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February 12, 1999

Middlebury College Dining Services Nominated for Restaurants and Institutions Magazine's Ivy Award

College is the Only 1999 Vermont Nominee

Middlebury College dining services has been nominated to receive Restaurants and Institutions (R&I) magazine's Ivy Award, which honors foodservice establishments for excellence.

Each year, past winners of the award nominate eating establishments across the country for two categories--the restaurant category and the institutional category. The latter includes colleges, universities, and hospitals. Magazine readers will vote on the winners using a ballot printed in R&I, which will announce winners from each category sometime during the first two weeks of March.

The College is the only 1999 Vermont nominee.

Peter Napolitano, director of dining services at the College, said, "I feel very proud and honored that Middlebury has been nominated for this award. It's a reflection of all the work dining services has done over the past one and a half years."

According to R&I, the 28-year-old award is unique to the industry because only former recipients can make nominations. The 1999 nominees range from such New York City restaurants as Smith & Wollensky and The Four Seasons in the restaurant category to Massachusetts General Hospital of Boston and Stanford University of California in the institutional category. Other university nominees are Michigan State University/Kellogg Center, University of California at Los Angeles, and University of Missouri.