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 a number of special events and themed dinners. Below are highlights from some our favorites!


This early celebration, a “Friendsgiving” if you will, typically takes place in various dining halls one week and a day prior to the official celebration. Dinner includes all of the traditional touches, plus a Bread Bar featuring rustic breads from an 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.

World Vegetarian Day

VeggiesWorld Vegetarian Day is traditionally observed on Oct. 1. On this day, the College's largest dining hall, Harris, goes (mostly) vegetarian. (Every other day of the year, Freeman serves as the vegetarian/vegan dining hall). In previous years, the chef and his team have created such tempting vegan and vegetarian delicacies that we were overwhelmed with positive feedback from vegetarians and carnivores alike!

International Lunch

This themed lunch, which takes place during International Education Week, opens up a world of opportunity for our chefs. Regions and countries represented on the menu include: India, North Africa, Scotland, 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. Each residence hall hosts its own Festivus party and a special dinner is served in Harris. The evening culminates with dessert and a dance in the College Center at Crozier-Williams, known as "Cro."

Moonlight Breakfast

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 10 p.m.-midnight 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.

HalloweenCamel cookies for halloween

Don't be deterred by our spooktacular treats.

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" dinner.

Valentine’s Day

Feel the love! On Valentines Day, we create a menu of student favorites that is anchored by delectable desserts!


This day-long student spring festival, held in May, is a favorite tradition featuring live music, dancing and eight hours of food!  

Senior Dinner

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.