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May 12, 2017

Birmingham-Southern College announces Bon Appetit as new dining services provider

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.--Birmingham-Southern College has announced a new agreement with food service vendor Bon Appetit Management Company that will bring an expanded menu of healthy and locally sourced fresh foods to its dining hall and other food venues.

Bon Appetit--an award-winning industry pioneer whose mission is “food service for a sustainable future”--will assume operations on campus this summer in preparation for the fall term. The company will offer delicious, nutritious, and responsibly sourced meals at “the Caf” in the Norton Campus Center, three other locations on campus, and via campus catering services.

“We are excited about partnering with Bon Appetit to take our student-focused food service to a new level,” said Lane Estes, BSC’s chief of staff and vice president for community initiatives. “The company has a reputation built on fresh, made-from-scratch, local, authentic, and sustainable cooking, which provides a great fit for our campus and ties nicely into the impressive food culture of Birmingham.”

A committee that included BSC staff and students selected Bon Appetit from among several vendors who submitted proposals. The firm’s chefs come from a trained culinary background and cook from scratch, including sauces, stocks, and soups. Since launching its Farm to Fork program in 1999, Bon Appetit has required its chefs to source at least 20 percent of their ingredients from small farms and ranches located within 150 miles.

Bon Appetit achieved a number of industry “firsts,” including switching to sustainable seafood in 2002, rBGH-free milk in 2003, and cage-free eggs in 2005. The company has been recognized with awards from the James Beard Foundation, Chefs Collaborative, Food Alliance, and others.

The company also provides cafeteria and catering services to educational institutions, corporations, and museums across America. Founded in 1987 and headquartered in Palo Alto, Calif., it currently operates more than 1,000 cafes, including for such household names as Google, Johns Hopkins University, and the Art Institute of Chicago. Birmingham-Southern will bring the number of states in which Bon Appetit operates to 33; other Bon Appetit clients in the region include Emory University and Furman University.

The college’s current provider, Aramark, employs nearly 80 full- and part-time staff at BSC. All current employees will be encouraged to apply for positions with Bon Appetit, which anticipates hiring the majority of existing employees as well as additional culinary professionals.

About Birmingham-Southern College:
Birmingham-Southern College is a four-year, private liberal arts institution in Birmingham, Ala., founded in 1856 and affiliated with the United Methodist Church. It enrolls about 1,300 students from more than 30 states and 15 foreign countries. Learn more online at www.bsc.edu.