Heidelberg Announces New Dining Service Partnership
Heidelberg University has entered into a long-term contract with Parkhurst Dining to manage the University’s food service and catering operations, President Robert H. Huntington has announced.
A family-operated company, Parkhurst is a member of the Eat’n Park Hospitality Group, headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pa. Parkhurst has received numerous awards for its dining service management, commitment to high-quality, locally sourced ingredients and a fresh, made-from-scratch approach to food preparation. With specialization in restaurants and private college and university dining services, the company also is committed to sustainability and high client satisfaction.
“Embracing scratch-cooking methods and flexible meal plan options improves the quality of life for students on our campus,” Huntington said. “We look forward to Parkhurst’s culinary energy and passion for food service when they begin on our campus June 1, 2017.”
Huntington added that Heidelberg’s students, faculty, staff and guests will be pleased with more menu options, greater accessibility to dining facilities, formats for feedback and choices and an emphasis on sustainability and the environment in its food preparation. “While food is the centerpiece, this partnership is about building relationships, too,” he said.
Parkhurst chefs will prepare scratch-made foods for breakfast, lunch, dinner and on-the-go, as well as provide catering services for meetings and special events. Students will be able to select from a creative mix of nutritionally balanced entrees prepared with grilled vegetables, lean proteins and health grains. They also will enjoy flavorful, multicultural foods infused with authentic ingredients. Fresh vegan entrees along with an extensive salad bar featuring soups made from homemade stock round out the selections.
“Parkhurst’s meal plans cater to all students,” said Suzie Lachut, Parkhurst director of partnership development. “Students can come and go as they please and eat as much or as little as they like throughout the day within service hours.”
“With everything from comfort foods, culturally diverse selections to on-the-go, students will experience a variety of healthier, innovative and progressive dining and catering options that provide excellent food service to the Heidelberg University campus community,” said Bill Albright, Parkhurst vice president of higher education dining.
Additionally, Parkhurst has committed a significant contribution to upgrade and renovate the university’s dining hall and eateries.
“Parkhurst is eager to breathe new life into dining and catering at Heidelberg, and we look forward to collaborating with them. We welcome them to the Heidelberg family as we harvest a better eating plan together,” Huntington said.
Grace Hoyer, Public Relations