Duke Law teams with Duke Dining Services to select new cafe vendor

March 5, 2014Duke Law News


Representatives of Duke Law faculty, staff, and students will participate in the selection of a new vendor to operate the second-floor café.

Duke University Dining Services announced Monday that it has issued a Request for Proposals to identify a new retail food vendor for the Law School beginning July 1. Richard A. Danner, Archibald C. and Frances Fulk Rufty Research Professor of Law and Senior Associate Dean, Information Services, and Crystal Taylor, Associate Dean for Finance, Administration and Planning, have been named to a five-person committee leading the search.

The committee will undertake the initial review of proposals, which are due April 3, and meet with prospective vendors. It will also gather feedback when finalists are invited to visit the Law School to provide samples of their food to an invited group of students, faculty, and staff for tasting.

Candidates will be judged on a range of criteria, including pricing, breadth of menu, and ability to meet the Law School’s varied and extensive catering needs. Particular attention will be given to vendors’ ability to serve a diverse community with a variety of tastes, a need for healthy options including vegan and vegetarian cuisine, and a strong interest in sustainable agriculture and other environmental concerns.

“The café has long served the Duke Law community’s need for high-quality food,” said Danner. “We expect to continue that tradition when our new vendor is in place this summer.”


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