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Partner Testimonials

Our team is committed to creating the best possible dining experience. Join us to experience the comfort, convenience, outstanding food and inviting atmosphere designed especially for you. Below you will find testimonials that speak to our mission - creating, offering and delivering services to our partners that make every day a better day.

Sarah H., College of Business Administration
February, 2014

"Everyone loved their lunches but I wanted to just give you a few gold stars because my Vegan and my no-mammal gluten-free people loved their meals. They really love that y’all find things to accomodate their food sensitivities – that they don’t just always have to be prepared to bring something that they can eat.

As always, THANK YOU!

Alexa C., Relay for Life Event Chair LMU
March, 2014

" Amazing women of LMU Hospitality/Sodexo - Thank you again for all of your amazing work and contributions to LMU's Relay! You and the Sodexo team did such an amazing job and had the most incredible Relay spirit. I don't think that we could have gotten participants to stay as late and as long as they did without your food and beverages!

Judith D., College of Communication and Fine Arts
March, 2014

" We are deeply grateful for all you and your professional staff did to make AMCS’s event on Saturday night so beautiful, visually and tastefully.  Your staff did a great job in arranging the set-up of each table.  The menu, with a delicious array of appetizers and the buffet service,  was well-received by our guests.  The three buffet stations with the same items worked beautifully.  Everyone was able to get a plate in a short time.  Jose Diaz did a wonderful job in coordinating all the details and making everything flow so smoothly.  He is to be commended for his outstanding professionalism.

Jen, Family Weekend Event 2014
February, 2014

" Thank you all so much for all the hardwork and long hours for family weekend. I could not have the successful events without you all supporting. Looking forward to working on new fun menus!

ARTsmart Team
January, 2014

" Thank you. Your generosity and support of ARTsmart is so thoughful and gracious. The Students of the Westside were so grateful and thrilled with their sacked lunched. The cookies were a hit! Thank you again.

Andrew O., Administrative Services
October, 2013

" The food was excellent throughout! We received rave reviews from both the new faculty and veteran administrators! We were so appreciative that the Sodexo team was so flexible and accommodating for these changes.

Sarah H., College of Business Administration
September, 2013

"The fritattas were a BIG HIT! The crowd were all excited to have something new. This is not your flimsy frittata! The fact they were baked into the ramekins or cups made them feel like a quiche because they were hearty without needing the crust. I’m going to do that at home from now on."

Tres, University Relations
September, 2013

"That was the best BBQ order we've ever had! Thanks for taking such great care of us!"

Gwen, University Relations
August, 2013

"You are ROCKSTARS for us for the Reunion, BBQ and all around! I can't thank you enough for the creative menus, the extra time and energy and getting everything so well done!"

Darin E., LMU Family of Schools
April, 2013

"I just wanted to say Thank You for helping to make the Game Changers event a great success.  Julio was also a great help on the day of.  Please let him know he is truly appreciated."

*LMU Hospitality Services proudly sponsored lunches for Game Changer - one day FREE event that shifts the way 15-18 year old males see themselves as young men and future leaders in business. The symposium provides opportunities to interact and learn from leaders in the business world. For more information, click here.

Liz S, Career Development Services
April, 2013

"I just wanted to say thank you once again for doing such a wonderful job last night. You made the subject of etiquette fun (no easy feat) while being incredibly informative. I know everyone at the event (myself included) learned quite a bit. Many students commented on how much they hadn’t known before last night about formal dining etiquette. As they were leaving, lots of students also commented on how much fun they had, and how funny you were!

We’re so lucky to have such a great partnership with Sodexo!"

Gabriella T, Student Housing
January, 2013

"Thank You Sodexo Staff for all of your hard work!

Orientation is a crazy event and we ALL Greatly appreciate you working with us."

Teresa D & Eleanor D, LMU
January, 2013

"I just wanted to send you a note to let you know how wonderful the baby shower event was at the Bird Nest. Gabriel set up the event and was so kind by continually checking up throughout the day and making sure we had everything we needed. He had everything set up perfect. The food was also very good and all of our guest truly enjoyed it. I can't thank you enough for everything you and Gabriel did to make this such a wonderful and memorable event. Everything went smoothly thanks to your friendly and considerate staff.

I will definite consider you again for my future event needs."

Judith D, LMU Dean's Office
December 7, 2012

"I would like to extend a very special thank to you and Trish, the catering director, for helping me to plan the holiday reception for yesterday’s event; kudos must be given to the sous chefs and their assistants who prepared the delightful and delicious holiday foods.  It was beautifully displayed and so enjoyable for all.  Virginia did a wonderful job in setting up the tables with an eye to  detail  -- even in the placement of pine cones on the table that reflected the theme of the centerpieces.


Simply put, it was beautiful.

Thank you again!
"

Nallely C, Financial Aid Office
November 13, 2012

"Lunch was delicious yesterday!! I went with my co-worker ... we both loved the Indian food and desert was also yummy!"

Veronica C, LMU Alumn
November 8, 2012

"Dear Sodexo staff,

I am a an LMU graduate (05’) and I currently work at Santa Monica High School. Yesterday, I had the opportunity to take a group of students and parents to LMU to tour the campus and listen to a presentation. After the presentation, we were able to sit down and talk about the information learned throughout the day with a delicious meal prepared by your staff.

I was in contact with Ms. Teresa Whitaker before the trip to arrange our meal within the budget I was given. She was gracious, professional and pleasant to work with. The parents and students enjoyed the food and I as an alumn, was proud of the professionalism that your staff exhibited to potential students and families.

Thank you for making our trip successful and for adding to my pride as an LMU alumn."

Sarah H, College of Business Administration
November 8, 2012

"Loved the lunch on the Hill! The curry chicken and tofu was awesome (we’ll definitely be using that sometime) and the funnel cakes were so adorable and perfect size!!

I even instagram photographed mine because it was the shape of a heart!That is how much those funnel cakes were loved!"

Yousuf M, Teachers for America
August 15, 2012

"I have an opportunity to dine at many prestigious universities throughout the U.S. However, I have never been taken care of with such kindness, and as care, as I have been here at LMU|LA.

From the management to staff, everybody greets me daily with a smile. Not to mention, the food is delicious as well. In fact, the food is very delicious.

Above everything, I am truly grateful for your teams' efforts in accommodating me in my Ramadan fasts. I haven't had to worry a single day about food - this is after my worry when I am practicing away from home.

I truly wish and hope that many more people get to witness your generosity and smiles and have a great meal."

Brandon Forray, Center for Catholic Education
Friday, June 29, 2012

"Thank you so much for your services at our conference these past few days. It’s always a pleasure working with you all, and you’re very patient and kind. I appreciate your help in managing and building the orders.

All of our guests kept raving about the delicious food and the nice set-up.

Please also give my thanks to the staff that helped with the set-up and cleaning, and of course, cooking."

Laura Lance, St. Paul School
Friday, June 22, 2012

"Our stay was very pleasant, as always. In particular our visit to the cafeteria Friday night—you should have seen the students' faces! Very exciting. We'll definitely be eating there two evenings next visit."

Sterling Smith, Sodexo Executive Chef
Sunday, June 17, 2012

"Good evening LA Sodexo MALDEF Wellness Team!!

I just wanted to personally thank you all for the Outstanding job that you provided to the LA Latino Community under the MALDEF PSP program.

Gustavo (Culinary Director Corporate Services West) you and the "A Team" :

  • Alfonso Campos (Loyola Marymount University, Executive Chef),
  • Ben Herrera (Executive Chef, The Art Center)
  • Jesus Veyna (Executive Chef, Disney),

did an outstanding job of informing the Latino community about the importance of Wellness. You also showed them by making simple changes in their routine meal preparation, how totransform traditional Latino meals into healthy flavorful cuisine. This also shows the dedication and support of our Sodexo chefs, cross divisionally, on promoting health and wellness in our communities.

Wassim, I also want to thank you, Alphonso, Jorge and or course Jason for opening the Loyola Marymount kitchen to not only the Office of Diversity but to our Sodexo Latin community. This continues to show our commitment to our community roots.

Thank you again for a wonderful job! "

Julie, LMU Staff
Tuesday, March 13, 2012

"Thank you for a job well done on Saturday Night. With all that was going on this evening, our guests were very satisfied.

I appreciate all you do."

Judy, LMU Staff
Tuesday, March 13, 2012

"We have received many messages about the delicious food, the wait staff and the setting.  Kathy Aikenhead said it was fabulous ­ the best ever!

Another CEO said that out of the many, many events he has attended, this was by far the best -- he had never seen a quieter or more attentive wait staff.  I agree ­ they cleared dishes and served dessert and coffee with no sound while Elyn was speaking!  A feat in itself.

The room was gorgeous, the food delicious.  My chicken was so moist and tasty.  It was wonderful to have the engaging Chef Cayanan there.  I think his presence and the cuisine made a difference in the bidding.

With gratitude."

Rebuka, LMU Student
Thursday, March 8, 2012

"I am writing to you because I am truly impressed with the improved customer service at Jamba. . Now I see that Jamba is making some improvements, and I came in last week while Sam and Jesenya were working and even though it was only the two of them and a bite of a wait, I am truly satisfied with the service. I felt bad for Sam because he was the only one making the drinks but he was so fast and quick. Even though they both were swamped with orders they were still smiling and extremely pleasant towards each customer. And in addition to that, the qualities of the drinks were great. Thick and delicious. Now nothing tops GREAT WORK JAMBA TEAM!!!!

*Also Sam’s smoothie is the best. I've tired two of them and they need to be on the Jamba menu."
Shelly W, EMBA Program Coordinator
Wednesday, January 18, 2012

"Lunch Tuesday was great! I did what I’m always in fear of over there – ATE TOO MUCH!!! The bread pudding was to die for."

Shelley

Shelly W., EMBA Program Coordinator
Tuesday, December 13, 2011

"You are my hero!! The food was so good…I hope you had as much fun making it as I had eating it!

I had taken about 4 of the little gingerbread cookies to take home to my “babies” but every time I left them alone someone came along & ate them! I finally had one of the servers wrap them up for me so they could stay hidden."

Stacey H. (LMU)
Monday, December 12, 2011

"I just wanted to let you know that the food for campus ministry meeting last week on Thursday was amazing. Everyone really enjoyed it. I only got to try the Orzo salad, but it was the best I had ever tasted it and it is always good. I could have eaten it for a meal and everyone was saying how great the food was. Big thanks to you and the other chefs!"

Lorianne H. (LMU)
Monday, November 28, 2011

"Thank you to you & your staff for your help to make Thanksgiving Dinner a little more family style this year.The staff helped me & my staff host approximately 50 people this year for Thanksgiving Dinner.First, this was a record number for us for attendance.Students felt welcome.Students who attended enjoyed the dinner.I tried to visit each table to invite them to the movie and my apartment for dessert later in the evening.They all appreciated the family style thanksgiving dinner.

Thank you Jason, Amyna & AJ for the collaboration. It truly was a team effort. I appreciated that your staff was reminded people to join for the dinner the day before if they were here on Thanksgiving day.Thank you!

I am truly thankful for the work we have done this year so far.I am looking forward to the future possibilities ahead of us."

Keeping the Ball Rolling Participants
Monday, November 21, 2011

"Thank you so much for catering our “Keep the Ball Rolling” pancake breakfast program. We really appreciate your help in making that night a special one for students. The event turned out great with about 600 students in attendance and we could not have it done without your help! Thank you."

 

Stacy H. (LMU)
Monday, November 7, 2011

"So the dust has finally settled and I have slept all weekend, and now have some time to send you a huge THANK YOU for all that you did to make the Opus events a success. I really appreciate it. The food was delicious and everything went so well. Thanks again."


Dr. Paige A. (LMU)
Wednesday, November 02, 2011


"Thank you for letting me know and please extend my sincerely appreciation to Mr. Adams, and all of the wonderful people at Sodexo for assisting us in our very special program to help the pregnant and parenting teens who come to LMU to receive services from the Helen B. Landgarten Art Therapy Clinic."

Best regards,
Paige

Clinic Director
Helen B. Landgarten Art Therapy Clinic Graduate Department, Marital & Family Therapy
College of Communication & Fine Arts Loyola Marymount University

Barbara M. (Thomas Riley High School)
Wednesday, November 02, 2011

"I just read all of the passing emails.

YIPPEE YAHOO and YIPPPEEEE! This is FANTASTIC news!

A thousand heartfelt thanks, I know this happened because of your great ability to connect the dots and make it happen. My deep thanks on behalf of myself and my students.  You truly are changing lives with the use of your life. You never know how far one act of kindness can reach. This is how miracles happen.

Best wishes always for being our angel."

Judy D. (LMU)
Tuesday, October 4, 2011

"At today’s HBL Council Luncheon meeting in the Foley Green Room, I heard back from the participants that it was the best luncheon ever!  The  chicken salad entrée and chocolate brulee were a huge hit.

Thank you again for all your help in the planning; and please extend a special thanks to the chefs who prepared the delicious lunch."


Fr. Randy R. (LMU)
Tuesday, October 4, 2011

"You and your Sodexo team were of the greatest help possible to the Ignatian Volunteer Corps staff members for whom the Center for Ignatian Spirituality put on the Sunday banquet in the Roski dining room, not only doing the ordinary setup, but helping us with tablecloths where we needed them, and working around our volunteers as they added decorations. You were most gracious in providing extra tables when we ran out of space for all the raffle and auction items that we wanted to display.

Thank you for taking care of the challenge of fitting seats for 190 persons at tables where fewer seats would be the norm. I did not hear anyone complain about crowding.

By the time people came into the room, I did not see anything on the floor, though I do not remember seeing your staff pick up the obvious larger pieces.

The dining room looked terrific. The food service was amazing, as there were hardly any small delays in replenishing dishes as they were emptied, and almost 200 people had their food in a very short time. The bar service duo were excellent, making sure to gather up all the donated items and helping to load them for transportation back to the cars of those who brought them.

Many of the people who attended the banquet had not been to LMU before. They were very positively impressed, and rightly so. They would not find better service at any of the hotels in our area, I am sure.

Many, many thanks for not only the things that I noticed, but the many that I did not see, and that you perhaps consider “ordinary.” I believe that you and your team could not have provided more excellent service."

 

Jan P.W. (BA Inc)
Tuesday, October 4, 2011

"I wanted to thank you for all your assistance. It turned out wonderfully!  The a la carte breakfast delighted AND surprised them because of the variety but especially the COFFEE! These people are really coffee drinkers :).  Everyone enjoyed the sandwiches. The persons whose names were spelled out on the special orders felt—I think—a little more special. I want to complement the person who prepared my sandwich – beef with caramelized onions on the baguette was extremely delicious—thank you, thank you, thank you—for such a treat.

Your staff that set-up the food and picked it up (the breakfast) were kind, courteous and helpful.
In other words, I appreciate all that was done and am satisfied with all the services."

 

SHO Student Staff Training Committee
Monday, October 3, 2011

"Thank you so much for providing a delicious meal for our students, explaining all that LMU Hospitality has to offer and catering countless meals during training. Our students really enjoyed your food and as staff members we appreciated the ease. Thank you!"

 

Alma B. (LMU)
Tuesday, September 27, 2011

"The reunion weekend, alumni barbecue and Centennial birthday party were a resounding success! We could not have done it without you.

A lot of work and stress went into making it work. Please know how much I appreciate everything that was done on our behalf. We have had nothing but positive comments. It makes our department look great and is a wonderful reflection of our University.

Thank you, Gracias, Mercis and all that jazz!"

Carol G. (LMU)
Tuesday, September 27, 2011

"I had lunch at the Hill for the first time today and it was greatKudos to whoever it is on your staff responsible for it."

 

Margaret H. (LMU)
Tuesday, September 27, 2011

"I went to the faculty/staff luncheon at the Hill today and it was wonderful! The food was delicious and the ambience was relaxed and inviting. We felt it was definitely worth the walk!"

 

Dina D. (WLA)
Thursday, September 15, 2011

" Fernando and WLA team, I want to thank Chef Fernando for his direct involvement this weekend. It makes such a positive impact having a Chef on sight. It seems that we are off to a very good start. Rachel and Lynne the feedback is so important and helpful. Blanca I want to thank you and your staff for embracing the change.Thank you for your hard work."

Alma B. (LMU)
Wednesday, September 14, 2011

" Yesterday turned out so well in so many ways and I want the rest of the staff to know how much I appreciate everyone's efforts. Thank you for helping me work out the menu which was the perfect combination of food. The presentation of the food was really wonderful. It was appealing to look at, bite size and easy to handle and once you tasted it, the food was delicious. I had gotten tired of having crab cakes, but the small size caught my eye, and I found myself eating quite a few. Thank you, Fernando. Jason did a wonderful job of having everything ready on time. The servers not only did a great job in replenishing, but they were able to tie the bows on my tables so that they looked beautiful. Thank you, Mercie and Gracias. "

 

Chake K. (LMU)
Friday, September 02, 2011

" I just want to commend you on the quality of food at Roski.  There is a variety of soups, creamy and not creamy, moderate amount of salt, etc."

 

Janice M. (LMU)
Thursday, August 25, 2011

" I wanted to thank you and your crew for the lunch service yesterday at our all day retreat.  Being an all-day retreat we conducted intense business for 2.5 hours and then had a break and then after lunch continued with the another 3 hours of intense dedicated work.  The breakfast gave us a good start to the day, and late break sodas and cookies a boost to get us through the day’s end.  The faculty group enjoyed the Southern Style BBQ menu with added watermelon and salad.  The outdoor patio venue provided us to get some fresh air, enjoy the delicious bbq picnic style food, and relax our minds for a while.  This gave us an atmosphere to chat and eat great food together for a good start at the beginning of the school year.  Many faculty commented on how good the food was and went back for seconds.Thanks again for helping us out. "

 

Luke M. (CTY Conference)
Friday, August 19, 2011

" I would like to inform you of the superb and professional staff you have representing your company.  Dana your head chef not only models leader through his interactions with the customer but with his staff. I would like to thank you for making my experience at LMU one of the best I've ever had with dining commons on any college campus I've ever been on. I've traveled around the world through business and personal travel to many college campuses, the LMU dining commons is by far the best food I've ever had the chance to enjoy. Please thank your staff and let them know how great of a job they are doing. Jason it was a pleasure and a treat to experience the Sodexo experience. "

Maria M. (LMU)
Thursday, August 18, 2011

" I want to let you know that this menu was great!  President Burcham enjoyed it very much.  Since one of our guests could not attend, I had the extra lunch brought down to me.  It was delicious.  We look forward to enjoying more of the Chefs creations.  Thank you. "

 

Nan M. (LMU)
Wednesday, August 17, 2011

" I want to really thank you for the catering service we got today. Your team was absolutely AMAZING! The food was fantastic and the service was just perfect. My staff really seemed to enjoy themselves and have all had positive things to say! Fernando was easy to work with and just excited to put together the menu. His enthusiasm really made the event for me. The onsite chef was great. Julie Pouget and Susi Han who I also worked with did just a wonderful job! I am going to spread the word about the catering service we got today and I already shared with Rich my positive experience! Thank you so much again, the care we received really meant a lot! "

 

Patricia M. (L.A. Non-Profit)
Friday, July 29, 2011

" I want to thank you and your people for the wonderful meals. It was such a pleasure to meet the chef and thank impersonally to let him know what his work means to these homeless kids who have been so marginalized and ignored.   It was so much fun to uncover the beef brisket last night. I thought the kids, especially the boys, were going to go nuts when they saw it. I would bet that the majority of them have not have beef in months if not years. I wish I could have filmed it for you so that you and your team could have shared the joy!  Thank you again for your wonderful meals, and personally I want to thank all of you for your cheerful and kind reception when I appear! "

 

Martin A. (LMU)
Tuesday, July 26, 2011

" I wanted to share a note of gratitude with you. Your catering team here in UHALL has been super all year but I especially want to let you know how helpful, professional and service-oriented Julio Diaz has been. LMU is hosting a three day FEMA Higher Education Training workshop for the western region starting today. DPS placed a beverage service order for the wrong time and when I called Julio for assistance this morning he quickly jumped into action and made it happen. I know how busy both our area of operations can be and how often we get asked to perform things last minute. So it means that much more to me and I am grateful. Thank you and please share my appreciation with your team. "

 

Anthony G. (LMU)
Friday, July 22, 2011

" I want to thank each of you from the bottom of my heart for your support today for the Admitted Student BBQ.  I got wonderful feedback from both students and parents and they are all very excited to come to LMU in the fall.  I truly believe that we are making an impact in their successful transition to LMU and it could not be done without all of you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! "

 

Nora R. (LMU)
Tuesday, July 19, 2011

" I just wanted to let you know that today’s menu was an extremely huge success

success! Everyone enjoyed it thoroughly and ate everything! Amazing!  Wow!  Maria was excellent and did a great job in the set up and providing the service for the group – overall 100%.  Thank you! "

 

Gabriela D. (LMU)
Tuesday, July 19, 2011

" I just want to take a quick moment to thank you for the amazing set-up and service provided on July 15th.  Dr. Prisco mentioned that the event had been a success and was very pleased with the outcome. I truly feel that you and all your staff went above and beyond to make this event be as successful as it was so thank you.  I truly appreciate you working with me on such a short notice and still managed to impress us and our guest.  You are a value beyond words. "

 

Maria M. (LMU)
Friday, July 15, 2011

" The President and I thank you all very much for today's impeccable service given the circumstance and your continued professionalism. We are indeed fortunate to have such a great team. We appreciate you! "

 

Tres. M (LMU)
Friday, July 15, 2011

" I just wanted to take a moment to tell you that despite the circumstances and the grand odds against them, Alfonso, Tobias, John and Victor made it happen today.  I learned this morning at 10 AM that the 11:30 lunch prepared for 8 would instead be served for 11.  I called your kitchen team and also left you a voicemail on your cell phone immediately.   Alfonso later confirmed (at my request) that we had enough tarts for dessert and we wouldn’t need to change the dessert or reprint the presentation menus which were already on the table.  At 10:55, I learned that the guests would be arriving early at 11:15—only 20 minutes later at the time.  I informed you of the change and told you I was headed upstairs to assist. I arrived in the Dreier Suite about 10 minutes later.  The chefs were in the kitchen, the guests had arrived (even earlier than 11:15) and all of the staff were hustling to complete their tasks.  We seated the guests just before 11:15, dropped bread baskets and beverages and didn’t wait a moment for the salads before they were served.  The salads were wonderful; the variety of colors in the heirloom tomatoes, the painted Mozzarella and the drizzled plate were simple and elegant.  The entrée didn’t disappoint for presentation or quality, and the desserts were beautiful.  I can’t believe your team could adjust for 3 additional guests in only 75 minutes AND serve a flawless lunch 15 minutes early! I just wanted to relay the good news.  You and I are lucky to have people like Alfonso, Tobias, John and Victor on our respective (and shared) teams.  I wish you could have seen their great work.  My hat’s off to them!  Please relay my thanks. "

 

Fr. Rich R. (LMU Jesuit Community)
Tuesday, July 05, 2011

" I wish to extend the Jesuit Community’s thanks to you and your staff for an excellent party last evening.  It could not have been better!  Everyone worked very hard and it showed.  It is evenings like this that people remember for a long time.  Thank you. "

 

 
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