The Princeton Review names MenuTrinfo® clients: U Mass-Amherst, Cornell, Vanderbilt, and more in the Top 25 Best Campus Food List with Great Tasting Food and Allergy Awareness
by: Kate Corre
The Princeton Review recently released their “The Best 388 Colleges: 2023 Edition.” Over 160,000 higher education students were surveyed. These students had a lot to say about the good, the bad, and everything in-between at their schools. The main topics covered in this survey were Academics/Administration, Quality of Life, Politics, Campus Life, Town Life, Extracurriculars and Social Scene.
College is a time in life where one gets the opportunity to explore the world in a completely new way and is exposed to new experiences. New experiences mean new cuisine! Higher education establishments are always looking for ways to boost their students’ quality of life and one way is through the food they serve. The “Best Campus Food” list is a display of the 25 top rated higher education locations that serve the best food. These locations have made it a priority to provide their students with great tasting options as well as unique and inviting experiences too.
While most students get to enjoy exploring new dining halls without a care, others often avoid this experience because it could mean serious physical pain or even life or death if a food service team is not properly trained or facility is not properly maintained. Students with food allergies, celiac and even food sensitivities must always be on high alert, especially when they’re in completely new surroundings and on their own for the first time. At times they can even feel powerless and excluded due to the lack of safe choices provided to them.
At MenuTrinfo, we love seeing universities go above and beyond when it comes to accommodating students with special dietary needs. Empowering ALL students with safe and great tasting choices is the best way to demonstrate inclusion and promote diversity. We were happy to see that of the 25 higher education locations with the best food, almost 2/3 of them have also shown a commitment to providing those same experiences safely to their students with food allergies, celiac and food sensitivities.
15 higher education locations on this list have utilized AllerTrain® by MenuTrinfo to empower their team with allergy and gluten-free training. Five of those locations have earned an AllerCheck™ Certificate showing their commitment to having their facility and procedures focus on the best allergen and gluten free best practices. And finally, two locations have been Certified Free From™ specific allergens in certain facilities on campus, which entailed a highly rigorous document review and onsite audit along with regular allergen testing.
See below for a complete list of MenuTrinfo clients who made the Princeton Review’s Best Campus Food List for 2023. We are so honored to be working with these universities on this list that went the extra mile beyond providing great food and kept inclusion of their students top of mind. The locations that made an investment in their students’ safety by training their team with AllerTrain and even certifying certain facilities to ensure ALL their students have the best quality of life as possible while they are on campus.
Thank you for ensuring your students are safe and can truly enjoy these new experiences with a little less stress and anxiety in their hearts.
A special congratulations to these MenuTrinfo clients who made the Princeton Review’s Best Campus Food List for 2023:
#1 University of Massachusetts – Amherst (MA) – AllerTrained and has multiple Certified AllerTrainers on site.
#4 Cornell University (NY) – AllerTrained, has AllerTrain eLearning on site and has a Certified Free From facility.
#6 Vanderbilt University (TN) – AllerTrained, has multiple Certified AllerTrainers and has a Certified Free From facility.
#7 Skidmore College (NY) – AllerTrained and has a Certified AllerTrainer on site.
#9 University of Richmond (VA) – AllerTrained and has multiple Certified AllerTrainers on site.
#10 University of Dayton (OH) – AllerTrained
#11 Virginia Tech (VA) – AllerTrained
#12 Scripps College (CA) – AllerTrained
#14 Bryn Mawr College (PA) – AllerTrained and has a Certified AllerTrainer on site.
#16 Wheaton College (IL) – AllerTrained, has a Certified AllerTrainer on site and has an AllerChecked facility.
#17 High point University (NC) – AllerTrained, has multiple Certified AllerTrainers on site and has an AllerChecked facility.
#20 James Madison University (VA) – AllerTrained, has a Certified AllerTrainer on site and has an AllerChecked facility.
#21 University of Notre Dame (IN) – AllerTrained, has a Certified AllerTrainer on site.
#22 Columbia University (NY) – AllerTrained and has an AllerChecked facility.
#25 The University of Scranton (PA) – AllerTrained and has an AllerChecked facility.
About the Author:
Hello! My name is Kate Corre and I am the Manager of Training at MenuTrinfo. I am originally from Colorado, lived in Texas then Arizona and made my way back home to Colorado. Living in all of these places was wonderful experience for my foodie soul.
Throughout all of my travels I have had to navigate a severe allergy and an additional food sensitivity. Determining where and what I can safely eat can be a challenge to say the least. At times that has made me feel limited. Food allergies affect people in ways that go far beyond safely eating food. But, every once and a while I have experienced the kindness of a knowledgeable chef and their team. Whether it be learning about their processes to keep me safe or them going above and beyond to make a special dish. The effort to keep me safe and ensure I had a great experience like everyone else is what mattered most.
Empowering businesses and their teams to provide safe and compassionate experiences to those with food allergies and sensitivities has become a passion of mine. Now I get to help provide life saving information and training to people around the world! How cool is that?! I get to help fellow foodies with limitations, like me, experience as much as they possibly can in a safe environment.