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Best Massachusetts colleges for food

Posted by Lara Salahi  November 15, 2012 01:30 PM

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Two local Massachusetts colleges have snagged spots among the top 10 colleges that serve the best foods. Can you guess which ones?

According to The Daily Meal ranking of the 52 best colleges for food in America, Tufts University’s Medford campus ranked number six, and University of Massachusetts Amherst came in at number seven.

Tufts' focus is to only provide local and sustainable foods in its dining halls. The university buys produce from family farms within the New England area, and hosts a farmers market every Wednesday from the start of the semester through mid-October.

"We're not only responsive, but we strive to anticipate the needs of our customers and then exceed their expectations," Patti Klos, Tufts University’s director of dining services told the Daily Meal.

University of Massachusetts Amherst brings in guest chefs to provide a variety of foods. Fortunately, students are not the only ones who are allowed to indulge. Parents can eat free in the dining hall as long as their child is part of a meal plan.

While other Massachusetts universities did not rank among the top 10, they do have fun and delicious fares to offer.

For example, Harvard University boasts that some of their students may be chef-worthy. The university, ranked #12, hosts events like “Top Chef Harvard,” which allows students to compete for the best dish creation using ingredients only found in the Harvard dining halls.

Their dining halls also allow a carry-out service. Students heading off campus can call ahead and have a packed meal ready to take with them.

MIT students on the other hand can’t complain that there’s not enough food on campus. The university, ranked #20, has more than 30 spots for grub, including dining halls and food trucks.

Boston University, which took #23, was the last local university to earn a ranking on the Daily Meal list.

In 2012, BU earned a sustainability award from Mayor Thomas Menino.
The University’s dining program says it prides itself on responding to student’s needs. When students studying abroad in Europe tweeted that they missed the dining hall cookies, the dining program heeded the call.

"Because we do social media like nobody’s business we were able to track down these students and send them a care package with some cookies and other treats," BU Dining told the Daily Meal.

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