’s “Recipes from Home program,” which has been in place since 1987. The program encourages students to share family recipes to be served in the dining halls, and themed events – like the Canadian Thanksgiving feast – are popular with students.

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