About Cal Poly Campus Dining

Serving Cal Poly

Campus Dining is dedicated to providing a variety of quality fresh foods and exceptional service in a friendly environment to our Cal Poly customers.

Our core values are as follows:

Campus Dining Overview

Campus Dining is one of the commercial arms of Cal Poly Corporation, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, which provides the university with a variety of commercial, fiscal, and administrative services. Campus Dining offers a wide variety of restaurants and markets on campus with flexible business hours, including late nights and holidays. Fresh foods are brought in from local and regional sources to create meals that are colorful and nutritious. To bring high-quality offerings to our customers, our operations are headed by two executive-level chefs with experience at top restaurants and universities. As a leading university in sustainability, Campus Dining practices sustainable business methods to minimize our environmental footprint. From using old fryer oil for biodiesel campus vehicles, to composting hundreds of tons of pre and post-consumer waste, Campus Dining is committed to “greening up” Cal Poly. Learn more about our environmental practices on our sustainability webpage.

Campus Dining is proud to support the Cal Poly enterprise food programs, such as Cal Poly cheeses, chocolates, honey, wines, sauces and fresh produce from the Cal Poly farms. Many of the products are featured at Campus Market, Village Market, University Catering and University Store.

More about Cal Poly Corporation

For over 65 years, Cal Poly Corporation (Corporation) has provided self-supporting, responsible, diversified, creative, and high quality services, which complement the instructional program of the university and assist the institution in achieving its educational mission. The Corporation is self-supporting and does not receive funding from any state sources for its operations.We currently employ over 1,500 students, faculty and staff, making CPC one of the largest employers in the county (Corporation website).

In 2006, the Cal Poly Foundation separated from the Corporation and was organized as a separate, private non-profit corporation led by Cal Poly alumni and friends and incorporated for the purpose of generating private support to build and maintain the special polytechnic, high-quality, “learn-by-doing” education model of Cal Poly (Foundation website).

Awards and Memberships

NACUFS.org: In 2018, Campus Dining won top awards in the NACUFS (National Association of College and University Food Services) “Best in Business” competition. Among universities across the country, Cal Poly took Gold for the Online Catering Menu award and Silver for the Special Catering Event award. Cal Poly also took Silver for Special Catering Event in 2014 and Gold for Online Catering Menu in 2012. In 2008 and 2009, Cal Poly Campus Dining took first place for the new Village Market in Poly Canyon Village.

ServeSafe: Food industry regulations stipulate that every food service organization have at least one employee that is sanitation certified. Campus Dining has exceeded this standard by having nearly all of its regular employees certified through the National Restaurant Association’s SERVSAFE program.

California Restaurant Association: Campus Dining is proud to be a member of the California Restaurant Association.

Waste Reduction Awards Program (WRAP): Since 1995, Campus Dining has been a WRAP winner for our efforts in waste reduction and recycling on campus.

WRAP is an annual awards program established by the California Integrated Waste Management Board to recognize California businesses that have made outstanding efforts to reduce nonhazardous waste and send less garbage to our landfills.

Campus Dining’s Sustainability Efforts:

  1. Recycling: Cardboard, office and promotional literature, glass, cans, and plastics
  2. We donate produce scraps to Cal Poly sustainable farm for composting
  3. We donate excess food to local food banks
  4. Campus restaurants use recyclable and compostable containers
  5. Office materials are made from recycled paper products
  6. Trucks that run on biodiesel
  7. Provide reusable take-out food containers to all meal plan customers (more about Eco To-Go)