While eating at one of the UNH dining halls on any given day is like stepping into a five-star restaurant, the special events throughout the year really bring it to a whole new level. This years Beast Feast, held on October 24, was no exception. I must admit, this is one of my favorite events throughout the year, so needless to say I was pretty excited. Though I wish I had done a Halloween food crawl at each dinning hall, this year I attended HoCo’s bash!
If there’s one thing we know how to do at UNH, it’s celebrate. Every staff member was dressed up in creative costumes, from witches to condiments to a realistic looking Jack Sparrow. Inside HoCo, the mood was set with dimmed lights and a soundtrack of classic Halloween music (Monster Mash, anyone?). The decorations could have been plucked out of any haunted house, complete with tombstones and spider webs. There was even a trick-or-treating area complete with bowls of candy, any child’s – ahem, college student’s dream.
All three dining halls had their own unique menus, complete with clever Halloween themed names. General Gau Tofu turned into Rotten Teeth, Fried Mozzarella Sticks became Frankenstein’s Fried Toes, and Pumpkin Bisque was Jack O’ Lantern Soup, to name a few. The real star of the night was the dessert, especially the S’more Pizza (or Death by Dough—an accurate assessment). Even the sushi got a sugar makeover, with pieces of cake topped with giant gummy fish and mini rice crispy treats with skeleton candies. There were decorated cupcakes and cake, which are a regular favorite among students. May I just point out, what other school has their own pastry chef? I digress… From cats to witches to skeletons, each one was more detailed than the next.
Looking around the room, everyone had the same reactions. “How cool is this?!” or “Did you try this? It’s so good!” were popular sentiments across the board. UNH Dining always does a great job wowing students, but they especially make us feel like we are celebrating holidays at home. For me, Halloween is my dad’s favorite holiday. He breaks out the skull that changes colors and for many years took my friends and I trick-or-treating in a Spiderman costume. The Beast Feast reminds me of all those great childhood memories, and allows me create new ones on campus. And, of course, eat cupcakes like they’re going out of style.
Written by Samantha Friedman, UNH Class of 2015