Hey all. I sat down today and was hyped up to write an excellent blog about Harvest Dinner when I suddenly realized I left my camera up at Bates. I had taken great pictures of the ice sculptures, live band, decorations, and of course all the food, but in my haste to get home for Thanksgiving Break I forgot to pack my camera. So……
I will fill you in with all the details so you can form your own mental images of the event, and then when I get back to campus I can post the pictures and provide you with some visual evidence of the awesomeness that is Harvest Dinner.
Many of you may be wondering: what is Harvest Dinner? Good question. In short, the week before Thanksgiving break every year, the all-star Bates dining staff gets together and provides the Bates community with an epically-themed send-off meal. Students, professors, and other Bates employees all pile into a beautifully-decorated Commons to eat a delicious turkey dinner and to enjoy the festivities (raffle with prizes, live band, horse-drawn carriage rides, and much more…).
This year’s theme: ‘Bobcat Jones and the Temple of Food’… like I said, epically-themed. In my mind, the meal marks the unofficial start of the holiday season. It’s great that the whole Bates community can get together in a shared space for some good times and a warm meal.
Check out the menu:
Domestic & Imported Cheeses with Seasonal Fruit
Mixed Greens Salad w/choice of dressing one to be cranberry vinaigrette
Bread & Butter Pickles
Spiced Pumpkin Soup
Native Seafood Chowder
Roast Breast of Turkey (Turkey Gravy)
Slow Roasted Pot Roast w/ Onions, Native Maine Potatoes and Carrots (Pot Roast Gravy)
Lobster Stuffed Haddock
Butternut Squash Casserole
Peas & Onions
Mashed Potatoes (vegan)
Cape Cod Cranberry Sauce
Green Bean and Tofu Stir Fry
Eggplant and Read Bean Stew
Basmati Rice w/Asparagus & Cashews
Chocolate Cream Pie
Pecan Toffee Pie
The best part by far is dessert (due to space constraints dessert is served in the Grey Cage gym). Chocolate fountains, pies of all kinds, cookies, hot cider, etc.
While enjoying dessert, the Trashion Fashion Show (fashion show/contest with outfits made entirely out of reusable/recyclable materials) takes place.
Pictures to follow when I get back up to Bates. Enjoy Thanksgiving everyone! Until next time…