February Favorite Moments

February Favorite Moments

We can’t believe February flew by so fast! Featured are some of our favorite February UMass Dining events. Everything from Valentine’s Day and Mardi Gras, to dancing mushrooms in the dining commons!

Super Bowl XLIX Sunday, February 1st

We celebrated Super Bowl Sunday the right way – with tons of food, and a Patriots win! The Dining Commons served up everyone’s favorite Super Bowl snacks and students were able to place their votes on who would take home the trophy with our Patriots vs. Seahawks food tasting event. There was even a special Late Night event at Worcester Dining commons to celebrate the Patriot’s win.



UClub Grand Opening Ceremony, February 5th

We were happy to unveil the newly renovated University Club & Restaurant at the grand opening ceremony to the campus community. Guests were able to sample the delicious new menu, tour the newly designed rooms and enjoy company in the renovated lounge and expanded bar. A commemorative toast by David Eichstaedt the Director of Retail, welcomed faculty, staff, and students to enjoy the new space!


Inter-University Iron Chef Student Competition, February 7th

This year we held the 2nd Annual Inter-University Iron Chef Student Competition. We welcomed culinary students from Yale, College of the Holy Cross, McGill University, University of New Hampshire, University of Ottawa, and UMass Amherst into Hampshire Dining Common to compete! This year Yale hoisted the cup as the Champions of the Iron Chef event, and McGill University won people’s choice and the brownie competition. Congrats!


Valentine's Day, February 14th

We were feeling the love this Valentine's Day and we love our students! We brought in this special holidy with a fabulousVantines menu featuring delicious chocolate desserts in the Dining Commons. We had Cupid handing out fresh red roses to the first 100 customers in all the DCs to show our love!


Mardi Gras, February 17th

We let the good times roll this Mardi Gras! We celebrated this festive holiday handing out beads to students and listening to live jazz music. Dishes inspired by traditional Cajun and Creole flavors like you’ve heard about and of course sides of red beans and rice were served all night!


Chinese New Year, February 18th

This year, we rang in the Chinese New Year with traditional lion dances, lucky money giveaways, and delicious Chinese cuisine. The dining halls came alive with authentic music and dance entertainment from the UMass Amherst Chinese Students and Scholars Association. Lucky students even had a chance to feed the lions!


Mushroom Mania, February 26th

As part of Guest Chef Series, we welcomed famous Guest Chef Jehangir Mehta for a fun filled Mushroom Mania event! Recognized as the Top Indian Chef in America, Mehta held several cooking demonstrations in Blue Wall, The UClub, and in the Berkshire Room teaching students the benefits and added flavors of cooking with mushrooms! There were even dancing mushrooms at the event!


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