By UNT, at UNT, for UNT.

Our Story

At UNT Dining Services, “It’s About the Food.”

Food is more than just a source of nourishment–it’s one of the building blocks of a successful life.

We believe that ambitious minds need ambitious cuisine. From a hydroponic garden to a full-scale bakery, we seek innovative methods to make sure our food is as fresh, local, delicious and healthy as possible—without compromising our environmentally sustainable practices. In the 14 years since we became a self-operated department, we have dedicated ourselves daily to caring for our students and giving them what they need to succeed—whether that is through employment, nutrition programs, alternative dining options, or other initiatives. We don’t just serve UNT, we are UNT—and that affinity affects everything we do.

College is an exciting time, full of friends, self-discovery and fresh experiences. Dining Services strives to support a student’s growth by cultivating an environment where there is a seat at the table for all. Our guests deserve no less, and whether you are a student, faculty, staff or a visitor to our campus, we want you to have the best dining experience possible.


Our chefs are committed to doing food service the right way: preparing the highest quality food, utilizing whole ingredients and cooking with sustainable methods. On behalf of everyone in Dining Services, welcome to our campus – we look forward to serving you soon!

— Peter Balabuch

Executive Director of Dining Services

Points of Pride

24 retail food shops, including an upscale dining restaurant

5 Dining Halls

Full-service catering department

In-house bakery

Fried Oreos from Mean Greens

Nearly 5 million meals served annually


Student employee serving at Mean Greens

Résumé-building job opportunities for nearly 1,100 student employees

Leader in Vegan and Allergen-Free Dining

on college campuses

Mean Greens eggs Benedict with homefries
Plant-forward Dining

The nation's first and only 100% plant-based (vegan) collegiate Dining Hall. Features non-GMO, organic leafy greens grown on campus.

Mean Greens Café
Mean Greens gyro meal with various veggie sides
Member of MCURC

UNT is a proud member of Menus of Change, and MCURC, which focuses on healthy, sustainable and delicious cuisine.

Kitchen West turkey lunch with green beans and mashed potatoes
Full of Flavor

The state's first and only Dining Hall Certified Free From™ the Big 9 food allergens and gluten.

Kitchen West

Featured in trade publications and news outlets, such as:
Food Management 
Food Service Director 
U.S. News & World Report 
CBS 11 
Fox 4 
NBC 5 
Fort Worth Star Telegram 
Dallas Morning News 

Awards & Accolades

Residential Dining Silver Award

from the National Association of College and University Food Services

Catering - Special Event Bronze Award

from the National Association of College and University Food Services

Loyal E. Horton Award

from the National Association of College and University Food Services

Best Vegan Recipe

from the National Association of College and University Food Services

Goldie Awards

for Financial Wizardry and Food Democracy - from Food Service Director

Silver Medal

at the ACF (American Culinary Federation) Competition

Silver Medal

at the NACUFS National Culinary Challenge

Our Commitment to You

We aim for excellence every time—not just in our cooking, but also in our meal plan options, employee satisfaction and customer relations. If you have specific questions or concerns, please contact us at (940)-565-2462 or email us at

Delicious Savings

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Meal Plans
We're Hiring

As the largest employer on campus, UNT Dining has plenty of job and career opportunities.

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