FM's Best Concept Awards program is designed to showcase the best of the many innovations developed by onsite dining operators who work to provide attractive, healthful and affordable meals to specific in-house clienteles. Unlike their commercial restaurant counterparts, onsite operators often toil in anonymity even within their host organizations.

The annual Best Concept Awards are designed to shed some well-deserved light on some of these achievements. They also serve to emphasize just how creative the onsite dining community is as a whole and to give our larger reader community some new ideas they can use to manage their own operations more efficiently and better serve their customers. Learn more about the winners:

Best of Show: Henry Ford Hospitals
Henry Ford Hospitals has emerged as a trendsetter with its Its LiveWell initiative

Best Customer Concept: Univ. of North Carolina Hospitals
Restaurant Delivery puts retail menu options on the room service patient menu

Best Management Company Concept: Sodexo
The Did You Know Café is a school program that targets Tweens

 

Best Convenience Retailing Concept: Univ. of Massachusetts-Amherst
Procrastination Station is a 24-hour meal service concept that uses natural and organic ingredients

Best New Facility: Virginia Tech
Turner Place at Lavery Hall was designed to capture new customers


Best Renovation: Northeastern University
The newly redesigned Curry Dining Center includes a 3,000-square foot glass mezzanine

Best Special Event Concept: St. Paul (MN) Public Schools
Parent Night at the Nutrition Center takes the mystery out of school food.

Best Station Concept: Restaurant Associates
Paninoteca gives the meatball an extreme makeover


Best Wellness Concept: Sodexo
Simple Servings is a safe harbor for food allergy sufferers


Best Menu: Bon Appetit
At Café 17, at eBay employees can order up a variety of Asian cuisine