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Dining competitors on campus

March 1st, 2007

Six of the seven companies that were sent a Request for Proposals (RFP) have expressed their intent to bid for John Carroll University’s dining services contract, according to Donna Byrnes, Associate Dean of Students and member of the RFP committee.

Today, those companies will be on campus to tour the University’s facilities and meet with students. The tour will be led by Mark Klindera of Campus Dining, Inc., an outside consulting firm hired by the university, as well as Jim Razzante, general manager of university dining services.

Representatives will observe morning breakfast, view all kitchen and other back-house operations, and tour the Garden Café as well as the Dolan Science Center. The group of bidders will also be at the Schott Dining Hall during lunch and dinner, talking with students and getting a perspective of John Carroll’s dining operation.

Those companies vying to become the next food service provider must submit their bids by 5 p.m. on March 22.

Once the RFP committee reviews the bids, they will select three finalists to come on campus for interviews in mid-April.

A decision about the award will be made by April 27th, with the new contract commencing July 1.

Byrnes noted that as a private institution, John Carroll is not obligated to award the contract to the lowest bidder. While cost is an element of the decision, delivery of service and quality will also be key factors.

The following companies have expressed their intent to bid and will be on campus today: CulinArt, Bon Appetit Management Company, ARAMARK, Sodexho, Inc., AVI Foodsystems, Inc, and Parkhurst Dining Services, the University’s current provider.