Higher Education

Our Focus

Because everyone majors in food.

For college students, there’s no more central experience than the dining hall: part study area, part comfortable refuge and part social hub, your students depend on your food service program to deliver more than just great meals. Our higher education programs give your students the choices, flexibility, service and affordability they expect.


Inviting Spaces

Our facility design team will help you envision and create a space that fits your school’s culture, physical space, and budget.


Marketing Support

Our food service programs focus on making students feel at home, putting parents’ minds at ease, and attracting prospective students with the appealing options and high quality they expect from their new home away from home.


Meal Plans and Menus

Let us help you create menus and meal plan options that make sense for your students and your school. We’ll make sure your food service program stacks up favorably in quality, convenience and price to off-campus dining.


Food Trends

The days of the cafeteria tray are fading fast – today’s students expect an a la carte approach to dining with standalone mini-shops, fresh prep and a focus on convenience. We keep a close eye on food and dining trends to keep your school current and competitive in the dining room and beyond.


Food Ambassadors Program

Our Food Ambassadors Program puts student representatives in regular, direct contact with on-site management staff to make improvements, solve issues, and serve your student body together.


Fresh Options

We’ll help you make your food service program the fresh dining option of choice for your students and staff, with fresh options that look, taste and smell amazing. Now that’s something to write home about.


Specialized Expertise

Our focus on small and mid-sized colleges and universities allows us to obsess over details other companies don’t even notice, so we can deliver the best and most attentive service possible.


Added Value

From creating teaching moments with a mock dinner interview to innovative fundraising strategies for your event concessions, we go above and beyond to make a difference for our clients and the students they serve.

Services

Cost Management and Analysis

Cost Management and Analysis

We’re committed to helping our clients get the highest quality and value for their investment by focusing on operational efficiency, leveraging our buying power and finding creative financial solutions.


Menu Planning

Menu Planning

With deep knowledge and expertise in feeding large groups of people, we create custom menus that respect your diners’ preferences, provide nutritional variety, and keep up with food service trends.


Brand Partnerships

Brand Partnerships

Whether it’s a national deli sandwich brand or an iconic coffee company, Pedestal Foods is equipped with the resources and connections to forge brand partnerships on your school’s behalf. We can give you access to the brands you love – and some that might surprise you.


Facility Renovation

Facility Renovation

When it comes to renovations, we provide the talent and resources to create a customized, inviting dining space that respects your budget and meets your needs.


Complete Program Management

Complete Program Management

We’ll handle all day-to-day aspects of your food service program, leaving you free to focus on running your business.


Health and Wellness

Health and Wellness

From calorie counts to ingredient warnings, we’re committed to helping you keep a close watch over the health and special needs of those in your care. 


Chef Services

Chef Services

Our extensively trained chefs make and serve fabulously fresh, incredibly good food that looks, tastes and smells amazing. Every meal, every facility, every day.


Innovative Technology

Innovative Technology

Today’s students rely on technology for just about everything, and they expect to use it in their dining experience, too. From electronic menu boards to customized smartphone apps, texting solutions and social media tools, we keep our clients ahead of the curve when it comes to interacting with their audience digitally and beyond.


Free Evaluation

Free Evaluation

We’re committed to helping your food service program become better and more efficient, even before we become your partner. We’ll start with a no-cost, no-obligation evaluation of your current program, including food cost structure, labor model and your physical facility. Pedestal Foods can improve quality, boost satisfaction and save you money – and we’ll show you exactly how. Get Started


Catering

Catering

Whether it’s an all-campus event or a small faculty celebration, your Pedestal Foods team is always ready to help make your event one to remember. Customize your menu down to the tiniest detail, prepare to wow your guests, and expect top-notch service from start to finish.