'Chicken Parm Guy' to fulfill dreams of serving dish on April 21

Senior Michael Hanson has served as Phi Sigma Kappa's Chicken Parm Chair this year. On April 21, his executive position will culminate with a day behind the counter, serving chicken parmesan to the Hokie community.

Dining Services and Sigma Alpha Epsilon break donation records for Flex Out Hunger

Nearly 800 students donated some or all of the remaining balance of their dining plans to raise $24,164.75 for Montgomery County Emergency Assistance.

Dining Services garners sustainability recognition for outreach and education

Partnerships between the Department of Horticulture and Dining Services have made Virginia Tech a front-runner in collegiate sustainability. 

Islamic dining traditions honored at Virginia Tech

An increase in requests for Halal dining options challenged the Dining Services culinary team, along with the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences to prepare chicken and lamb for students of the Islamic faith.  

Grant brings Campus Kitchen to Virginia Tech

The Campus Kitchen will help expand university efforts to take excess food headed to the trash and redistribute it to hunger relief organizations. It will be fully run by student volunteers.

Virginia Tech offers culinary camps for kids

Registration for each camp is capped at 10 kids and participants must register by April 15. Each camp costs $395 per person, which includes meals, a chef coat, and a chef hat.

Compostable to-go containers eliminate 'elephant in the room'

This semester, Virginia Tech Dining Services transitioned away from foam to-go containers by offering four sizes of compostable to-go containers.

Learn the secrets of Virginia Tech's award-winning chefs

Registration for the March 9-11 Culinary Camp for Adults ends today. Youth camps are available this summer to improve on cooking skills with Virginia Tech chefs.

Dining Services greets students with Welcome Back Favorites

The spring semester is full of special events hosted at D2 at Dietrick Hall, including Welcome Back Favorites, Home Sweet Home, and many more delicious dinners and desserts to show Dining Services' appreciation for students.

Virginia Tech Dining Services earns another top ranking

Virginia Tech's Dining Services was recently ranked number one by Niche for "Best Campus Food," which considered both quality of food and cost of meal plans.


West End Market boasts gingerbread house modeled after local historic inn

Dining Services staff members created a gingerbread house modeled after Yellow Sulphur Springs, the historic inn located in the New River Valley. The creation weighs close to 400 pounds and will be on display in West End Market through Dec. 19.

Thanksgiving feast is a favorite for students and staff

On Wednesday, Nov. 19, Dining Services will serve the annual Thanksgiving feast in four dining halls.

Career Services’ etiquette dinner prepares students for job interviews

In today's highly competitive job market, students are learning that to land that first professional job, it will take more than a well-crafted resume and strong interview skills. It also requires impeccable table manners.

Chef Premiere event is a tribute to Virginia’s harvest

Part of Fall Family Weekend, the Chef Premiere event will be held on Saturday, Oct. 4, and will showcase a menu created mostly from local food sources.

VT dining program reclaims top spot in Princeton Review

Roanoke Times
August 4, 2014

Virginia Tech has taken another bite out of the annual Princeton Review ranking of best college food, and is getting national attention for it. Tech rose to first this year from fourth last year in the “best food” subcategory of Princeton Review’s “Best 379 Colleges: 2015 Edition” rankings, and was recognized on NBC’s Today Show on Tuesday.

Dining Services serves more than just award-winning meals

It’s not just the meals that bring about special recognition. Dining Services works with local charities, practices sustainability in all nine dining centers on campus, and hosts many special event and theme dinners every semester.

Dining Services awarded 2014 Governor’s Environmental Excellence bronze rating

The Farms and Fields Project in Owen Food Court is the gold standard for sustainable dining at Virginia Tech. This shop offers sustainable, organic, and local options throughout the school year.

New Dining Services website helps students recycle responsibly

Virginia Tech Dining Services has developed a new website to make recycling an easier process for students. Introduced this semester in Turner Place at Lavery Hall, Sit & Sort educates diners on waste systems and how different items should be properly disposed of.


Fitness programs and healthy dining make Virginia Tech the fittest campus in America

The recently published rankings are based on fitness, health, and wellness factors, including athletic facilities, team sports participation, campus dining, and overall quality of student life. "Honestly, what fit list isn’t Virginia Tech on?” the article asked.

Dining Services serves up gluten-free southern hospitality

Leave it to Virginia Tech's award-winning Dining Services to figure out how to extend traditional southern hospitality to those with food-sensitivities.The new gluten-free line, located in D2 dining center, has been in development since last spring.

Turner Place at Lavery Hall wins best new facility award; Dining Services named innovator of the year

Turner Place at Lavery Hall is the winner in the Best New Facility category of Food Management magazine’s 2013 Best Concept Awards competition. The awards recognize exceptional achievement and innovation in key areas of noncommercial foodservice.

Tech’s Turner Place earns honor

Roanoke Times
July 27, 2013

Virginia Tech’s newest dining hall has won more national accolades for the university’s dining program. Tech’s Turner Place at Lavery Hall took the gold medal in its size category for concept and design in retail dining in the 2013 Loyal E. Horton Dining Awards.

Turner Place at Lavery Hall lauded as country's best new dining facility

Virginia Tech's acclaimed Dining Services has once again earned top honors. Judging criteria for the award included services, facility design, menu, marketing, nutrition, wellness, customer satisfaction, and sustainability. 

Website ranks VT No 1. College for Dining

Roanoke Times
June 21, 2013

Virginia Tech tops the Daily Meal website's list of 52 colleges and universities across the country for its food.

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Dining Services increases sustainability efforts

In 2012, dining collected and diverted more than 548 tons of compostable waste from the regional landfill -- that’s more than 1 million pounds of material composted in just one year.

Sixth Virginia Tech facility receives LEED certification

Roanoke Times
May 3, 2013

Another Virginia Tech building has been awarded a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Silver certification. Lavery Hall is the sixth building on Virginia Tech’s campus to earn a LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. The building is home to a dining center, classrooms and offices.

Restaurant review: Origami @ Virginia Tech

Roanoke Times
March 28, 2013

Origami, located in the new Turner Place dining center at Virginia Tech, aims to provide a traditional Japanese steakhouse experience.

Dining Services cooks up a great camp experience

The inaugural Virginia Tech Culinary Camp is a five-day, four-night on-campus immersion experience offering a taste of the chef life to 30 middle-school-aged students, held from Tuesday, June 25 until Saturday, June 29.

Chefs showcase Virginia Tech dining excellence

Two of Dining Services' executive chefs will travel to the University of Massachusetts Amherst to showcase Virginia Tech's award-winning cuisine. Randall Van Dyke and John Scherer will represent Virginia Tech with recipes selected from the menu rotation of D2 at Dietrick Hall. This is the fourth year Virginia Tech has participated in UMass Amherst's Princeton Review Best Campus Food Guest Chef Event.

Turner Place employee Ben Norris wins gold

Turner Place employee Ben Norris wins gold at 2013 Special Olympics World Games in PyeongChang, South Korea. Norris placed seventh in the Alpine Intermediate Slalom event.

Ben Norris Goes for Gold
VT News
February 5, 2013 

Blacksburg athlete [Ben Norris] grabs gold at Special Olympics
Roanoke Times
February 23, 2013

Virginia Tech serving local milk on campus

Roanoke Times
February 2, 2013

Hokie cows and Hokie milk! They aren't bred to be maroon and orange. In fact, they are mostly black-and-white Holsteins, with a few brown Jerseys mixed in, and they roam the campus fields along U.S. 460 and Southgate Drive. Now through a partnership with the Virginia Department of Corrections, some of that milk can now be served to Tech students at Dietrick Hall's D2 food court.

D2 at Dietrick Hall to serve milk harvested on campus

Virginia Tech Dining Services has partnered with the Department of Dairy Science to offer "Virginia Tech Milk" in D2 at Dietrick Hall. Students will harvest the milk on campus from the herd of dairy cows at Virginia Tech's Dairy Center.


Turner Place at Lavery Hall Contributes to High Customer Numbers

Food Management
September 12, 2012 

According to Virginia Tech, Turner Place is pulling in an average of 9,500 customers a day with several days breaking the 10,000 mark. Dining Services Director Ted Faulkner says that, “We were anticipating between eight and ten thousand [customers] a day, so that’s in line with those expectations.” This year also so a rise in meal plan purchases by 570, bringing the total to 19,000.

Influx of Dining Staff a Welcome Challenge

The Collegiate Times
September 11, 2012 

The addition of Turner Place at Lavery Hall to Dining Services list of dining centers added over 400 new jobs. This coupled with regular, yearly hiring, led to some 600 new student workers and 800 new workers overall. Turner Place assistant director John Barrett attributes student staff and management with a lot of the hiring success

Turner Place Opens to Long Lines and Hungry Students

Collegiate Times
August 27, 2012 

Turner Place at Lavery Hall opened to lines “that looked like they would be at home in an amusement park.” One student told the Collegiate Times that he woke up at 6:45 just to beat those lines. The inclusion of chain restaurants, Qdoba and Bruegger's Bagels had many students excited, including roommates, Erica Scott and Andrea Ton who “wanted to see all the hype.

“Turner Place starts off on the cutting edge”

Collegiate Times
August 26, 2012

It took seven years of planning to plan and create Virginia Tech’s latest dining center, Turner Place at Lavery Hall. From lobbying to change Virginia’s health code to allow for the making of on-site gelato making, incorporating principles of community into every facet of the design, to the creation of self-branded venues and their recipes, Turner Place hit the ground sprinting.

Dining Services makes strides toward sustainability

At a university committed to sustainability, Dining Services plays one of the largest roles in the efforts.

Princeton Review Ranks Virginia Tech High

August 20, 2012 
The Washington Post 

The Washington Post reports on Princeton Review's 2013 list of the best colleges in the country. Virginia Tech takes highlighted honors in four categories: Best Campus Food, Their Students Love These Colleges, Town-Gown Relations are Great and Best Quality of Life

Turner Place at Lavery Hall Sure to Great Bring Fellowship and Food to Campus 

July 18, 2012 
The Roanoke Times 

The Roanoke Times reports on the addition of Turner Place to Virginia Tech's list of award-studded Dining Services dining centers. The main aim of Turner Place is to supply the campus and community with quality food, but also with camaraderie and "life changing interactions.

Turner Place at Lavery Hall to offer campus dining experience designed by students

The new dining center will open in August and will feature Japanese steakhouse fare and fresh sushi, southern dishes, authentic gelato, the first Jamba Juice in Virginia, and more among its eight venues.


Ted Faulkner named director of Dining Services

Faulkner, who has been with the university since 1998, was appointed senior associate director of Dining Services earlier this year.

Virginia Tech Dining Services Garden expected to produce 40,000 pounds of crops

Roanoke Times
October 27, 2011

Virginia Tech's Dining Services Garden at Kentland Farm is expected to produce 40,000 pounds of organically grown crops for the university's dining venues for 2011, up from 23,000 pounds in 2010. The garden has grown from an herb plot to 2 acres and to its current size of 3 acres. It is an exercise in sustainable farming and uses only natural, petroleum-free methods.

Student-run Dining Services garden expects 40,000-pound yield in 2011

The garden relies on local, organic, and sustainable practices to bring produce to dining program venues across campus.

Virginia Tech Dining Services announces staff changes

Roanoke Times
September 20, 2011

Dining Services recently made several organizational changes to accommodate the expansion of Virginia Tech’s dining program and provide better service to students. John Barrett, formerly assistant director of Dining Services’ Personal Touch Catering, has been named assistant director for the new Turner Place dining center, a 36,000-square-foot facility opening fall 2012.

Virginia Tech Dining Services announces staff changes

The changes will accommodate the expansion of Virginia Tech's dining program and provide better service to students. 

Virginia Tech Dining Services Receives National Accolades 

August 3, 2011 
The Roanoke Times 

Virginia Tech received the Loyal E. Horton award and a gold medal in the residential dining special event category for an Alice in Wonderland-themed dinner. Virginia Tech also received an honorable mention for the Virginia Harvest Festival Celebration dinner, featuring an appearance from their Common Book's author, Barbara Kingsolver

Virginia Tech Dining Services honored for special events

Roanoke Times
July 29, 2011

Virginia Tech's Dining Services was recently awarded a grand prize Loyal E. Horton award and a gold medal in the Residential Dining Special Event category by the National Association of College and University Food Services for its Alice in Wonderland dinner.

Virginia Tech Dining Services receives national honors for special events

Dining Services received two gold Loyal E. Horton awards and a grand prize award for dining special events from the National Association of College and University Food Services.

Virginia Tech dining services works to bring local products to campus

Roanoke Times
June 24, 2011

Virginia Tech's Dining Services is partnering with the university's Meat Science Center to bring local products to campus dining centers.

Sigma Alpha Epsilon partners with Virginia Tech Dining Services to raise money for families in need

The brothers of the Virginia Tech chapter of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity raised $14,879 for the Montgomery County Emergency Assistance Program through the annual Flex Out Hunger program, an increase of 48 percent from last year.

Virginia Tech announces new leadership for Dining Services, Career Services

To accommodate the growth of the award-winning dining program, Dining Services has transitioned into its own departmental unit.

Virginia Tech cuts waste with Dining Services’ composting program

Roanoke Times
April 12, 2011

Virginia Tech generates a significant amount of food scrap from producing and serving tens of thousands of meals each day, totaling more than 6.1 million meals per year. Composting this waste prevents it from sitting in a landfill and producing methane, which is damaging to the atmosphere.

Dining Services' composting program works to cut waste at Virginia Tech

Virginia Tech serves more than 6.1 million meals each year. Composting food waste from the dining centers saved more than 300 tons of waste from landfills in 2010.

Dining Services names Elena Dulys-Nusbaum sustainability coordinator

In her position, Dulys-Nusbaum will work closely with Dining Services to find ways to further develop a sustainable dining program at the university and work with students to address concerns and seek input.

Community involvement class practices active citizenship at Dining Services Garden at Kentland Farm

Members of a community involvement class in the Department of Urban Affairs and Planning have been promoting local food while getting hands-on experience by weeding, harvesting, and learning about the local food system.

Virginia Tech Dining Services' new state-of-the-art dining venue to offer innovation, convenience

Turner Place at Lavery Hall will be located on the academic side of campus, offering a convenient location for faculty, staff, and student commuters.

Director of Housing and Dining Services Rick Johnson takes new role at Duke University

Rick Johnson has served Virginia Tech for 17 years as director of Housing and Dining Services, providing leadership to a program that serves more than 18,000 dining plan holders and 9,000 campus residents. 


Barbara Kingsolver Visits Virginia Tech, Presents, and Dines at D2

September 16, 2010 
The Roanoke Times 

The Roanoke Times reports on best-selling author Barbara Kingsolver and her co-author husband, Steven Hopp, giving a presentation at Burrus Hall to discuss 2010's Common Book, "Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life" and their meeting with local community and university members at D2 for a dinner comprised completely of locally sourced or sustainably produced food

Dining Services transitions to healthier options with whole-grain flour

Virginia Tech's Dining Services has introduced a new flour high in whole grains that makes some foods in the dining centers even more nutritious.


Housing and Dining Services names new sustainability coordinator

Virginia Tech Housing and Dining Services has named Rachael Budowle the unit's new sustainability coordinator.

Dining Services Receives Ivy Award

May 28, 2009 
The Roanoke Times 

Virginia Tech's Dining Services received the Ivy Award an award honoring the best food service and restaurants in the industry. The award is sponsored by Restaurants and Institutions magazine and retired Vice President for Student Affairs, Ed Spencer calls it the "Heisman Trophy of the food service industry.

Dining Services celebrates grand opening of Farms and Fields Project sustainable food venue

Virginia Tech Dining Services has launched a new dining venue in Owens Food Court called the Farms and Fields Project, dedicated to serving local, organic, and sustainably produced food.

Dining Services composting program aims to reduce landfill waste

Thanks to a new partnership between Virginia Tech Dining Services and Poplar Manor Enterprises LLC (PME), the Southgate Food Processing Center on campus has reduced the amount of food waste it sends to the local landfill each week by as much as 2.5 tons.

Dining Services wins prestigious Ivy Award

Virginia Tech's award-winning dining program has been recognized again. "Restaurants & Institutions" magazine recently named Student Programs' Housing and Dining Services, a department within the Division of Student Affairs, a winner of the Ivy Award, which honors the best foodservice operations and restaurants in the industry.


Andy Sarjahani named sustainability coordinator for university's dining services

Andy Sarjahani of Fayetteville, Ark., has been named sustainability coordinator for Dining Services, a department within the Division of Student Affairs at Virginia Tech.

Medieval Feast and Faire held by dining services garners national honors

Virginia Tech's Housing and Dining Services was recently awarded a 2008 Best Concept award by Food Management Magazine, a gold medal, and the grand prize Loyal E. Horton award for special event catering by the National Association of College and University Food Services for the Medieval Feast and Faire dinner.

Dining services, students work together to feed New River Valley's hungry

Jacob Moyer of Chesapeake, Va., a freshman majoring in engineering in Virginia Tech's College of Engineering, has partnered with Virginia Tech's Dining Program and Student Government Association to launch a program to donate food to the Christiansburg Salvation Army.

A Taste of West End Market at UMass

February 27, 2008 
The Roanoke Times 

Mark Bratton, executive chef for West End Market, served as one of eight guest chefs at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. The event was put together to showcase some of the top universities' food from across the country. Princeton Review chose Virginia Tech as having 2008's top rated university dining services