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Thursday, December 22, 2011

2011 Recap, Part 6: November & December

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Part 1 - January/February  |  Part 2 - March/April  |  Part 3 - May/June  Part 4 - July/August  |  Part 5 - September/October

- - NOVEMBER 2011 - -

November was an incredibly busy month for Dining Services. Our Xhibition Kitchen cookbook events were in full swing as the Northeastern community was given the opportunity to be up close and personal with six great chefs at the five unique events held in our Stetson West facility. We once again worked with the university's Latino/a Cultural Student Center to bring Chefs Carlos and Sergio Mendez from Jose's Mexican Restaurant and Viva Mexican Grill for its Cocinar Con Gusto event. We also had four acclaimed food authors demonstrate recipes and cooking techniques from their new cookbooks. Melissa Clark, Kathleen Flinn, Paula Wolfert, and Maria Speck all delighted the XK audience with tales of their culinary journeys and the food they prepared showed how easy, and delicious, seemingly complex dishes can be.

November was also the month we launched our food truck to the streets of Northeastern. After more than 650 name suggestions were submitted online, it was the seven entrants who suggested "Hungry Hungry Husky" who were given the honor of having their name on Northeastern's newest dining location. On November 14, a huge line of students waited before the truck opened for their first taste of the delicious new menu items. "H3" has been a huge hit with the students and will be out even more next semester!

- - DECEMBER 2011 - -

December was surprisingly mild in terms of temperature this year but the season's best events carried on despite a lack of holiday chill. Starbucks and Argo Tea began offering their winter beverages while hot cocoa bars were found several times at the residential dining halls. However, the biggest event of the month was without a doubt our 11th Annual Gingerbread Construction Contest.

After showing the video from last year's event at freshman orientation sessions this summer we received more than 300 entries from interested students. The 65 students who were chosen formed a team with a friend of their choosing and made their way to Levine Marketplace to take over the dining hall during the afternoon and evening of the university's reading day. Unique designs were found at each table, with everything from classic houses to Hogwarts Castle. After the houses were completed, they were put on display for voting in the Xhibition Kitchen's "Gingerbread Village." This was also the first time we offered online voting where each "like" a photo of the house received on Facebook counted as an additional vote. In the end, it was the combination of some additional construction with very detailed decorating that allowed Kennan Hye and Emily Huizenga's  "Christmas Up House" to take home the $100 cash prize. Dining Services also matched the cash prizes to the first, second, third place finishers with a donation to either Toys for Tots or Haley House in the winners' names.

And so ends our recap of 2011. It was a great year for Dining Services and the university as a whole and we're already excited for all the great events we already have planned for you in 2012. For the latest information about Dining Services' events on campus, be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter or visit our website at

See you next year!


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