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Liberty to host university food service conference next year

Liberty University was recently named the host site of the 2016 National Association for College and University Food Service (NACUFS) Mid-Atlantic Region Conference.

During this year’s conference, hosted by Gettysburg College in Gettysburg, Pa., a video highlighting dining and culture across Liberty’s campus and the surrounding community was presented to approximately 150 university food service professionals. The video (on right) was produced by Liberty’s Marketing Department.

“I received many great comments after the video was shown,” said Louis Cambeletta, director of food service operations. “They had no idea how much our campus and city had to offer, and we are excited for them to experience it firsthand next year.”

The annual conference begins with a culinary challenge, where chefs from various schools come together and compete by cooking their own recipes in front of both conference attendees and judges. The event continues with breakout sessions on a variety of topics as well as 100 vendors showcasing their new products.

“Our Reber Thomas Dining Hall at Liberty is unlike anything in the university-dining segment,” Cambeletta said. “What makes it so unique is that each station prepares its food right in front of the students so that they can see all of the fresh ingredients being prepared right before their eyes.”

Liberty Dining has regularly been recognized nationally for its efforts to provide a top-notch dining atmosphere on campus. In 2012, Liberty ranked in the top 20 for “Best Cafeteria Variety” by CollegeProwler.com, an online college database that uses student input to rank nearly 7,000 schools nationwide. In 2013, Liberty was ranked as the third healthiest college in the United States, and Food Management magazine also awarded Sodexo with the Best Wellness Concept award for its Simple Servings station at the dining hall.

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