Hospitality Services Wins Prestigious Gold Award For New Asian Concept

Texas Tech University’s new Asian dining concept Zi, is drawing national attention.

Texas Tech University’s new Asian dining concept Zi, is drawing national attention.

Hospitality Services was awarded the 2008 National Association of College and University Food Services’ (NACUFS) Loyal E. Horton Gold Dining Award in the Retail Sales – Single Stand-Alone Concept/Outlet, large school division in April. The department will be presented the award at the 2008 NACUFS National Conference July 12 in Washington, D.C.

Zi is a chef-inspired outlet featuring hand-rolled sushi, freshly tossed wok creations and traditional Asian entrees.

"Zi is our best ever self-developed concept with a very strong menu and marketing program," said Sam Bennett, managing director of Hospitality Services. "It is a tribute to the people in our department to be recognized with one of the top awards in our industry."

The NACUFS Web site describes the award, named for the organization’s founder, as one that bestows prestige and recognition on a university’s dining program. In college and university culinary arts, the ultimate professional tribute is the NACUFS’ Loyal E. Horton Dining Award. The award salutes the most successful ideas in menus, presentations, special event planning and new dining concepts.

Hospitality Services promotes each student’s learning experience by nourishing the minds of tomorrow and serving a savory experience. Hospitality Services serves over 3 million award-winning meals in two traditional dining halls, two food courts, five mini-markets, retail operations, a food emporium and catering services each academic year.

CONTACT: Sam Bennett, managing director, at (806) 742-1360 or; or Kirk Rodriguez, associate director - retail, at (806) 742-4610 or