Bama Dining Earns Distinguished National Dining Award

Tuscaloosa, AL – The National Association of College & University Food Services (NACUFS) announced Bama Dining as the recipient of a NACUFS 2023 Loyal E. Horton Dining Award. Bama Dining received a Bronze level award in the category of residential dining concept category.

Named for a NACUFS founder, past president and highly regarded innovator, the dining awards celebrate exemplary menus, presentations, special event planning, and new dining concepts, while providing an avenue for sharing ideas and creative presentations in collegiate dining.

“We are thrilled to have won the bronze award in the NACUFS 2023 Residential Dining Concepts category.  This recognition is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our team at Bama Dining, who are constantly innovating and striving to provide the best possible experience for our customers.  We are proud to be part of the University of Alabama community and are committed to continuing to provide exceptional dining experiences that meet the needs and preferences of our diverse customer base.” said Robin Wells Bama Dining Marketing Manager.

NACUFS member institutions across North America submitted entries in six categories, including residential dining concepts, residential dining facility, residential dining—special event, retail sales—single concept/multiple concepts/marketplace, catering—special event, and catering—online menu.

NACUFS Chief Executive Officer Robert Nelson noted the exemplary quality of award submissions this year, saying:

“In honoring recipients of the NACUFS 2023 Loyal E. Horton Dining Awards, we acknowledge the tireless efforts and unwavering dedication of the exceptional individuals and teams who elevate the standard of campus dining across North America. Their innovative approaches and unparalleled passion for culinary excellence demonstrate the unequivocal value of campus dining, along with the community, health and well-being it fosters among college students. We proudly congratulate our winners on their outstanding achievements.”

The National Association of College & University Food Services (NACUFS) was founded in 1958 by a group of college and university foodservice professionals from across the United States. Since its inception, NACUFS has focused on its mission to support and promote excellence in collegiate dining by providing members with the programs and resources they need to excel, from benchmarking and best practices to educational programming and professional networking. 

NACUFS institutional members range from private colleges to large public universities, including two-year and four-year institutions, spanning the United States, Canada, United Kingdom and beyond. Industry members include food and equipment manufacturers, distributors, brokers, foodservice support companies, councils, boards, trade associations, advisory commissions and other professional groups. For more information, visit

About Bama Dining at the University of Alabama:  Bama Dining at the University of Alabama provides a diverse and innovative dining experience that meets the needs and preferences of the campus community.  With a commitment to sustainability, health, and community partnerships, Bama Dining offers a wide range of dining options and services, including catering, meal plans, and unique dining experiences.  For more information about Bama Dining, follow us on social media at @BamaDining.