May 2013, Geneseo, NY – Campus Auxiliary Services (CAS) won two awards in the 2013 Loyal E. Horton Dining Awards, a national competition through the National Association of College and University Food Services (NACUFS). The awards celebrate exemplary menus, presentation, special event planning and new dining concepts in campus dining services.
Fusion Market won a Silver Award in the “Retail Sales – Multiple Concepts/Marketplace” category. This newly renovated multi-concept restaurant located in the College Union features fast, fresh and authentic street foods from around the world. The restaurant features an open kitchen, eliminating the mystery of what happens behind closed doors. Sauces and meal components are house-made and are either cooked entirely or finished in front of the customer, allowing for ultimate customization. One of the goals of Fusion Market is to serve as an extension of the classroom and provide learning opportunities whenever possible. As much as members of the campus community have been exposed to other cultures, some are very sheltered. Fusion Market serves to expose them to different cultures and broaden their horizons.
Red Jacket Dining Hall won a Bronze Award for Zombie Night in the category “Residential Dining – Special Event.” The dining team partnered with the Geneseo Area Gaming Group (GAGG), the student organization responsible for bringing the popular Humans vs. Zombies game to the Geneseo campus.
The goal of Zombie Night was to provide a fun and interactive dining experience for customers on campus. Every aspect of the evening captured the zombie spirit, from the chained and roaming zombies to the blood stained table coverings and misplaced limbs, to the sound of screaming and moaning zombies playing over the sound system in the darkened fog filled room. The night also featured an Offal Station where students could try liver, thymus gland, stomach and tongue. This station challenged students to try something new and educated them about foods that seem odd in our culture but are delicacies in others.
The recent awards are not the first for CAS. The company has won several Loyal E. Horton Dining Awards in past years for special events and restaurant concepts as well as multiple American Culinary Federation medals for culinary competitions and the Campbell’s Silver Spoon Award.