Dec 2, 2008

Sodexho gets into the Christmasspirit with a special dinner

by Danielle Jacobs

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, and even the Reber-Thomas Dining Hall is getting into the act. Two days after students return from Thanksgiving Break, they will receive the spirit of the holiday season on a platter with a massive Christmas dinner.

Thousands of on-campus students eat at the dining hall every day at Liberty, but only a few times a year do the staff and establishment adopt a theme night and change the selection of food and atmosphere inside. Tuesday, Dec. 2 will be one of those nights.

“I like that the Sodexho employees make such an effort to make a Christmas atmosphere for us,” senior Levi Baker said, reflecting on the special night the dining hall puts on each year to commemorate the holiday.

Every year they make it happen, and this year has proven to be no different. Resident Marketing Specialist Elizabeth Van Wingerden pointed out that the culinary staff created the menu, and the marketing department drew up the decorations for the special night.

That night, students can expect to hear holiday music, but they can also expect to see Santa Claus and his elves, according to Van Wingerden.

“Students can sit on his lap for pictures and tell him what they want,” Van Wingerden said.

 Christmas trees will be present in the dining hall, adding to the atmosphere. Van Wingerden said the Chamber Singers will serve the diners as resident carolers.

Junior Lauren Zinecker remembered the atmosphere being “incredible” at Christmas dinners from past years.

“Whenever they do holiday dinners, everyone gets excited – not only for the food, but also to be able to go and hang out.”
Senior Doug Townshend acknowledged the incredible atmosphere, but his favorite part, like many students’, will be the food.

Van Wingerden and the culinary staff had drawn up the menu by mid-November, and it includes “carved roast beef, whole roasted chicken, some vegetable sides (green bean casserole, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes), rice pilaf, pecan pie, coconut pie, red velvet cake,” according to Van Wingerden.

With such fondness from past memories, students are already looking forward to the newest Christmas dinner prepared at Liberty.

“It brings you (students) together and gives you one last memory to share before you go home,” Zinecker said.

“It gets me excited to go home,” Baker said.

Students are expected in the usual massive crowds come Dec. 2.


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