The lines were long, the aromas were enticing and the world was represented at Winter Holiday Feast in the Dining Commons on Thursday December 8.
With stations serving ham and turkey, latkes and brisket, and an array of sweets including sweet potato pie for Kwanzaa, gingerbread cookies for Christmas, cinnamon babka for Hanukah and dates for Mawlid, an Islamic celebration of the Prophet Muhammad’s birth, no one left hungry.
“I have worked on several events throughout the year with our Director of Dining Services Greg Gamwell, to celebrate culture and tell a story through the food served,” says James Dulin, Assistant Director, Social Justice & Inclusion. “Jeremy Tavares and the team in the dining commons have made this possible as they have put their all into the meals.”
Faculty and staff helped staff the food stations, ladling out macaroni and cheese, pouring gravy onto the full plates and helping the Mount Ida Community join together for a few hours of seasonal fun.
“Today was a great day,” says Gamwell. “The food was great and the ice sculpture was beautiful, but what I really enjoy seeing are the students,faculty and staff having a festive lunch together, enjoying each others’ company during the holiday season.”
A highlight, says Gamwell was seeing the faculty and staff volunteers. “Not only do the students enjoy seeing different, yet familiar faces behind the serving lines, my staff really enjoys interacting with the community at a whole new level! The volunteers really helped make the lunch exceptional for the Mount Ida community.”
If you missed it, says Dulin, stay tuned. “We will be having a few specialty meals next semester as well including one for the Haitian Carnival celebration.”