A Mediterranean cruise in March is always a rare treat; this year at Alfred State College, it was an award-winning event as well. The Dining Services team at Alfred State College has won a Gold Award from the National Association of College and University Food Services (NACUFS) for a special event it hosted at the college in March. The Dining Services team is part of Auxiliary Campus Enterprises and Services Inc. (ACES ), the not-for-profit corporation that provides dining services on campus.
“We are thrilled with this win,” said Karen Canne, director of Dining Services. “Every part of our team contributed to a memorable evening for our students.”
The cruise theme for the event was designed to help ASC highlight the college’s study abroad program at Sant'Anna Institute  (formerly Sorrento Lingue Institute) in Sorrento, Italy -- a semester study program that Dr. Stephen Havlovic , ASC vice president for Academic Affairs, has called “the best-kept secret at Alfred.”
The event kick-off was an Internet teleconference hosted by Alfred State President Dr. John Anderson and Cristiana Panicco, director of Sant'Anna Institute.
“ACES was determined to help promote the program and help the students who were abroad for the semester reconnect with the campus and their friends at home,” Canne explained. “But the food was really the highlight.”
Students used their regular meal plan to enjoy bruschetta, lobster ravioli, paella, an olive and cheese bar, and Spanish pork tenderloin, among other delicacies. Students from the Alfred State culinary arts programs offered a special table-side presentation of Bananas Foster.
With the help of students and the staff of ACES, The Terrace was transformed into a cruise ship with a gangway, outdoor café seating (complete with a hand-made lemon tree), a vineyard, and floor-to-ceiling painted windows depicting a shoreline and ocean views.
This year’s win marks the seventh time that ACES has won an award from NACUFS after a 10-year hiatus from competition as the company focused on two building construction projects that changed the face of dining at Alfred.
The 2011 Loyal E. Horton Dining Awards are presented annually to the best dining services organizations in the country. This year, the judges pored over more than 150 creative entries at the NACUFS office to choose which ones would take gold, silver, bronze, and honorable mention awards. Alfred State took the Gold Award in the small school category. All gold winners are eligible for the grand prize which will be announced at the Loyal E. Horton Dining Awards Luncheon at the national conference on Saturday, July 16, in Grapevine, TX.
Auxiliary Campus Enterprises & Services (ACES) is a not-for-profit corporation that supports the mission of Alfred State College. ACES is located on campus and provides dining services, campus bookstore, transportation, vending, and laundry services to our customers.