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Council Staff try Hotpots in University Hotspots

by Joe Hind

Food for Life Scotland and City of Edinburgh Council (CEC) went on a foodie foraging trip last week to some of the capital’s universities. They visited University of Edinburgh’s Library Café, Napier University’s Sighthill Campus and Queen Margaret University’s main catering outlet. 

The reason for the trip was to experience first-hand the recipes, branding, packaging, dining area layouts and presentation styles used by the universities. This will help inform the Council’s ongoing plans for developing their high school catering, particularly the catering outlets in the three new high schools: Portobello, Boroughmuir and James Gillespie.

City of Edinburgh Council is the only Scottish Local Authority with the Catering Mark in ALL its schools and it works hard to maintain this.

The visits were judged by all as very successful. Over two days we enjoyed tasty “bircher muesli” (oats, fruit and yoghurt), fresh and seasonal salads, baguettes and more. There wasn’t actually a hotpot in sight. Sorry, but we thought it made a good headline!

The food, presentation and service was of a really high standard in all the outlets visited and gave lots of “food for thought” to both City of Edinburgh Council and also to Food for Life Scotland in terms of exploring the Food for Life Catering Mark award with more universities in the capital.

Thanks to all those involved for supporting the visits and showing us around.

Pictured: Bridget Smith, Catering Manager for Napier University’s Sighthill Campus.

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