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Food, glorious food

The DailyMeal studied dining programs at 2,000 colleges and universities this summer and ranks Cornell No. 5 on its list of 52 Best Colleges for Food in America.

In addition to blind taste tests and interviews, criteria included adherence to health codes, variety of food, service, healthiness of food, locally sourced food, accessibility and sustainability.

They write of Cornell:

“’We work hard to ensure that dining at Cornell is more than a meal – it’s an experience,’ said Karen Brown, director of campus life marketing and communications for the university. Want to see the best of campus dining via video? Cornell presents CU in the Kitchen, a series that highlights the food, people and things that set Big Red’s food service apart from the rest. Think of it as Food Network, but hyper-local.

“Big on student engagement, the university hosts events like “A Night at Hogwarts,” which featured British cuisine, butter beer, and chocolate frogs. On a more typical day, students can dine on pancakes and sausage, Ethiopian vegetable stew, and pork stuffed with apples. The Ithaca-based institution has more than 30 eateries.

“Cornell offers promotions to encourage students to jump on the sustainability bandwagon. If you buy a mug on campus, you can get a large coffee, tea, or hot chocolate for the price of a small one. What’s next? ‘Two goals for the coming year are to offer more late-night dining options, and to communicate with our customers better using social media and smartphone technology,’ Brown suggested. Expect a new eatery in partnership with the Cornell Dairy as well.”

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