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FARE Community Choice Award, 2024

Recognized for our dedication to student well-being and for setting an exemplary standard in accommodating allergies on campus.

Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE)

Silver Award Best Local Foods Recipe, 2023

Recognized for our Local Creamy Carolina Rice Grit Bowl featuring foods farmed and produced throughout North Carolina. In this recipe, there were a total of seven local ingredients used and it was served as a meal during one of our farmers markets.

National Association of College & University Food Services (NACUFS)

Silver Award Retail Sales/Single Concept for “The Scoop”, 2023

Recognized for our unique, modern and exciting dining concept, The Scoop, that was made possible by our partnership with Maple View Farm, a local dairy farm less than 10 miles from campus. The Scoop’s atmosphere invites students in and the product keeps them coming back!

National Association of College & University Food Services (NACUFS)

Menu Masters Award: Best Healthful Menu Innovation, 2022

Chef Michael Gueiss was presented with this award following the creation of his Low Waste Grain Bowl where he used ingredients that otherwise would have been wasted such as watermelon rinds, celery leaves and carrot tops.

Nation’s Restaurant News

Student Affairs Campus Partner Award, 2021

Presented by Vice Chancellor, Amy Johnson and Student Affairs in recognition of being an excellent campus partner.

Student Affairs Staff Awards Program

Gold Award – AASHE, 2021

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is recognized by AASHE as a STARS Gold Institution based on its reported accomplishments in campus sustainability.

The Association of the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE)

Featured in Food Management Magazine, 2021

Recognized for our Zero Waste, 100% Flavor bowl that highlights ingredients that would otherwise typically be composted.

Food Management Magazine

National Association of College and University Residence Halls
“Of The Month” Award, 2020
Student Dining Board Chair nominated Carolina Dining Services/Aramark for a NACURH Award in Fall 2020.

National Association of College and University Residence Halls

Top 3 Best Campus Dining in the Nation – FARE, 2020
Recognized by FARE for our excellence in food allergy accommodations from our menu transparency to our inclusivity of students with life-threatening food allergies.

Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE)

Gold Award Educational Outreach & Sustainability, 2020
Recognized for our ongoing commitment to reducing single use cups in our dining halls through a “Cupless” campaign promoted on social media.

National Association of College & University Food Service (NACUFS)

A+ Vegan Report Card, 2018, 2019, 2020
Rating was determined by current efforts towards vegan options in the dining halls. This includes offering an all-vegan station, non-dairy milk, labeling vegan options & more!

Vegan Report Card, Peta2

ProChef Certified Culinary Team, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023
“The ProChef Certification program was created by the Culinary Institute of America (CIA), the world’s premier culinary college to provide hands-on skill validation, and recognize professional achievement.”

ProChef, Culinary Institute of America


Over 20% Real Food Purchases, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023

In 2016, the Real Food Commitment was signed. We have continually achieved over 20% Real Food purchases to remain committed to serving our Tar Heels the best.

Real Food Challenge

Featured Presenter at AASHE Conference, 2019
Presented Carolina Dining Service’s 2019 award winning #EatSortWinUNC campaign to college and university sustainability experts at the premier global conference on sustainability in higher education.

The Association for Advancement in Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE)

Silver Award in Educational Outreach & Sustainability, 2019
Recognized for our efforts in educating our community on how to properly compost and sort waste. We engaged over 100,000 people on social media to help spread understanding and awareness on composting correctly.

National Association of College & University Food Service (NACUFS)

Top 75 Best Colleges for Food in America, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018

Narrowing down their search from 2,000 colleges, to 300 contenders – CDS joined the ranks as one of the top 75 highly respected college dining programs in the nation!

The Daily Meal

Featured in Food Management Magazine, 2018

Recognized for our efforts in expanding our menus to include vegan
barbeque on campus. Our Executive Chef explained how we
transformed this meatless option into a delicious southern dish.

Food Management Magazine

Featured in Food Management Magazine, 2017

Our Asian-inspired tamarind braised pork nachos earned us a spot
in an issue of Food Management Magazine! The article talks about
“How different cuts of pork, varied cooking techniques and bold
sauces take Asian dishes to off-the-charts craveability levels.”

Food Management Magazine

Gold Award in Education Outreach & Sustainability, 2015
Recognized for our leadership in and ongoing commitment on global food waste issues through an international campaign, Feeding the 5,000.

National Association of College & University Food Services (NACUFS)

Top 36 of the Best College Dining Halls, 2015
Counting down the best dining halls in the country, Chase is featured at number 27 – particularly for our late night dining option.

USA Today

Compliments to the Chef

Our Executive Chef was featured as an expert in the kitchen, bringing years of culinary experience to UNC every day.

On-Campus Hospitality

Grand Prize Excellence in Sustainable Dining, 2015
For exemplary excellence in the pursuit of sustainable dining practices and significantly reducing our environmental impact.

National Association of College & University Food Service (NACUFS)