AMHERST, Mass. – Halloween treats on tap for students at the University of Massachusetts Amherst include 6,500 pounds of lobster, 600 pounds of steak, 1,500 pounds of chicken and 1,200 portions of eggplant. All four dining commons on campus are preparing to serve up the Maine lobsters, New York strip steaks and Aubergine (roasted eggplant) with goat cheese and fruited couscous Oct. 29 from 4:30-7:30 p.m. as part of the Halloween special offered each year by the UMass Dining Services department.
Dining services, which has long since stopped serving scary dining hall fare, is also offering a dessert of Bananas Foster, a quintessential New Orleans dish, dirt cake and pumpkin pie. Students can pay $10 for the meal or have a meal deducted from the campus meal plan.
According to Ken Toong, director of dining services, the lobster and steak dinner gets more popular each year. “We think this is the largest amount of lobster being consumed at any campus event in the nation,” he said. Toong hastens to add that he secured an excellent price for the lobsters and other delicacies.
As part of the festivities students will have the opportunity to compete in both costume and pumpkin-carving contests. Students with the top three best costumes in each of the four dining halls will be awarded a $30 gift certificate to the University Club and a $20 gift certificate to C-Stores on campus. The pumpkin-carving contest is limited to 20 participants in each of the four dining halls. All prizes for this contest will come from the campus convenience stores. First prize winners will receive $100 gift certificates; second place will receive $50 gift certificates and third place will get $25. Dining services is also offering fortune telling and a magic show for entertainment.
Contact Ken Toong, dining services director, at 413/545-2472.