UT receives record number of Top Spot Awards from Toledo-Lucas County Health Department

July 3, 2017 | News, UToday



The University of Toledo was recently honored with outstanding recognition for food service and training.

The Top Spot Award, given annually by the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department, recognizes exceptional food operation establishments based on a number of criteria, including food inspections and staff training.

Eric Zgodzinski, health commissioner with the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department, left, presented The University of Toledo a record-breaking 18 Top Spot Awards, which were accepted by Mario Toussaint.

UT Dining Services received a record-breaking 18 Top Spot Awards for locations that included Mulford Garden Café, Agave, Glass Bowl, Java City, Pizza Hut, Scott Park Concessions, Savage Arena, Starbucks, Subway, South Dining Hall and Croutons.

Mario Toussaint, senior director of operations for dining, retail and clinical nutrition, applied for the awards along with other Dining Services leaders. He stressed that, although many businesses apply and are reviewed, very few make the cut and are recognized as top dining establishments.

“I could not be more proud of our frontline employees for delivering such great outcomes over the 2016 and 2017 survey seasons. Their hard work and devotion in keeping our campuses safe is nothing short of remarkable,” Toussaint said. “We are also very thankful for our partners within the Ohio Department of Health that help guide our journey.”

He added the University received 18 of the 65 awards.

“We received so many accolades that the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department also gave us an overall umbrella award covering the entire University,” Toussaint said.