FAQS

Why did FSU issue an Invitation to Negotiate (ITN) for food service?

FSU wanted to leverage the University’s food service contract, the Seminole Boosters’ concession contract, and Florida State University Athletics’ dining hall contract into one agreement. 

Who was on the selection committee?

An evaluation committee and technical advisory committee was formed from faculty, staff and students. After a rigorous evaluation and due diligence, the committee unanimously selected Sodexo.

Why Sodexo?

Sodexo presented the most extensive plan of distinctive and innovative concepts that set a clear vision for the next ten (10) years of dining at FSU.

What will happen with my meal plan?

Various levels of consumer-driven meal plans will be offered to students, faculty & staff with no anticipated price increase from current meal plan offerings. Any unused faculty & staff meals will roll over with the new program. 

Will honey fried chicken continue to be served on campus?

Absolutely! You'll still be able to enjoy a plate, or two, of honey fried chicken every week.

What current food services would fall under the new Sodexo program?

All food services including the all-you-care-to-eat residential locations, retail restaurants, catering, athletic dining hall and concession operations would fall under the new program. With Sodexo’s bold and new approach to food and service quality and with the creation of a new brand, “FSUnique”, there will be new and enriched cuisine, signature venues and more services that meet campus community preferences. For example, Sodexo’s FSUnique solution would launch Floridian Flavors to increase locally sourced produce and add fresh seafood from the panhandle. Over the next several years, there will be a significant investment in capital dollars that will support the transformation in the food offerings, facilities and services.

Who is Art Smith?

Art Smith is famous for great tasting food that brings people together. Smith has received the culinary profession’s highest awards and has cooked for some of the world’s most famous celebrities. In 1997, Smith became the personal, day-to-day chef to Oprah Winfrey, a position he held for 10 years. Smith is executive chef and co-owner of restaurants in Chicago, Atlanta, Orlando and Washington, D.C.

Smith will serve as the new Culinary Ambassador for Florida State University, and will create a new "FSUnique" brand of “healthy comfort cuisine” readily available throughout campus and at athletic concessions.

Will there be healthy options?

Yes. Nutrition and wellness are integral components of FSU's successful dining program. Sodexo will provide Mindful standards that promote well-balanced meals such as 100% whole grain bread, lean proteins, vegetarian choices and fat-free spreads. Mindful icons will also identify entrees that are 550 calories or less, less than 35% of calories from fat, less than 10% of calories from saturated fat with no trans fat, less than 100mg of cholesterol and 700mg of sodium or less. Nutritional information will be posted at point of service as well as on the online menu. Sodexo will also provide an on-site dining registered dietitian to assist students with meal planning, dietary needs and “Lunch and Learn” tabling events.

What if I have allergies?

Residential dining will include Simple Serving stations which are dedicated to serving meals free of the top eight allergens: milk, eggs, wheat, soy, shellfish, peanuts, tree nuts and gluten. There will also be MyZone stations that are gluten, peanut and tree nut free. 

Will sustainability be a priority with Seminole Dining?

Sodexo has an aggressive sustainability plan that will contractually require produce vendors to source local foods, track waste through their LeanPath system, implement the Real Food Challenge for student engagement and offer sustainability student internships to ensure goals are aligned with those of the University.

Who will cater FSU events?

Catering is non-exclusive on campus, however, Sodexo will be FSU's preferred provider. Sodexo will offer a rebranding of the current catering program to “Legacy Catering – innovative, iconic, and imaginative” with cuisine options that will include Celebrity Chef, Art Smith inspired recipes, menus and signature FSU dishes that address varying levels of service and budgets on campus.

How long is the contract with Sodexo? 

Ten (10) years.

When will the transition to Sodexo services begin?

FSU anticipates the transition to begin on, or before, August 31, 2017. 

I heard Sodexo had an agreement with FSU before. Is that true?

Sodexo had an agreement with Florida State University and Seminole Boosters many years ago under a different company name (Sodexo Marriott) and organizational structure. With their new brand, “Quality of Life Services,” Sodexo has a new operating structure, new executive team and other personnel who were not previously affiliated with the FSU program.