If you read my blog post about the Beast Feast, then you know I’m a big fan of UNH Dining theme nights. So naturally I was super excited for the Thanksgiving Dinner that was held on Wednesday, November 14th. All three dining halls participated, with different twists on the classic holiday.
There was the standard but necessary turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, and gravy served at each hall. However, the food I look forward to the most during a UNH Thanksgiving is the Tofurky. I know what you’re thinking: how could someone get so excited about Tofurky? Trust me when I tell you it is delicious. While I love all of the side dishes that go along with Turkey Day, I was so enthused to be able to enjoy the “turkey” part of “Turkey Day.” That didn’t stop me, of course, from indulging in some awesome additions to HoCo’s meal. Fun side dishes included mashed butternut squash and green been casserole. There was a spread of different rolls and muffins, a veggie platter with dip, and a cheese platter with crackers. In typical HoCo fashion, there were also two different kinds of cranberry sauce: jellied or whole berry. I don’t know about you, but this has been a debate for many years in my family during the holidays. You are either Team Jelly or Team Whole Berry, and no matter which side of the aisle you’re on, UNH had you covered!
Don’t even get me started on the “pie bar.” Fresh apple, pecan, and pumpkin pies lined the counter, plus a cheesecake option for those interested. They all looked like something your grandmother would make for your Thanksgiving, and of course were amazing. It wouldn’t be a UNH Dining event without a decorated cake, and this year’s didn’t disappoint. A cute turkey with a fork and knife adorned one cake, with an additional tiered cake winning the elegance award. As if that wasn’t enough, there was yummy bread pudding being warmed up in a flat top grill, with a caramel sauce to go with it.
All of the thought that went into the Thanksgiving meal, from the tablecloths to the cornucopias to the Andes mints, is what truly makes UNH Dining events so special. It gives students the chance to celebrate the holidays with their UNH family. My friends and I are all from different places and have different Thanksgiving traditions, but the UNH Thanksgiving has become a tradition for us too. While I will have to wait until the actual Thanksgiving Day to watch the Macy’s Day Parade with my dad or enjoy my mom’s sweet potato casserole, I did get a chance to eat good food and spend time with great friends. And for that, I am thankful.
Written by Samantha Friedman, UNH Class of 2015