Here is another in our continuing series of articles about things going on around Rochester. Enjoy!

Just as a menu can make or break a restaurant’s first impression with hungry patrons, a city’s food culture can make or break its first impression with hungry visitors, so it’s a good thing that the University of Rochester recently ranked in the top 10 on The Daily Meal’s “75 Best Colleges for Food in America for 2014.”

The popular food and blog’s post ranks colleges and universities all across the country based solely on what they can offer for food, and put the U of R at number six. The only other higher education institutions from New York that made it on The Daily Meal’s list were New York University at number seven, Cornell at number 12, St. Lawrence University at number 49, and The New School at number 59.

“We’re thrilled at this acknowledgement,” said Campus Dining Services and Auxiliary Operations director Cam Schauf. “Not only does this recognize our focus on sustainability within dining services, but it helps us to spread the word about the things we’re working on, the values that are important to us.”

The University of Rochester was able to make it to the top 10 because of their efforts in sustainability, and because they try to get their food locally. The fact that the U of R has been named a Most Vegan Friendly University by PETA2 for three years and counting also helped.

“University of Rochester had the second-highest Yelp rating of the whole bunch, but what really catapulted it to the front of the pack was all the efforts the dining program makes to be as sustainable, delicious, and just fun as it can be,” wrote the Daily Meal.

Oh, and having the Garbage Plate around didn’t hurt, either.