Who doesn’t love the Olympics? That’s what the Northern Michigan University Dining was thinking when it hosted an Olympic Dinner in February as part of its Winter Fest Homecoming events. The meal coincided with the Winter Olympics in Sochi and each dish was inspired by a country represented at the Olympics. Sharon Carey, NMU’s director of dining services, said approximately 2,800 students showed up for the dinner at MarketPlace, the school’s largest dining facility. The cost to students was the same as any meal there, and Carey said plate costs were similar to the normal meal options offered, but that the staff went above and beyond with the decorations.
The Olympic Winter Fest Dinner was hosted at the Marketplace, NMU’s largest dining facility.
Some of the guests’ favorite dishes included the gyros from the Mongolian grill, the margarita pizza and the gluten-free jerk chicken tacos with mango salsa, in honor of the Jamaican bobsled team’s triumphant return to the Olympics.
The entire space was decked out in red, white and blue for the home country, but the others were well represented throughout the hall. The food made to represent the U.S. team were the simple, but beloved snow cones, in red, white and blue, of course.
Flags from many of the competing countries hung from the ceiling, while food like Noodles Romanoff, Kielbasa and Sauer Kraut were offered below at the noodle station and an Asian Burger dressed with a house-made Soy-Ginger Mayo and Asian Slaw were featured at the grill station.
Gyros from the Mongolian/Greek station were a hit amongst the students.
A taco bar offered plenty of options.
Guests were treated to a range of desserts, including a candy buffet and chocolate-covered strawberries.
Miniature flags adorned many of the offerings and Carey said the goal of such an event is to break up the monotony for students and staffs and provide something different.