UConn Dining Wins Gold for NACUFS Best Vegan Recipe

The University of Connecticut Department of Dining Services is honored to accept the Gold Medal for the Best Vegan Recipe contest from the National Association of College and University Food Services (NACUFS). Dining Services has also won the gold award for our vegan recipes in 2018, and 2016, and bronze in 2020.

Our recipe submission, Cinnamon Chipotle Cachapas with Black Bean Avocado Salsa, and Pickled Red Onions, was part of the menu rotation at McMahon dining hall this semester and was showcased as part of a plant-forward event.

“We are proud to have an administration that supports our involvement in NACUFS, a team of managers and chefs that believe in sustainability,” says Robert Landolphi, assistant director of culinary development for UConn Dining Services. “Most importantly we have a student body that dines with us daily and are willing to share with us what is important to them as they assist us in expanding our plant-based cuisine.”

This is the second NACUFS award for Dining Services this year. In March, UConn Dining Chef Sean Hawkins received bronze during a culinary challenge at the NACUFS Mid-Atlantic/Northeast Regional Conference. Hawkins’ award-winning recipe for Herb Crusted Turkey Filet, coriander sweet potatoes, frenched green beans, and a leek cream sauce can be found at the link below.

Want to make it yourself? Find a printable recipe here and check out the demo with Chef Landolphi below. Find more UConn Dining recipes at

Earth Day Spring Fling to Feature Zero Waste BBQ

The annual Earth Day Spring Fling, co-hosted by the Office of Sustainability and the Department Dining Services, returns after a two year hiatus due to the pandemic, to Fairfield Way on Wednesday, April 20th, from 11am-2pm.

The sustainability festival will include vendors, fun activities, and events including a goat yoga session and a zero waste BBQ lunch from Dining Services.

See below for event details:

Zero Waste BBQ – Dining Services will be catering an outdoor zero-waste barbecue featuring vegan, vegetarian, and sustainable food options sourced locally. Lunch will cost one flex pass or $12 credit/debit. The meal will include a small ice cream from the UConn Dairy Bar truck. The UConn Bakery will also be there handing out spring theme cupcakes to celebrate Arbor Day. Students can donate their flex passes at the event if they have extras. Click here for the menu.

Environmental Art Show: Show off your eco-related art! Submit your art entry.

12-1p Goat Yoga: Yoga alongside the little goats of Bradley Mountain Farm. 75 person cap – you must register beforehand. Bring your own towel or yoga mat to Founders Green.

Party Peddler Bike: Hop on the 10 person bike for a tour of sustainability along Fairfield Way.

125th Class Tree Planting: As a certified Tree Campus, we’re happy to plant the Class of 2022’s student-selected Three-Flowered Maple on the north side of Wilbur Cross from 1-2pm.

Eco-Vendors: Meet with student and community organizations dedicated to sustainability, as well as eco-minded businesses along Fairfield Way.

For more information, please email