Open forums scheduled for NAU food service finalists

The campus community and the public can get a taste of two proposals when the companies bidding for NAU’s food-services contract hold open forums next week.

The contract will cover the student dining program and operation of the NAU-city of Flagstaff conference center.

Representatives from Aramark will give an overview and answer questions about the campus dining program from 9 to 10:15 a.m. and 2:45 to 4 p.m. Feb. 1 in the Kaibab Room of the University Union.

Aramark will discuss the conference center operation, including food service, at a separate session beginning at 10:30 a.m. Feb. 1, also in the Kaibab Room.

Sodexho representatives will discuss their campus plans and answer questions from 9 to 10:15 a.m. and 2:45 to 4 p.m. Feb. 2 in the University Union Kaibab Room. The conference center discussion will be held at 10:30 a.m. in Kaibab.

NAU has invited companies to bid on a five-year contract with five one-year renewal options.

“Both Aramark and Sodexho are capable and have conference center divisions,” said┬áJane Kuhn, fiscal and operations director of Enrollment Management and Student Affairs.

RFPs went out in September with responses arriving Dec. 1. The responses are being evaluated by a large group from both the university and the city, and a contract is expected to be in place in March.