Penn State Campus Residential Dining Spreads the Holiday Spirit

Five girls pose in photo booth wearing holiday apparel
Friday, December 9, 2016

As the holidays are approaching and the semester is ending, Penn State Campus Residential Dining hosted its annual holiday dinner, this year: Italian themed. Christmas music and holiday joy filled the air on Wednesday, Dec. 7th for their second special themed dinner.

Students and staff had the chance to travel and get a taste of Italy all in one night and at all five dining common locations! When guests entered, they were amused by the holiday decorations and Italian landmarks. While West was illuminated with colorful lights at their decorate-your-own cookie station, Pollock had a beautiful ice sculpture of Pisa. As students at Findlay enjoyed the buffet style dining experience, students at South made special memories at the photo booth. Friends were eager to dress up with Santa hats, Penn State gear and chicken hats for their holiday picture. Staff members also showed their holiday spirit by dressing up in their Christmas attire. And of course, Old Saint Nick and the Grinch made an appearance at West!

Once students grabbed a tray, the journey began. Guests had the entree options of gnocchi with brown butter and pine nuts, linguine with clams, mussels and calamari, Italian polenta with tomato eggplant sauce and stuffed braciole. Healthy sides were also available which included broccoli rabe and sauteed fresh greens. Additionally, students got to enjoy a selections of meat and vegetable platters and a bread and dip bar with ricotta lemon basil honey spread and hot spinach artichoke dip. Along with that, attendees were given the option of filling their trays with a creamy langostino bisque or italian wedding soup.              

While some students sprinkled marshmallows on their peppermint hot chocolate, others enjoyed a traditional eggnog or an Italian soda. After leaving empty trays, it was finally dessert time! The pastry display was filled with tiramisu, pecan tassies, ricotta cookies and holiday cookies. With the variety of dessert options, students were excited to try one of each.  Overall, the Italian Holiday dinner was truly the perfect way to end the semester and the year with our Penn State family.

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