NEW: Brown, Roger Williams Named Best Colleges for Food
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Conducting "an epic study" that spanned the entire summer, researchers at the popular website examined the dining programs at every four-year college in America — more than 2,000 of them, according to editors. "We looked to several sources — college dining services awards, respected college lists like the Princeton Review, news stories, and our own interviews. Our focus was not only on the actual food, but schools’ dining programs as a whole." After all the numbers were crunched, Roger Williams emerged with a #46 ranking, and Brown came in at #30. The college with the best food in America? Virginia Tech.
Summarizing some of the culinary pleasures of Brown's dining experience, Daily Meal editors described Sharpe Refectory, or the Ratty as its known by students, as "the dining hub of this Providence campus. Offering buffet-style dining, this spot is home to themed dinners several times a year, and doles out birthday cake on the last Fridays of each month."
The Daily Meal cited such tasty items as raspberry and white chocolate muffins, grilled Caribbean jerk chicken, and vegan roasted vegetable couscous. "Observant Jewish and Muslim students: Brown’s got your back. With plenty of kosher and halal dining options available, adhering to dietary laws is a no-brainer. Veggie lovers are also cared for with an exclusively vegetarian snack bar available in the evenings."
#46 Roger Williams
Daily Meal gave props to the Bristol campus' commitment to using fresh, seasonal ingredients sourced from local small farmers and to sustainable practices on the whole. Editors also liked the school’s all-you-care-to-eat dining program that offers "great eats like raisin bread French toast; smoked turkey, yellow tomato, and fontina cheese with red pepper spread paninis; and grilled eye of the round roast with peppercorn demi-glaze. Undergrads: hurry, there’s still time to transfer."
How they named the winners
To rank the schools, Daily Meal trimmed away schools with any Health Code issues or fundamental lack of decent dining. From there, they graded the rest of the group on a variety of criteria. Schools earned up to five points in each of the categories below.
Healthy Food: Meals that are fresh, made from scratch, and cooked in small batches
Events: Themed dinners, picnics, cooking classes — anything to engage undergrads
Local: Programs that support the community with local purchases
Sustainable: Incorporating eco-friendly practices into the dining program
Accessibility and Service: How easy it is for students to connect with dining services, and how well they are taken care of
The X Factor: Something that made our jaws drop
New England's other tasty campuses
Other New England colleges got props from Daily Meal.
#52 Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH
#51 University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH
#41 Bates College, Lewiston, ME
#40 Saint Anselm College, Manchester, NH
#39 Colby College, Waterville, ME
#36 College of the Atlantic, Bar Harbor, ME
#23 Boston University, Boston, MA
#21 Yale University, New Haven, CT
#20 MIT, Cambridge, MA
#12 Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
#11 Middlebury College, Middlebury, VT
#7 University of Massaschusetts Amherst, Amherst, MA
#6 Tufts University, Medford, MA
#2 Bowdoin College, Brunswick ME
For the entire rankings and details about each college, go here.
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