We believe that the ingredients for a truly memorable dining experience include a dose of fun and a spoonful of creativity. Each year, we collaborate with students to host special events and themed dinners. Below are highlights from some of our favorites!
To prepare for exams, you will need to hit the books—and the dining hall! The night before exams begin, we invite you to take a study break and fuel up with an annual favorite: the Moonlight Breakfast. This late night event is sponsored by the Offices of Student Life in partnership with Dining Services. A roving trivia team provides entertainment and hands out goody bags, staff volunteers assist in serving and you won't want to miss the wildly popular decorate-your-own cupcake bar.
World Vegetarian Day
World Vegetarian Day is traditionally observed on Oct. 1. On this day, the College's largest dining hall, Harris, goes (mostly) vegetarian. In previous years, our chef and his team have created such tempting vegan and vegetarian delicacies that we were overwhelmed with positive feedback from vegetarians and carnivores alike!
This early “Friendsgiving” celebration typically takes place in various dining halls one week prior to the official celebration. Dinner includes all of the traditional touches, plus a bread bar featuring rustic breads from a local artisan bakery and herbed butter spreads. At Freeman, our vegetarian/vegan dining hall, we accomplish a “traditional” Thanksgiving menu by bending the rules a bit.
This themed lunch opens up a world of opportunity for our chefs. Regions and countries represented on the menu have included India, North Africa, Scotland, the Middle East, the Mediterranean, North America, Cuba, Indonesia, Brazil, Vietnam, China and Italy.
Taking its name from a well-known Seinfeld episode, Festivus is Connecticut College's annual non-denominational holiday party. We serve a special dinner in our main dining hall, Harris, and decorate for the holidays! Each residence hall hosts its own Festivus party and the evening culminates with dessert and dancing in the College Center at Crozier-Williams, known as "Cro."
Don't be deterred by our spooktacular treats and decorations!
Taste of Harris
During this special lunch, we host a food show where vendors come showcase new products for everyone to try! Students get to vote on their favorites and we select new items to serve based on their feedback.
Soup & Bread
On Tuesdays and Thursdays, Freeman Dining Hall offers fresh baked bread from a local artisan bakery and a variety of delicious soups for lunch. Pair your soup & bread with a salad from the salad bar to round out this healthy and delicious vegetarian/vegan meal!
The Senior Dinner is a cooperative effort with the sophomore class. The sophomores select a theme for the annual festivities, and we plan the menu together. We begin with hors d'oeuvre stations, then segue to a formal, plated three-course dinner.
Eclipse is one of the longest-running student-produced events at Connecticut College. For over 40 years, students have been coming together to showcase their talents as a means of raising cultural awareness. Harris Dining Hall is taken over on Thursday night for a cast dinner and we create a special menu in coordination with Eclipse that is served to the entire campus.
South Campus Theme Dinner
South Campus is home to our smaller dining halls, which allows us to be more adventurous, like we were with the recent "50 Shades of Blue." Other themes include “Mardi Gras”, “Classic French” and “Tailgating” dinners!
Feel the love! On Valentine’s Day, we create a menu of student favorites that is anchored by delectable desserts! Past favorites have included Braised Boneless Beef Short Ribs; Heart Shaped Ravioli ala Vodka; Chocolate Dipped Strawberries; and Raspberry Chocolate Cake with Belgian Dark Chocolate Ganache.
Lunar New Year
We offer a menu (starting with Seaweed Soup & finishing with Fresh Mango Pudding!) of traditional celebratory dishes from the many countries that celebrate this holiday. Celebratory dishes from China, Japan, South Korea, Vietnam & Malaysia have been represented. Eating dumplings, slurping noodles, and sipping tea grants many of us exposure to traditional cuisine, while international students get a taste of home.