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West 82 inside

West 82 received a fresh new look this summer

Photo courtesy of: Culinary Services

West 82 outside view

The outside of West 82 also has a new look this year

Photo courtesy of: Culinary Services

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University recognized as one of the nation’s 'Best Colleges for Food'

The Daily Meal has named Ohio University to their annual list highlighting the best colleges for food. Coming in at #80 on the national list, OHIO was given high marks for its sustainability efforts, nutrition and renovation efforts.

Culinary Services is the driving force behind OHIO’s on-campus dining and has been working to further enhance the student and customer.

“While we are grateful for being recognized as one of the best in the nation, we continue to find new ways to satisfy our customers,” said Rich Neumann, director of OHIO Culinary Services. “Many students already recognize how good the food is here, now the secret is out to the rest of the nation.”


West 82 Food Court

Sustainability, nutrition and renovation were three topics mentioned by The Daily Meal, and Culinary Services was busy improving on all three this past summer with the most visible being the facelift of Baker University Center’s West 82 Food Court.

While many of the recipes and dishes remain the same, the interior received a fresh new look, equipment improvements were made and the customer flow has been improved. Digital menus now hang from the ceiling and are much easier for all customers to read.

Electronic Nutrition Info Kiosks

Speaking of digital, Culinary Services also made several improvements to its electronic communications by installing information kiosks at Nelson Court, Shively Court, and The District on West Green. Powered by Culinary’s mobile app, customers can now access menus and nutrition information in real time. Hours, locations and e-comment forms may also be utilized.

Another digital project to note is the redesign of Ohio University Catering’s website. The new site is easier to navigate and provides customers with helpful information when planning their next event.

Traditional 14 and 20 Meal Plans upgraded

Building and websites aren’t the only upgrades made this year. Traditional 14 and 20 Meal Plan holders have been provided additional Guest Meals at no additional charge. Each semester, customers with the Traditional 14 receive 7 guest swipes, and Traditional 20 received 10.

This decision was a direct result of the Culinary Services Development Committee members speaking with Student Senate members. Ultimately, Culinary Services management agreed this would be a great addition to the meal plan program and are grateful for the collaboration and dialogue with the student groups.