CINCINNATI, Ohio (May 30, 2024) – Sodexo and the University of Cincinnati introduce 513 Culinary Group, an immersive campus dining venture focused on innovation, creativity, and inclusivity that will prioritize fresh, locally sourced ingredients, flavors from around the world, and partnerships with local businesses. Effective May 1, 2024, the partnership brings revitalized dining facilities and menu enhancements for daily dining at UC’s main campus as well as at the Blue Ash and Clermont regional campuses.

“Our partnership with the University of Cincinnati blends our expertise, creativity, and passion for innovation with the city of Cincinnati’s vibrant culture and traditions,” said Brett Ladd, CEO Campus, Sodexo USA. “The partnership with 513 Culinary Group will be uniquely focused on belonging and inclusion, taking the concept beyond campus to enhance community outreach and create opportunities for area businesses. We are committed to working with alumni and local entrepreneurs to bring new experiences and future-focused spaces to campus, all while elevating the culinary experience with menu items that meet every need.”

Student and employee engagement will be another central focus of the partnership, which aims to strengthen campus culture and create a sense of inclusion and belonging for everyone. New menu options will include more plant-based foods for those seeking meatless dishes and special care will be given to ensuring students with allergies have safe, convenient dining options. Additionally, UC and Sodexo will collaborate to create plans to renovate an existing facility and rebrand the location as Bearcats Social.  Efforts will be made to feature trendy, upscale finishes to create a welcoming atmosphere and give students a place to come together.

Innovation is another key element of the partnership with the University of Cincinnati serving as an incubator for new dining-focused tech that enhances the consumer experience. Enhanced catering options for the on-campus community and events will be provided under the 513 Culinary Group umbrella through a new campus catering brand, Queen City Hospitality.

About UC

UC serves nearly 51,000 students – the highest enrollment ever thanks to unrivaled momentum, including the university’s National Science Foundation standing among the country’s top 31 public research universities as well as placement among the world’s top 100 most-innovative universities by Reuters. Moreover, UC is the world-class leader in experience-based learning or “hire education.” U.S. News ranks UC’s co-op program Top 5 nationally, and students earn a collective $76.5million annually via co-op work placements. (More UC info is available here: https://www.uc.edu/about/factsheet.html.)

About Sodexo North America

Sodexo North America is part of a global, Fortune 500 company with a presence in 45 countries. Sodexo specializes in sustainable food service and valued experiences, in all 50 U.S. states, Canada, Puerto Rico and Guam, at every moment in life: learn, work, heal and play. Additionally, the company indirectly supports additional jobs through its annual purchases of goods and services from small to large businesses. Sodexo North America is committed to meeting the challenges of everyday life with a dual goal: to improve the quality of life of our employees and those we serve, and contribute to the economic, social and environmental progress in the communities where we operate. Our purpose is to create a better everyday for everyone to build a better life for all.

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