UNH Dining hosts ninth annual event, implements new schedule
Published: Friday, September 20, 2013
Updated: Friday, September 20, 2013 02:09
The delicious smells of applewood smoked ham and butternut squash ravioli delighted those who attended UNH’s ninth annual Local Harvest Dinner on Wednesday, Sept. 18.
Every year UNH hosts the Local Harvest Dinner in the dining halls. This year, however, the Local Harvest Dinner was slightly different. Instead of the usual Stillings hosting breakfast, Philbrook hosting lunch and Holloway Commons hosting dinner—all the dining halls were open for dinner.
This change was actually instituted at the request of the students.
“We always meet with student representatives on the dining committee and get feedback across campus in a formal monthly meeting,” Richard LeHoullier, the area manager at Stillings, said.
According to LeHoullier the final decision was based on the annual satisfaction survey.
UNH Dining started the meal nine years ago in Philbrook.
“It was a very popular meal,” LeHoullier said.
The following year they moved it over to Stillings, where the meal became extremely popular.
“The next year we brought the meal to Holloway Commons,” LeHoullier said. “When we opened over there it continued to grow in the past years.”
Because the meal became so popular and crowded, UNH Dining decided to try and make it a day event. This would include breakfast, lunch and dinner split between the three dining halls.
“It was so popular and lines became so long that some students thought it could be more improved if all three were open,” LeHoullier said.
LeHoullier claimed it would be better for students living in different parts of campus to enjoy it in their own dining halls. This year, to help reduce crowding in Holloway Commons for dinner during the Local Harvest Dinner, UNH Dining opened all three dining halls just for dinner.
“We just listened to the students to see what they wanted,” LeHoullier said. “It also gives us a chance to offer more with three dining halls open.”
Many students enjoyed all the different yummy treats from the Local Harvest Feast. Julie Arbour, a sophomore, said that her favorites were the crackers and cheese at Stillings. Freshman Max DesMarais seemed to also enjoy the food at the Local Harvest Dinner.
“I thought the food was delicious,” DesMarais said.
Many students did miss the all-day event, claiming they liked jumping from dining hall to dining hall during the Local Harvest Feast that occurred in past years.
“I like going to each dining hall,” sophomore Melissa Iverson said. “I feel like there was more variety that way, more food options.”
However, not all students opposed the change.
Stillings, Philbrook and, especially, Holloway Commons were still crowded, leaving students thinking the change might have been beneficial.
“There were way too many people there,” DesMarais said. “If they didn’t have all three dining halls open, there would have been even more people, and longer lines.”
Arbour agreed that she liked the change, stating that the switch to a dinner-only format made the event more significant.
“I didn’t really mind that it was just all three open for dinner,” Arbour said. “It kind of made it more special just having dinner. It gave me something to look forward to.”