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May 20, 1999

Middlebury College Dining Wins Prestigious 1999 Ivy Award for Excellence in Foodservice

No Other Liberal Arts Colleges or Universities in the Nation Awarded This Year

Middlebury College has received Restaurants and Institutions (R&I) magazine's Ivy Award for the outstanding performance of its dining services. The award is one of the longest-standing honors in the foodservice industry, and is only presented to operations that meet the highest standards of quality in food, hospitality, and service.

Meritorious eating establishments across the country are nominated for the Ivy in two categories: the restaurant category and the institutional category. Middlebury College, the only 1999 nominee from the entire state of Vermont, falls into the latter category, which includes colleges, universities, and hospitals. Middlebury is the only liberal arts college or university in the entire country to receive the 1999 award.

According to R&I, the highest standard of professional operation in foodservice can only be accurately assessed by those actually in the business. The magazine established the Ivy Award 29 years ago to give professionals in the industry the opportunity to do just that, and thereby honor their peers. Nominated each year by previous Ivy recipients, award winners are selected by the 162,000 readers of R&I. The award winners are then inducted into the Ivy Society at a formal, invitation-only annual dinner.

Director of Middlebury Dining Services Peter Napolitano is extremely proud of this achievement. "What makes this award outstanding is that it's a team award. It's the result of a dedicated staff focusing on the details of customer service and providing the highest quality food in surroundings that are clean, comfortable, and convenient. Our goal has been to provide our customers with world class food and service. Winning the Ivy award validates our commitment to that goal."

Other nominees this year included Stanford University of California, Massachusetts General Hospital of Boston, and the University of California at Los Angeles. Joining Middlebury as award-winning inductees are Gramercy Tavern and the Four Seasons Hotel in New York, Topolobampo in Chicago, City Tavern in Philadelphia, and Wine Spectator/CIA at Greystone, St.Helena, Calif. The induction banquet will be held at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Chicago on Sunday, May 23.