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Fare Deals in Uni Meals. Communal Catering for All Tastes - 20/09/2006
 
University catering calls for much attention, responsibility, and enterprise as school meals. The start of a new academic year and of a new intake of school-leavers add to the significance of the connexion.

University catering calls for much attention, responsibility, and enterprise as school meals. The start of a new academic year and of a new intake of school-leavers add to the significance of the connexion.

Caterers in universities are faced with diverse challenges in meeting the requirements and enjoyment of consumers – young and old – from different cultures and lifestyles, and with preferences for ingredients meeting environmental, economic, and marketing stipulations. Many will be taking lasting care of their health and lifestyles in accord with advice proffered by agencies such as the Food Standards Agency. Many will be continuing developments and growth as significant as those that they have experienced in their years of school meals.

“Other” choices in communal catering usually represent an outmoded vegetarian style that inadequately serves a number of kindred interests and unnecessarily creates vexatious sub-divisions, e.g. “vegetarian” and “vegan”.

Growing enterprise in the foodservice industry renders such barrier avoidable: true vegetarian menus can be constructed and developed that satisfy the increasing population the market recognizes as meat reducers, dairy-frees, vegans, adherents to various religious principles and customs and to expressions of animal and environmental welfare (and “rights”). Such practices, tastefully demonstrated, comprise investments in the Portfolio of lifestyle and dietary habit warmly commended by nutritional and medical authorities alarmed at the avoidable prevalence of obesity and premature disease.

Universities and teaching institutions offer exceptional opportunities to manifest this responsible trend. Further, such institutions entertain many conferences and gatherings for whom the alternative veggie alternative would add to the other pleasures in their gatherings.

We would be happy to offer freely advice to caterers wishing to improve their services in this way and to keep us informed with their experiences. We are a scientific research Trust – a registered charity with no commercial affiliations, but with a lot of experience of catering in halls of residence, refectories, and canteens. Anyone wishing so can search for information on the Portfolio diet and healthy eating on our database, available for free from our website.

Note: also see Portfolio Eating Plan for further information on the Portfolio diet (a website by the Almond Board of California).
 
 
 

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